Not Handicapped Accessible

Also linked from the previous email is a link to this topic: Handicapped avatars.

The topic wasn't put together very well, and some folks found it in poor taste, however it brought up some very good points. My personal favorite is this:

Conrad_Max wrote:
This is idea is in bad tastes as we do have people who use Home and are physically handicapped in real life. Do you think that they need to be reminded of this when they log onto Home or see avatars wheeling themselves around in a virtual wheelchair?

Who's to say they don't? Some may prefer an avatar that reflects who they really are and I see no bad taste here what so ever.

Even with Conrad_Max's incredibly insensitive and inappropriate comment, the poster made a great point. Moderation staff's reply? Locked topic, no explanation.


  1. I call Conrad_Max the Pope of Home since he so frequently likes to tell us what to do, how to behave, and what to think. This post is a perfect example. I think it would be the user to determine the appropraite taste for using a handicapped avatar. Personally, I'm open for freedom of expression.

    Conrad's reply reminds me of the critics of such films as Simon Birch and Shallow Hall who employ handicapped actors. I think both of these films did a very sensitive and exemplary job in not only point out the handicap but looking past that to the person's humanity.

    So in the end I find Conrad's comment to be in poor taste but, as is very obvious, he prounces a judgement on a topic and his mod buddies oblige.

  2. I love how Conrad assumes that all handicapped people are somehow depressed and/or disgusted by their disability, and that they would prefer not to be reminded of it. Well excuse me, but some of us who happen to be handicapped are not only perfectly alright with the way we are, but we're actually proud of it!
    I happen to be an amputee. Not much of an amputee, it's not like I lost a leg or anything, but an amputee all the same. Sure, when it first happened I didn't want to be reminded of it - I was only a child at the time, after all. But like any mature person, I came to accept my situation and I even became proud of it in a way. It came to represent everything I'd overcome and everything I'd learned in the process. Now I don't give a crap who sees my so-called disability, I wear it as a badge of honor.
    In fact, every year, on the anniversary of the amputation, I do some sort of art project representing how far I've come each year since the operation. I've done paintings, photographs, cement imprints, essays, all sorts of things. But more importantly, I've used those art projects as a way to reach out to others who have gone through similar experiences to my own, to help them come to accept and even love that aspect of themselves. Sadly, it's people like Conrad who are holding them back, keeping them from reaching their full potential, keeping them from accepting who they are and what they've been through.

    So despite what Conrad might think, a lot of handicapped people are perfectly fine with the idea of representing ourselves the way we truly are in a virtual world. If I could set my avatar to only have nine toes, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  3. I sooooo wanted to comment on this post the day it went up on the forums, but it was locked before I got home from work, I'm glad I stumbled onto this!

    Anyways, I'm sure it's been read on the forums that I was born without a right hand. I have a right arm, but it stops just past the elbow. I would have NO problem at all with having my avatar represent me as I really look, rather than days or weeks down the road have an awkward convo pop up because I never mentioned it to my new home friends before. It's not like it's the first thing I say to someone in home, lol. Seems like the only time I can ever bring the subject up is when the topic of why I only play certain games, which is because some games are just easier for me to play than others.

    Until someone has taken some steps in our shoes, they will never understand.