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Posted: 08 November 2012 10:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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It was a real bonus for both my friend and I when we got the chance to be rehoused and found that the local council had allocated us houses next door to each other.

I really admired my friend. Her husband had Cerebral Palsy which affected his lower lims, so walked with sticks and used an invalid vehicle. Her elder son unfortunately inherited the same. She was told that the condition was an inhertied one, through the male genes, and if she had more male children there was a chance that they could be handicapped in some way. She refused any Amniocentesis tests, as she wouldn’t countenance an abortion, and little Lee was her 2nd child. Her husband and her children were her life.

Her sons and my sons became as good friends as we were, and her sons really taught my sons a lot about what life can throw at people. Both my sons would protect their friends from anyone who tried to take advantage of them or insult them in any way.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 11:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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That was really some great luck that you guys were able to get homes next door to each other! It worked out perfect for you and your friend and for your kids! Your kids will more than likely become life long friends and will be able to help each other thru out their lives..you are so fortunate! smile

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Posted: 08 November 2012 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Well we now live mre than 200 miles away, and our sons are all grown up.  My Youngest Son is currently Studying at Dublin Met Uni, for a BSc, and teaching degree, as a mature student . When he passes (I refuse to say if) he is planning on teaching “Special Needs” children.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 12:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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RCDeschene - 08 November 2012 04:01 AM

I highly doubt many would chance it either. Your sincere intentions for such a character is deeply commendable, but SickleYield is right, it’s a pretty risky tread on politically correct territory…

The other way of looking at it is that a blanket exclusion of disability themes says we aren’t fit to appear in art, which is even more of a problem. Ultimately being ‘politically correct’ just means not being rude to people, and ignoring an entire demographic group would count, OTOH if you don’t know whether it would be rude or not, that’s probably a sign you need to know more about disabled people, both in general and with regard to disability-themed art.


That’s not completely fair to the individual artist that you’re asking to take the risk.


I think this, rather than racism, is why you see fewer nonwhite characters in renders as well.  I think people with all skin colors are beautiful - but I’m afraid to use them in many situations (as victims of monsters, as monsters themselves, as barbarians, etc.) that might seem patronizing or inappropriate in a racial sense.  It’s easier to just have the studly barbarian be white than seem to imply anything racist about black people being primitive (as an example).  This means fewer black people in my art, and maybe that’s bad, but what do I do?


The Downs one is harder because it’s a kid and because of the specific subject.  I’ve done hearing aids (for example) and I’ve seen amputee freebies around.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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RCDeschene - 08 November 2012 08:18 AM

Trust me, I know disability. I’m medically disabled with Autism and went to school with kids of many different kinds of disabilities.

Autists unite!  wink

Seriously, though, I’ve wondered myself how one could (not PC-ism “how could you!”) do justice to Autism in a character depiction without condescending or artificially glamorizing it.  Of course, it’d be a narrative depiction more than straight visuals, as there are few enough anatomical/physionomic symptoms. (I count myself autist too, though not disablingly so:  so far I have gotten along with the neurotypical populace enough not to require an actual, clinical evaluation, but my Aspergers’ is plain enough to those who know what they’re looking at.  And my son is officially “somewhere on the ‘spectrum’” as it’s called.)  But for a character to be believably autist, the creator needs to portray it from the inside.  Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) is recognizably caricatured as an Aspie, but he seems more a caricature of the type by outward observers than a depiction from experience.  The protagonist in “Dog in the Night-Time” is in some ways worse.

ETA:  not meaning to highjack the thread, but it is a relevant sort of question:  how can we rightly depict characters with various disabilities (amputees are comparatively easy next to CP, Downs, et cet.) without caricaturing them into their ┬┐dis?ability instead of celebrating their humanity?

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Posted: 08 November 2012 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Posted: 08 November 2012 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Years ago I received a special request from a parent of a child with trisomy 21 (down syndrome) and I created a free morphs that you can find here:  http://www.renderosity.com/mod/freestuff/details.php?item_id=59302

It was originally created for a Victoria 4.

Edit to add:  I didn’t read the whole thread for that reason I didn’t see your post bad4u.  Sorry for the double post.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 04:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Hi Virtual World! I love your products! Just bought one yesterday smile Have others from you too! Thank you sooo much for the link to this freebie and thank you for creating it! She looks wonderful! I can copy her dials onto the K4 and I am sure it will work great! Thanks so very much! Thanks for those who posted trying to help me find this character..it is for a children’s book about 2 boys who are best friends and one of them happens to have DS. It is really a sweet story and I will enjoy doing the illustrations for it. Thanks again you guys! smile

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Posted: 08 November 2012 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Impressive, sensitive, mature thread.  Great community.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 04:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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chohole - 08 November 2012 11:44 AM

Well we now live mre than 200 miles away, and our sons are all grown up.  My Youngest Son is currently Studying at Dublin Met Uni, for a BSc, and teaching degree, as a mature student . When he passes (I refuse to say if) he is planning on teaching “Special Needs” children.

200 miles is quite the move! And your boy is studing for a teaching degree! He must be very ambitious because teaching is no easy task. My step Mom is a teacher and she works so hard. Teaching special needs will be a rewarding challenge and congratulations in advance! Cheers! smile

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Posted: 08 November 2012 04:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Penname - 08 November 2012 04:08 PM

Impressive, sensitive, mature thread.  Great community.

This is a great community indeed! Anytime I come here to ask for help on finding something someone ALWAYS posts with help and guidance. There are alot of great people here! smile

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Posted: 08 November 2012 04:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Thank you digitell for your comments about my products!  I tried to create a boy using Melissa’s morphs plus dialing V4’s male morphs and converting Happy Kids textures with TC2.  The most difficult part was to find the clothing.  Here is a render with the result.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Virtual_World - 08 November 2012 04:29 PM

Thank you digitell for your comments about my products!  I tried to create a boy using Melissa’s morphs plus dialing V4’s male morphs and converting Happy Kids textures with TC2.  The most difficult part was to find the clothing.  Here is a render with the result.

Hi Virtual World. My he looks wonderful! Did you use the V4 Male Morph? I guess one could scale the body down to be a child size,,he looks great and you did it so quickly!! I did grab your Melissa morph and it works great on V4. I have her and the K4 side by side and I select her head and see the morph for a certain part of the head then select the K4 head and move the dial to match. I think it wil work great! Thanks again for your generous gift of this morph! smile

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Posted: 08 November 2012 05:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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digitell, I am trying to create a new face for K4.  I cannot finish it right now because I have to go out now; but I will try to finish it when I return to home.  I will be posting it as a free item.

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Posted: 08 November 2012 05:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Oh wow..I didnt expect you to do that at all…I would be willing to pay you something for it really. Thank you so much for doing it! I know creating morphs are time consuming!
I am most grateful! Have a good time out smile

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