Monday, October 14, 2019

Hugo Award News

Man reading against brick wall
Man reading against brick wall

Submitted by Virtual Ability member Linn Darkwatch

August 18th : 'Uncanny Magazine' wins Hugo Award in Semi-Prozine category, making Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, editor of the magazine's special "Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction" issue, the first Deaf-Blind ever person to win a Hugo award.

The actual issue of Uncanny Magazine in question may be found at

Also published by Uncanny Magazine was the recent issue, "Disabled People Destroy Fantasy," which can be found at

Saturday, October 5, 2019

TIP - Check out the US Access Board YouTube channel

The US Access Board is a federal agency charged with developing guidelines and standards about accessibility that will allow people with disabilities access to the built environment, public transportation, information technology, and medical diagnostic equipment. They deal both with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the ABA (Architectural Barriers Act).

Last year, they set up a YouTube channel as part of their information dissemination strategy. You can find it here:

What will you find in this collection of videos?

A welcome by Executive Director David Capozzi, who explains the mission of the Access Board:

An explanation of what the Access Board does:

An overhead animation of how toilet stalls are to be designed to be accessible from wheelchairs:

A video about the ADA and ABA requirements for parking and passenger loading zones:

There are several other topics as well. You may want to subscribe to receive updates when new material is added.