May. 16th, 2009

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[personal profile] ame
First, I'd like to say I love the idea of this community. I have a vision condition known as Choroideremia. Here is a description of it from the Wikipedia page (A note before reading this, I am female and 25-years-old):

Under a cut for courtesy )

Awareness of this needs to be brought to light, while there may be a majourity of males with this, there are females too. I will live my life wearing glasses (I refuse to wear contacts after having undergone the testing for this condition) and sunglasses. No amount of eye-surgery will ever repair the damage done to my eyes, but this is a no-pity community, so please learn all you can from me. :)

Intro Post

May. 16th, 2009 10:51 am
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[personal profile] trouble
My name is Anna, and I'm an activist for disability and accessibility rights in my city, adgitator of many on-line communities, and advocate for my husband, Don, who has Marfan's Syndrome. I'm also an historian who writes about the history of disability, currently focusing on education and charity work in nineteenth century Nova Scotia. I'm currently in the "temporarily non-disabled" category.

Under the cut is a paragraph about why I joined the community and a question about posting book reviews. )
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[personal profile] staranise
Hi, everybody.  I thought I'd do an intro post too.

I'm Lis; I'm a 22-year-old Canadian university student.  My goal is to be a psychotherapist; that comes pretty directly from having had depression since forever (it became undeniable when I was 11, but I probably had it years before that) and hanging out with a lot of non-neurotypical friends.

There are a lot of niggly things wrong with me.  I think the official list of physical symptoms is eight, but I can only name off about six at any given time, so we'll see how many I get in this post )

It's nice to meet everyone here, and I look forward to this community being awesome.

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...since everyone else is doing it, and I am a lemming...

Hi! I'm [personal profile] ysobel, and I wrote up an entry in my journal explaining the condition I have (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, short summary version of which is that my body creates way too much bone, in or around skeletal muscle / tendons / etc, in ways that make me almost-completely immobile. Er, and there's also pain involved, which is so much fun, as a lot of you are probably aware.)

I also have depression, which isn't quite a disability in the same sense, but kind of is anyway.

*waves at y'all*
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[personal profile] jeshyr
Dear Dreamwidth Users,

One of the nifty new features Dreamwidth has that you probably haven't noticed, unless you use a screen reader, is that all our user icons can have proper descriptions.

For example the icon I've used on this post has the description "Generic glyphs for wheelchair, blindness, sign language & information access". Blind users and others who can't see graphics can read the text instead. Since the icons we choose for posts are often important commentary on the post, it's great that Dreamwidth has this way to make them accessible in text.

BUT these descriptions only work if you enter them on your icon editing page.

To see some example descriptions, you can check out all my icons which tells you the keywords and comments as well as the new description field. The descriptions are meant to be a text equivalent to the icon, so you don't have to describe everything in the icon - just the parts that matter. Once you've read some people's descriptions it should be clearer.

Here are links to the icon pages for some people who have entered icon descriptions, so you can have an idea of what we're doing:
rb's icons
xb95's icons
acelightning's icons
sheelal's icons

Now you can go and add descriptions to your own icons. Start by describing your default icon, or whatever one you use most often. If you have lots, you can always do a few now and a few in a while! Any descriptions are better than no descriptions.

If you have any problems with specific icons, or any other questions, leave a comment and a link so I can find the icon and I'll try to give you a hand. If you have neuro issues that make it hard to come up with descriptions, feel free to leave a comment and somebody may volunteer to help you.

Then please go tell all your friends to describe their icons too!

Happy Accessibility,

[Crossposted mostly from my personal journal here]
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[personal profile] recessional
Hi. I decided to do an intro post, too, because as the subject line implies, I am a lemming.

You can call me M. I found the community via [personal profile] staranise, and it seemed interesting enough to be worth following.

I suffer from major depression and PTSD. I am somewhere on the high end of the Aspergers' section of the Autism Spectrum Disorder. My sister is Autistic, as is one of my cousins. One of my cousins is dyslexic, another is ADHD, my other sister is ADD, my father is pretty much Aspergers' and my mother suffered from depression for much of her adult life. I spent my entire life up until the last three years with "I am the normal one, with no illnesses/disabilities" in my head as a self-identity thing, so I'm still getting used to "actually, you suffer from these other things as well."

I'm also asthmatic and get classic migraines, but these don't have as much impact on my life as I want to live it, so I often forget them until they actually rear their ugly heads.

I look forward to seeing where this community goes.


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