Wanda Diaz Merced is an astronomer who has had a visual impairment for most of her life, and attended school during a time when there was less awareness for the needs of students with disabilities. She grew up in Puerto Rico, where like all children, she became an observer to the world around her. “Even though my parents were poor and I had no exposition to science activities besides the science class in my school, I always knew I wanted to know how things worked.” Merced said of her life. This intrinsic curiosity about the natural world would lead Merced to pursue science as a professional career.Read More
The third, and final, day of Microsoft’s Build 2017 was met with a lot less flare, but no less innovation. The keynote presentation on Day 3 featured a video, rather than speakers, and focused on innovative technology for businesses. There was also a continuation of the AI theme that had been going on throughout the conference.Read More
March for Science took place last month, the main event being in D.C. with sister marches happening around the country. Overall, the march has been considered to be wildly successful. You can even find images of dogs participating in the event. However, not all people were represented during the events, and we can all guess what got left out. Yep, it’s accessibility.Read More
Comic Conventions are notorious for not being accessible to people with disabilities. Lack of interpreters at presentations and panels, inaccessible buildings, not enough seating around the convention for people to rest, are all problems that can prevent potential disabled convention goers from enjoying themselves. It sends the unintended message that, ’you are not welcome here’.
Cripping the Con is changing what it means to be a disabled geek by creating a completely accessible comic convention.Read More
Marvel has a reputation for underrepresenting minorities in their content. Just recently, Marvel’s Sales VP made comments in an interview with ICv2 about a decline in sales being a direct result from including a more diverse range of characters. Translation: having too many female and minority characters were causing readers to spend money and time elsewhere.Read More