Buying Hamilton tickets when you are disabled, but not a wheelchair user
As all Hamilton fans, I was very excited on Monday to be attempting to get tickets for a show, as I had signed up for the presale back in October. In this post, I would like to both discuss what the process of purchasing tickets was like as a disabled person who is entitled to a carer ticket but is not a wheelchair user, so that it may help other people (click here to skip to the end of my explanations to know how to actually order a ticket) but also make potentially useful suggestions to improve this process, which was, in six words: a bit pants and quite hard.
*Note about my situation: I have an Access Card. In order to get the card, I had to send proof of my disability, and particular needs were identified via this evidence - including the need for a carer ticket. The card is not compulsory to get adjustments from venues, but it makes things easier when a particular venue accepts it, as they can take your card number and see that you are indeed entitled to what you are asking for.*
Language and Disability: who cares? (I do)
For a few months now I have been involved with History of Place, a national project looking at different disability-related places around the country. In Bristol, we are looking at the Guild of the Brave Poor Things, and this summer a group of young people made a short film about it. It was launched yesterday at the MShed, and as Disability History Month this year is about disability and language, the event featured some thoughts about the topic.
Another volunteer, as well as a young person who participated in the short film had written their own thoughts, and I was tasked with responding to them in some way. Laura Welti, from Bristol Disability & Equality Forum then talked about the topic as well.
Making conferences more accessible
Now that I have attended several conferences, I feel that I want to share some information I've been thinking about as to how to make conferences/events more accessible to academics who are neurodivergent. I imagine some of my ideas will be useful to others as well, and I think overall any conference/event could benefit from them. I will also add here and there some things I've thought of in terms of general accessibility but this is not my main focus here and there's people much more qualified than me talking about this already.
My friend Naomi Jacobs for example is writing about neuroqueering academia and will touch upon accessibility in several ways.
French Deaf people sparkle discussions by reacting against a full hearing cast playing Children of a Lesser God
I posted a few days ago about the fact that Les Enfants du Silence (Children of a Lesser God) was being produced by the Comédie-Française with a hearing actress in the role of Sarah, which sparkled a protest on the day of the premiere.
I won't talk again about my opinion on hearing actors/actresses playing d/Deaf/HOH roles, because I've done that lots with the movie La Famille Bélier (in a nutshell: I think it's not okay at all). Instead, I am trying to share a little bit about what is happening in France, since something similar is happening in the US with the #DeafTalent movement. I am grateful for Sourds.net which aggregates news all-day long and really helps me in following what is happening.
Children of a Lesser God to be played with hearing actors only at the Comédie-Française
A couple of months ago I talked about hearing actors playing Deaf characters, and the #DeafTalent/#POCDeafTalent movement it sparkled in the United States.
This was particularly interesting to me because just a few weeks before the movement started, the movie La Famille Bélier came out in France and while there were negative opinions about it, I didn't notice any particular protests on social media or elsewhere.
This has just changed!
The issue at hand
The Comédie-Française has decided to showcase Les Enfants du Silence (French title of Children of a Lesser God) from the 15th of April to the 17th of May... and congratulate themselves that it is the first time the play will only have hearing actors!
Another day, another Deaf character is played by someone hearing
There is a new prop in the movie industry!
Lo and behold... DEAFNESS!
What a great prop it is. A superb commodity that will bring you: a bunch of extremely basic jokes, the possibility to overlook d/Deaf talent, an opportunity to let the media spread wrong information about d/Deaf people, the ability to rob d/Deaf people of their own story. Overall, it will allow you, wonderfully privileged people, to perpetuate oppression, ableism, and keep the status quo.
Another day, another Deaf character played by a hearing actor/actress.
The latest culprit is the movie Medeas, where Catalina Sandino Moreno will play a Deaf character. The article is riddled with all the usual problems - use of the word mute, the obsession with words, the obsession with music but also quietness... The video interview by the newspaper (without subtitles, obviously, so I made subtitles on Amara) ends up not even bothering with Deaf. She's playing "a mute".