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I was interviewed for this great article by s.e. smith at xojane.com:

Where are all the disabled scientists?

Date: 2012-05-02 01:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalmn
Me too! (I'm Elizabeth.)

Date: 2012-05-02 01:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trouble
It was an awesome article! I recommend avoiding the comments!

Date: 2012-05-02 02:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] green
I second this.

Date: 2012-05-02 04:39 am (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
It's so hard being able-bodied in America these days. :(

Date: 2012-05-02 04:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meloukhia
Oh my stars, those comments. I...yeah. I'm contractually obligated to read them and I informed my editor that I was in flagrant breach of contract after about the first 15.
Edited (nouns are hard) Date: 2012-05-02 04:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-05-02 04:21 pm (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
That must be so frustrating. *sigh*

One thing I would have talked about had the comments not been so awful: The archives here in Ontario do on-site preservation work. (Important stuff!) Because it's a new building, they were able to have the workbenches all made to the heights of the archivists at the time... who were all on the shorter side. When they hired new ones, many of them were tall, so they invested in these new adjustable workbenches that can be easily raised or lowered to work best with someone's height needs, and are thus also really great to adjust for people who use wheelchairs. They bring them down to the main reading room on request (and have signs that say that they can do so).

Accessibility! Not just for cripples!

Date: 2012-05-02 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meloukhia
That mess on the lab bench is totally my fault.

Date: 2012-05-02 03:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
The article is awesome, and I also totaly love that my colleagues in gimpdom cheerfully warn me away from the comments. I started to read them out of habit but the two exclamation marks above did their business and stopped me before I got stuck in the swamp.

Thanks for speaking out on your experience!

Date: 2012-05-02 04:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meloukhia
Ugh, SERIOUSLY. Those comments make no sense to me. Have these people not heard of universal access?!

Date: 2012-05-02 04:22 pm (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
It really pained me because access is for EVERYONE.

Date: 2012-05-02 02:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] toft
Thanks for the link! It WAS a great article and your quote was smart.

Date: 2012-05-02 07:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eggcrack
Great indeed. Thank you for sharing this.

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