…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m back! I’ve had unreliable access to the internet for the past two weeks, and even when I did have wifi my laptop was having a hard time connecting. (Thanks to Oregon Tech’s IT Services for helping me fix that problem today.)
We have arrived in Oregon and have leased a townhouse that now has internet access, so it feels less like camping even though we are sleeping on an air mattress (the moving van with almost all our stuff won’t arrive for a while).
I have an office that will soon have a sign outside saying “Franny Howes, Ph.D.” which is pretty freaking awesome.
There are weird birbs here. Also lots of deer.
Dear Professor [name],
My name is [Preferred name], and I will be attending your course [blank] on [days] at [time] this [term]. I am transgender and have not yet legally changed my name. On your roster is my legal name, [Legal name]. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as [Preferred name] and use [pronouns] when referring to me. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course next week.
A special ed program AU? If it’s set in a high school, you get to also work with school AUs and not to mention, not all disabled students are in programs that baby them. There’s even some school districts with programs explicitly for students with a wide variety of disabilities! (I should know, I attended one from age 11 to age 17.)
Adaptive technology is awesome and really fun to geek out on.
Support group AU? Addiction is a disability as well, and having support networks allows both for how you can introduce characters to each other and for how to help people communicate.
Or cause drama. You’ve seen groups act.
A veterans AU? People discharged from service, allowing for well, angst and comfort fic as they deal with PTSD and readapting to a world that is far different than what they were used to.
THIS IS CANON FOR MARVEL AND ANY SUPERHERO UNIVERSE.
Special Olympics/Paralympics AU? Or wheelchair sports. (They are really neat!) Come on, sports. Showers. Getting to bitch about equipment. Travel to the events. And know that with athletes in Special Olympics, ADHD and being autistic do count. (They are developmental disabilities!)
For the love of everything bright and shining, do not go for inspiration porn, it’s disgusting and creepy too.
Activist AU? Politics and rallies and standing up for yourself and others, and who knows? Maybe you’ll get to learn what you can do to help!
Why let the Les Mis fandom have all of the fun?
ALL OF THEM? Any AU can easily slide disability into the mix, by a simple acknowledgement of a character having anxiety or PTSD or being autistic or deaf or needing a brace or a cane. If you really can’t decide on a disability, you can provide more than one. Most of them aren’t mutually exclusive.
Comorbidities are a thing and research is your friiiiiend.
Canon? Disability exists in reality and we’re not all locked up in some institution. And we’d appreciate it if you remembered that and didn’t try to use us as a vehicle for that sort of creepy thing. And that goes for the ‘it’s all in their head’ AU too! YOU HAVE THESE BIG SHINY UNIVERSES, WHY WOULD YOU TRY TO USE MENTAL ILLNESS TO ERASE THEM?!
AND YOU’RE NOT EVEN USING THE DAMN ILLNESSES RIGHT.