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on writing disabled characters 

sayahomu:

for chronikou

some of these resources aren’t targeted writers, but i included them because they are useful tools in understanding how disabled people live

disabled characters in general

How to Write Disabled Characters

Tips for Researching and Respectfully Writing Disabled Characters

Combating Stereotypes: Why Movies About ‘the Disabled’ Stink

Big Ideas: Stella Young On Disability & Inspiration Porn

The Spoon Theory 

fellow writers and artists who are creating characters who belong to marginalized groups you are not a part of

What is Ableism? Five Things About Ableism You Should Know

physically disabled characters

Top Fifteen Things Not to Say or Do to a Physically Disabled Person

Some Thoughts on “Physically Disabled Protagonists”

autistic characters

Writing autistic characters

Mental age is not acceptable (applies to people with learning disorders or other cognitive disabilities too)

Against “mental age”

Infantilization or Not?

15 Things You Should Never Say To An Autistic

The Problem With Functioning Labels

Television on the Spectrum: The Best (and Worst) Depictions of Asperger Syndrome on TV

mentally ill characters

Character Development: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Brief Advice on How to Write Depression: Imagination and Research

psychopathy and why everything you think about it is wrong and terrible (the author of that post says that fang is willing to answer any questions on the subject)

the DSM-5 

my own thoughts

if i had to write a ten commandments for writing disabled characters they would probably be:

  • don’t reduce them solely to their disability, but also don’t act like their disability is separate from who they are (if you have multiple disabled characters though, it’s fine for them to feel like this is true for them personally). develop them as a person with likes, dislikes, etc.
  • don’t use them to ‘inspire’ people because they’re disabled and are able to ‘overcome’ it.
  • don’t cure their disability in the story. please, please, please.
  • don’t pull a JK Rowling. explicitly state that they are disabled within the story proper. otherwise it’s not really representation at all.
  • don’t rely heavily on things that people who are not part of the group have written about disabled people, if possible. if you do, you may end up regurgitating some really gross ideas. (avoid Autism Speaks resources like the plague.)
  • don’t have other characters describe the character as ‘trapped in their own body/world’ or better off dead, unless you will have someone else confront that character about what they said.
  • don’t act like the only obstacles they face are from their disability. show how the social and legal stigmas against disability affects their lives too.

, rp things , disability , foreverqueuing



, help , foreverqueuing


"Men who are progressive, pro-feminist, or allies to women — we have to constantly check ourselves. We have to be open and listen to women and sometimes respond by taking a backseat and not encroaching on female space in ways that are kind of natural to us. It’s so integrated into who we are as men: to take centre stage, to lead, to be out front, to not really understand the power dynamic that’s at play. I think it’s really important for all of us men who are progressive and who are working to eradicate sexism and all the other social ills out there to be a lot more cognisant of our presence in these circles and spaces." —

Byron Hurt in an interview with Bitch Magazine being an actual ally

(via misandry-mermaid)


, feminism , byron hurt , foreverqueuing


"Why this one? Why did I choose this face? It’s like I’m trying to tell myself something. Like I’m trying to make a point. But what is so important that I can’t just tell myself what I’m thinking?”


, doctor who , foreverqueuing


colinodonorgasm:

make me choose → mary stuart or hermione granger? (asked by anon)


, hp , hermione granger , foreverqueuing


clacing:

Merthur Graphic Meme - Plus One [1/1]

↳ Gwaine


, merlin , foreverqueuing



Alphabet from Harry Potter’s bedroom in Godric’s Hollow [ x ]

Alphabet from Harry Potter’s bedroom in Godric’s Hollow [ x ]


, hp , foreverqueuing



, jlc , jenna coleman , foreverqueuing


Awww Twelve is so considerate before he kills you. (◡‿◡✿)


, Doctor Who , dw spoilers , foreverqueuing


joncozart:

queenofmultitasking:

Basically.


, glee , kevin mchale , foreverqueuing