Computer Accessibility Resources?
marjaerwin
I have a lot of trouble with inaccessible hardware, inaccessible software, etc. when using the computer.

I have sensory issues, chronic migraines, coordination issues, rsi, and other issues.

Can anyone suggest useful resources, fora, etc.?

I have tried help fora, without success. I have tried disability-development fora, but they are usually aimed at programmers, at web designers, etc. rather than at users just trying to make do.

I can’t type without seeing where I’m typing, and I have trouble with multi-fingered and two-handed tasks. Also, I can’t use ergonomic advice based on the idea that everyone can and should be two-handed touch typists. I can’t use certain grips. I can’t use scrollwheels or trackballs. I have trouble with touch devices, and have to be able to disable tapping and gestures to avoid accidentally triggering them.

I have trouble with speech-to-text, because of accent differences, and because I use a lot of text tables.

I have trouble with bright lights, flashing lights, many animated images, all zooming images, and sheering images, among others.

I currently use OS X on a Mac. I previously used Ubuntu Classic on a Windows machine, but I had a lot of driver trouble, and repository issues, and the keyboard broke. Unfortunately, OS X does not have options to remove animation from the system prefs - I have to stick something in front of the screen to change certain system prefs, or to widen scrollbars, or to keep cursors from flashing.

Ableism and Silencing
marjaerwin
I have a hard time dealing with sensory beatings, the inability to escape the beatings, and the attitudes that enable the beatings, such as the idea that it’s not violence if it wouldn’t affect abled people, and the idea that we’re exaggerating or even lying.

I am being beaten again and again, and I feel like I’m being gaslit by many people the rest of the time.

P.S. Maybe I could use resources on coping with gaslighting? resources for autistic people coping with society-wide/structural gaslighting, because it could be different for allistic people or anyone dealing with one-on-one gaslighting?

P.P.S. Or whatever you want to call it, but abled people insisting that our experiences aren’t real, that talking about our experiences makes us “selfish liars,” that talking about our rights and needs is “deciding for other people,” etc.
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Captchas are Broken.
marjaerwin
Honestly, are there any captchas that aren’t broken?

Certainly Google Scholar’s captchas, with instructions reading “select all images” or “select all images with” and with third-party cookies involved, are broken.


Can Anyone Recommend a Sensory-Accessible Browser?
marjaerwin
I have sensory issues, chronic migraines, coordination issues, and other health issues. Strobe lights, turn signals, and other flashing lights are painful, and often dazzle me, disorient me, or trigger my migraines. I can’t use phones, and I haven't been able to register for relay services, there are identification barriers, so I need to be able to use the web to schedule things, to contact doctors, etc.

I use a Mac, because I had nasty hardware accessibility and driver issues using Linux on Windows-oriented machines. I keep triggering my migraines when trying new browsers. So far I've tried Safari, Firefox, Safari again, Sleipnir, Opera, and Vivaldi.

I think Links [not Lynx!] might be worth trying, but I am not sure how to install it. I think I would need to compile everything.

I’ve been using Firefox because:

(a) It allows me to whitelist cookies from specific sites, so it doesn’t require me to turn the damn things on and off all the time, unless I’m trying to use Google or some other broken site which requires third-party cookies, those still require me to turn the damn things on and off all the time.

(b) It has a number of accessibility extensions to block gifs, block specific kinds of pain/animation, and, if need be, block javascript.

I’m having trouble because:

(a) It doesn’t have enough accessibility extensions to block enough kinds of pain/animation.

(b) FLASHING MENUS!!!

(c ) And other broken menus.

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marjaerwin
Lenin: Behold! I bring you Soviet socialism!

Kropotkin: You ruined a perfectly good revolution is what you did. Look at it! It’s got Chekas!

Kropotkin: Not seeing much socialism either, or a free press, or independent sovyets.

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marjaerwin
It’s 11:30 at night, the latest snowblower’s 80 dB, and it’s going back and forth right below my apartment.

I have until February 19th.
marjaerwin
I have severe sensory processing issues, including severe hyperacusis.

I am unable to support myself or to move elsewhere, due to my sensory issues, the beatings, and other health issues.

I am unable to go anywhere near construction, due to my hyperacusis. Backup beepers are an absolute agony. When I am hit by backup beepers, I can’t do anything but curl up, scream in pain, and hope to die. I already wear ear plugs and ear protectors to help with all the other noises, but they aren’t nearly enough protection against backup beepers.

I just recieved notice of a construction project a couple blocks away. It may begin as early as February 19th.

I don’t think I’ll be able to get away.

I don’t think I’ll be able to survive the noise bombardment.

Logically, I should kill myself before the noise bombardment, and spare myself the agony.

I want some other option.

I've emailed the audiologist. I don't know what else I can do.

Migraine Self-Care Suggestions?
marjaerwin
Hi,

I am a disabled autistic trans womon struggling with severe migraines, severe sensory sensitivities, chronic headaches, coordination issues, chronic pain, rsi, and ptsd, as well as allergies and asthma.

My hobbies including roleplaying games, historical games, history, sci-fi, lesbian sci-fi, spoonie sci-fi, and various other things. Unfortunately, my migraines and brain fog get in the way of my hobbies.

My sociotype is ILI, my Myers-Briggs type is probably INFP or INTP, my Dykes to Watch Out For Type is Mo, but disabled.

I drink a lot of tea. I can't take Nsaids, they hurt my intestines. I can take acetominophen, but rarely do. I can't take gabapentin.

I could really use reading suggestions and light gaming suggestions which don't involve long setup times for tabletop games, intense focus, or flashing lights for computer games. I tried "Choice of Robots" but screwed up, can't go back, and don't want to go through all the same scenes again today. I haven't been reading as much science fiction lately.

Unfortunately, some stories are too confusing, others are too dark, and others are too focused on clearly-allistic characters who are at home under sensory bombardment and make quick decisions for me to read with a migraine. I can't follow Joanna Russ's "The Female Man" when I don't have a migraine, I definitely can't when I do.

Remember the Neanderthal theory?
marjaerwin
I don’t think that Autism represents a Neanderthal neurotype in a Modern-dominated society.

(Which is what Leif Ekblad at rdos.net proposed.)

But I do think Autism could be some past population’s neurotype, and a lot of neurodiversity and gender diversity could represent some past populations’ social dynamics.

And I do think the Upper Paleolithic revolution, the emergence of abstract art, representational art, and possibly of language, could come from the back-and-forth of neurodiversity and gender diversity after distinct human populations contacted each other.

Autism is underdiagnosed, but there seems to be as much neurodiversity and gender diversity in all human populations, so if these come from different past human populations, then they were different human populations in Africa, among the main ancestors of Modern Homo sapiens sapiens.

Strobe Lights Are Dangerous and Should Not Be Used as Safety Signals!
marjaerwin
But they are, causing who knows how many accidents.

Strobe lights are disorienting, often blinding, and often agonizingly painful. Strobe lights can cause migraines. For some people, strobe lights can cause seizures.

Strobe lights do not belong in public spaces, because whenever they are used they bar people with sensory processing disorder and/or with photosensitive epilepsy from those spaces, making the private spaces for abled people.

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