Hi. My name is Mel. And I'm not a total airhead, I promise. I'm legally blind and use screenreading software, so sometimes I do silly things on this site, like writing in the wrong comment boxes. Yeah. That's a thing. More recently, dA seems to have added a feature that allows us to comment on each other's work without having opened it, so the little shortcut I made up that gets me to the comment page on your profiles hasn't been working, and I didn't know it 'til now. All told, if you received a thank you note from me on a Deviation of yours and it seemed like I didn't even pay attention at all to your artwork because of that, I sincerely apologize.
Now that we have that out of the way, hello to everyone and thank you to my new followers. If you have any questions about my blindness, I'm pretty much an open book.
Let's see ... what's been going on with me? Um. Admittedly a lot of painful shit. But here I am. Let's talk about the things that are going right. Not because I'm avoiding the bad feelings, but because they're so personal and so complicated and so totally going to drown me already if I don't fight against that current. Because hope burns blue and all that. I've started doing a little yoga in my spare time; I now have a turntable and have gotten into spinning vinyl; I'm doing more geocaching again with my partner, Jordan; I finally sit by a window at work and take 424 stairs down every day (we're working on the up part because I have a bum leg and it hurts); I've been reading like a fiend; and I've started publishing blogs again. I used to write for Disability.gov, but the Office of Disability Employment Policy did a restructure of its website recently and shut its blog down, so a lot of my writings were displaced. It's a little sad because D-Gov was one of my first and most consistent gigs, but this gave me an opportunity to awaken my creativity and also to get my name out there more now that I've published my own book. So I've rewritten them all and am working on finding homes for them. Here are a few:Making Web Images Accessible to People Who Are Blind
I mainly wrote this for Web designers, but I think everyone can take away a little something. Describing your images is a small touch that makes blind people feel included.I'm Blind & I Don't Mind if you Think I'm Inspiring
The title sounds, again, like I'm an airhead. But the article references my perspective on the hot topic of "inspiration porn," AKA the belief that finding people with disabilities to be inspirational is objectifying.
I think that's all she wrote. I just wanted to pop in and let y'all know I'm still alive.