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I was Disabled Going in to Dragon Con, and was Surprised by This

Dragon Con is a flurry of costumes, hundreds of hours of paneling and entertainment, parties, and multiple hotels packed with people. More specifically, Dragon Con spans five hotels, has around 65,000 people, and contains programming on multiple levels of the hotels. You can see why I was a little apprehensive about not being able to walk at Dragon Con this year.

IMG_0667This past summer at Air Force ROTC Field Training I fractured my heel and toe, and am currently on crutches or a knee walker (like a scooter only raised up to have one knee on it). While I have my scooter and my protective boot around my foot, I was worried about constantly getting stuck in crowds, having people bang into my foot, possibly being knocked over, or even just the simple things like navigating a panel room filled with people and trying to find a seat at the end of a row (being unable to use the scooter to walk between the seats).

However, contrary to my concerns, my experience of not being able to walk while at the convention went quite well! While I was bumped into a few times, it definitely was not the number of times I expected, and I even had random people who would help me navigate the crowds, or make sure I was safe using the scooter on the escalators. Convention fans who didn’t even know me were polite, and cared about whether or not I was able to enjoy and navigate the convention. When I first arrived at the convention on Friday, the press room people who checked us in were very helpful, and suggested that I ask an information booth (stationed in multiple places throughout the hotel) where I could get a handicapped sticker so that I would be seated on the end of a row of chairs for panels (and not have to crawl over people). The information booth staff that we went to were extremely helpful, and got me the location of where I could find the nearest Dragon Con disability services station.

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Once at the disability services station, I was given a concise briefing on what all the handicapped pass sticker would do for me (sitting at the end of a row), and how best to navigate the convention while not being able to walk. In the end, the most noticeable impact on my experience of Dragon Con compared with previous years when I could walk was not being able to use the stair cases. That did meant that overall I traveled more slowly, which meant I was not able to see quite as many panels as I normally did. However, though I didn’t wind up taking advantage of the handicapped sticker, I imagine for most handicapped people at the convention that any time lost in transit would be made up for by being seated a half hour early to each panel. This means they wouldn’t have to wait in the really long lines as much as some people.

Kudos to Dragon Con for running a convention that, in my experience, was very welcoming and accommodating to someone with a (temporary) disability! Also kudos for the convention crowd being overall very friendly and helpful.

~ Bethany Blanton

The Lords Awaken – SWBW #45

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It’s our Force Friday special and we have a guest along for the ride!

  • Jason Hamilton from the Legends and Lore podcast and joins us this episode.
  • We all started playing Disney Infinity 3.0 with the new Star Wars characters, so of course we had to talk about it.
  • Is Finn strong in the Force? We speculate after seeing the D23 exclusive poster and the 15 second teaser trailer.
  • Today is Force Friday, but when we recorded this episode it hadn’t happened yet. We talk about our plans and what we were hoping to pick up.
  • Who is that Besalisk? We take a look at the revealed cover for Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company and give our thoughts.
  • A horde of lilacs? We discuss all things Lords of the Sith.

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Fantasy Flight Games! – CCC Ep. 013

Michael Morris and Bruce Gibson are joined this episode by Star Wars Beyond the Films Nathan P. Butler as they discuss Fantasy Flights table top and card games.




Prelude to DragonCon – SWR #182

Riley and Mark embark on another trip into that galaxy far, far away. Come along as they talk Star Wars, interview Brandy Roatsey, and Ashley Eckstein, and more, all on this week’s episode of the STAR WARS REPORT!SWR LogoYou can show your support of the Star Wars Report podcast by becoming a Patron at

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