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Unread 04-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Handicapped Cosplaying

My brother has angelmans syndrome. Its a syndrome that is similar to someone who is autistic. It used to be called "happy puppet syndrome" becof ho he walks and he has a permanent smile on his face. Recently i was showing my mom a cosplay pic and he started pointing at it and we realized he wanted to cosplay it. Now i'm stuck with a quandry, i do not want my brother to be made fun of but i know he'd love to cosplay.

Do you guys have any idea how i could protect my brother? He wouldn't care but i'd end up in a fist fight to protect his honor.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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People at conventions are more accepting then you think. Just a quick look a few threads around here will show you that the vast majority believes that you should be allowed to cosplay whatever you want, regardless of race, gender, size, mental or physical condition.

Look at Misa on Wheels. She's wheelchair bound because she has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of muscular dystrophy which has caused her nerves to atrophy from her elbows elbows and knees down, leaving her partially paralyzed. But she still cosplays despite this. Here's her facebook if you want to get to know her and maybe start networking support for your brother and his newly found love for cosplaying.

https://www.facebook.com/MisaOnWheels

Is there a chance an ignorant person with no tact might say or do something? Possibly. Cosplayers get made fun of from time to time for various stupid reasons like not being the right race or wearing a costume some people think they are too large for. These people are either elitists or non-cosplayers who don't know any better and aren't worth your time anyway. But if it happens to you or your brother's face, that's when you get con security involved. Thankfully, these people are so few and far in-between you'll more then likely end up being surrounded by people who love you and your brother.

So both of you go and cosplay, have a great time and meet tons of new friends!
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Unread 04-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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^ Yep, agree
People at cons are very accepting from what I've seen and many don't seem to care that someone with a disability is cosplaying.

Of course, the same can't be said about people on the internet. The whole "being anonymous" thing really brings out the ugliness in people, so just be aware of that.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 04:18 PM   #4
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^^

I second this.

Cosplay is about having fun. I know that if I saw you and your brother at a convention, I would find it really cool. Cosplay is for anyone, regardless of age/gender/race/etc.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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^^^ Yeah, generally people at cons are very accepting. Doesn't matter if who or what you are. Don't worry about it. If someone has a problem them ignore em'.
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