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Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day.

My characters with disabilities include ...


An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space features primarily autistic characters. While most of them are reasonably functional on their own, some like Backup really aren't. (People vary as to whether or not they consider neurodiversity to be a "disability.") A recent poem, "No Measure of Health," adds characters with other disabilities including a blind woman, Idalia. Spalling has some of the more dramatic PTSD if you're looking for mental disabilities.

Clay of Life features Yossele the golem, who cannot speak (as is normal for golems) and lost his original feet of living clay which have been replaced with iron prosthetics.

Diminished Expectations centers around disabled characters, as a war has left the population with frequent birth defects. The attitudes about disability are mostly appalling in this series, but some of the characters manage to rise above their crappy society.

Fiorenza the Wisewoman includes the veteran Mad Ercole who has post-traumatic brain injury syndrome.  Abelie and Margherita are nonverbal due to an ill-advised blessing.  Timoteo is depressed and suicidal.

Frankenstein's Family includes various characters with disabilities. Igor is the most prominent, with a hunched back. Victor's dysmenorrhea is intermittent, but bad enough to flatten him at least once or twice a year.

Monster House has a blind girl. Eventually she compensates with a seeing-eye gremlin and a magical artifact. So she can perceive the world around her, but not in exactly the same ways as someone with ordinary vision, and that influences how she interacts with places and people.

The Moon Door began with the premise: What if all the pissing and moaning about werewolf transformations is just because abled people don't know how to handle chronic pain? To someone with a severe chronic illness, lycanthropy is a trade up and doesn't hurt nearly as much. Again, most of the characters in this series have one or more disabilities; it centers around a women's chronic pain support group and, as time goes on, werewolf pack. Considerable attention goes into deciding whether or not it would help various people to trade in their current disease(s) for lycanthropy.  Belladonna has depression as well as chronic pain from a previous suicide attempt.

One God's Story is all about people struggling with substance abuse and addiction, mostly alcoholism.

Path of the Paladins features several characters with PTSD including Ari, Johan, and the goddess Gailah.  Rape and recovery are prevailing themes throughout.

P.I.E. is what I write when I get fed up with urban fantasy about "smart, strong" heroines falling in love with assholes. Brenda is a private investigator who deals in paranormal cases. She uses a wheelchair -- several of them, actually. She has a couple of jerks who are interested in her, but she is not interested in them. She picked out a nice guy instead. I was not expecting Darrel to be so accident-prone, but he is.

Walking the Beat is lesbian romance, in which Kelly is Deaf and Dale walks with a limp, typically using a cane. A lot of the focus, especially early on, is about Dale adapting to life as a policevet after retiring for medical reasons.

Polychrome Heroics is a vast sprawl of threads tangled together. Aquariana has hypersensitive skin that must stay moist and can't tolerate clothes more than very briefly. The Berettaflies thread features several characters with physical disabilities due to the stings of superpowered insects. Cassandra has a mystical disability -- someone hacked off her superpower of Flight -- and her friend Groundhog can't use his for mental reasons. Danso and Family includes Nathaniel with sensory processing disorder and allergies, and Rosita's attachment disorder may count too.  Dr. Infanta is immortal in a child's body, with severe mental issues including PDSD due to mad science torture.  Officer Pink features several characters with disabilities; Skippy's inability to control his teleportation poses a lot of challenges for him, and Turq's superpowers sometimes tear up his body. Shiv has several problems (which he is hiding the hell out of) due to a traumatic brain injury. Also in this thread is Ragno, who loses most of one forearm in a terrorist attack. Scattered amongst the other poems in Polychrome Heroics are lots of other people with disabilities, such as Syncope and her housemates, many veterans in Laguardia Residence Hall, retired soups at Morninghill, past reference to Emperor Claudius I, Bruno the Brewer, Bethan, Dr. Doohickey, Green Man, Megan Argall, Cold Cash, the Archivist, Jerryrigger, and so forth.  Quite a lot of characters have some flavor of post-traumatic stress including Turq and his cohort Nebuly, Shiv, Cassandra, and the raging mess of issues between Calliope and Vagary.  On the shallower end, Pain's Gray goes through acute stress reaction after being tortured, but thanks to good support, he comes through it with little if any lasting damage.  Shane is depressed and suicidal due to a conglomeration of losses on top of turning into a lizardman.

The Blueshift Troupers deals in variable disabilities. Most of the main characters are shapeshifters, each planet has its own prevalent disabilities, and more often than not somebody on the team winds up wearing one for a while.

Torn World has a page listing stories/art that feature disabilities. Rai is blind, Brelig is missing a hand, and there are many others.

Tripping into the Future features a protagonist with traumatic grief and depression after losing everything.

Eloise in "The Last Rose of Winter" is at the end of her life, requiring a wheelchair and a live-in nurse.

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