Hello, readers! Today we’ve got a very special guest post from the one and only Elsa S. Henry, a historian-turned-game designer who has an MA in Women’s History. She’s not just a game designer, though, she’s the mind behind Feminist Sonar, and Bind Lady Versus, and is an advocate for disabled gamers and disabled women.
Her recently funded Kickstarter for the RPG Dead Scare was a smashing success and you’ll be able to buy the book very soon! Today, she’s sharing some tips for maintaining your energy and saving your spoons while convention-going. Have questions? Leave them in the comments!
And it’s worth it.
Prepping for a con with disabilities means that I have to do things a little bit differently than everyone else. I have a lot of prep to do that means while I’m out of town my life will be smooth and comfortable.
Here are some of the steps I have to take to make sure that my trip and my con are productive and not damaging to my health:
1) Get all my medical stuff sussed. From medication, to adaptive devices I need to make sure that everything goes with me. The wheelchair goes on the plane with me. My medications go on the plane with me. My white cane? Goes on the plane with me. Even if I have to fight them about the chair, it goes on with me so it doesn’t get lost in cargo.
2) Arrange for access. Most con’s have some kind of disability services. Gen Con for example, has a disability service line so that I don’t have to stand in line for my badge, and they also have disabled wristbands so that I can get into panels without having to stand in line. It’s a great way to save me some sanity along the way.
3) Figure out the gaps in my schedule: This is about spoon saving. I’m going to need to eat breakfast lunch and dinner in order to stay upright during a con where I’m working. I need to make sure I drink plenty of water, and I have to make sure I get downtime. Scheduling gaps in my schedule so that I don’t go go go for 5 days straight is a valuable thing that I hate doing. I will run on pure adrenaline if I let myself.
4) Supplies. For every con I make sure I have the following items. A bag that fits all my necessary items for work, a water bottle, a snack, and any medication that I might need during the day.
5) Asking for Help: I make sure that the people who know me at a con know I might need help throughout the day. I get phone numbers. I make sure that if people have the time to help me out, I can get some. Whether it’s walking with me to get lunch and sitting with me, or pushing my wheelchair through a crowded hall, having a support system helps to keep me on track.