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Delores Fisher Comic-Con 2017: A view from Disability Post 2

July 26, 2017

Delores Fisher and Jedi cosplayer

San Diego Comic-Con is an ever evolving annual phenomenon that comes to San Diego and brings people of all ages, ethnicities, political affiliations, religious beliefs, body types, and disabilities.

Disabilities? Yes, people with challenging situations that are temporary and people for whom life is filled with experiences which require life-long adaptation in addition to everybody else’s on the daily “stuff.” For us, it is what it is; this is who we are. I will probably NOT be politically correct in this post. We who have disabilities enjoy Comic-Con too, and appreciate the event’s servicing all the Comic-Con community and especially for also reaching out to us.

 

Comic-Con Deaf and Disabled Help Desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The help desk provided cheerful information and interaction. The event requires a lot of walking. For those with disability  impacted by difficulty walking for long periods of time,  wheelchairs were available.

Wheelchairs ready to assist

Several cosplayers with disabilities and I talked about this newness, this new day of awareness and acceptance. It is refreshing.

 

Tes and friend

If we are blessed, every day through various support systems, although filled with pain and adaptation beyond the majority’s norm,  may be difficult but joyful and fulfilling as we work, relax, worship, interact.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If we are not blessed, everyday is a hassle without family, without governmental intervention, with religious institutions that do not want us in their congregations, without adequate understanding or support in workplaces, with friends who will not be seen with us, with bullying and sadly with harsh criticism on social media for refusing to be invisible or silent in public spaces.

The cosplayers you will meet in this post all agreed to allow me to post their photos. Although tired near day’s end, they wanted me to convey to their excitement to have their presence recorded as a cosplayer. And, they wanted you know they were having fun too.

 

Fun with a cosplayer (tired, but willing to pose)

People in wheelchairs passed through crowds more easily this year. In various locations, they told me they felt a tangible difference in the crowd’s acceptance of them as fellow fans. A blind man was casually walking, talking, and enjoying the atmosphere with a friend. People with canes and walkers flowed with the crowd, some walking alone, others with friends or family. I even saw several cosplayers with developmental disabilities walking with caretaker/aids near City College. They had gotten off the trolley and were talking tired, but excited, about their day at Comic-Con.

It was really hot on day two and three. Yet along the side streets cordoned off to divert motorized traffic, cosplayers with disabilities were at restaurants and stores.

Cosplaying with friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone seemed to remember to hydrate and enjoy our California weather as they went to indoor and outdoor fan exhibits and events.

Star Wars Fighter Pilot

A young cosplayer named Marshall was riding in a batmobile with his mom right next to him. They were strolling casually along the boardwalk in back of the Convention Center. Looking closer, the realization was surprising.  He  was actually riding in a custom made Batmobile wheelchair.

Marshall

Marshall’s mom explained that a company called Magic Wheelchair had made Marshall’s batmobile. They also made several others used by young cosplayers at Comic-Con this year. I went to their tent area and talked with some of the founders and chair makers of Magic Wheelchair and their Magic Wheelchair Justice League custom wheelchairs for children.

Magic Wheelchair Justice League

The kids were happy to be part of Comic-Con 2017. For the chair creators, it was a dream turned into reality. Their labor of love resulted in beautifully crafted chairs to enjoy for the children and for those who admired their custom wheelchairs.

Aqua Girl Wheelchair made by Magic Wheelchair

It was nice to have so many people with visible disabilities and those with hidden disabilities in one area, unified by celebration of imagination and creativity. Personally, it was wonderful to experience kind spirited humanity in everyday reality.

A view from the bridge

The cosplayers with disabilities their family, friends, and support staff that I talked to and photographed wanted me ( a blogger with a visible disability) to say thank you to Comic-Con 2017, the fans, speakers, media, and other cosplayers for a really fun time.

Delores Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego Comic Con International 2017: Thank you

One voice among many with disabilities,

Delores Fisher

 

 

 

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