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  • DC 27 : DEF CON HDA : Hackers with Disabilities

    Blessed by The Dark Tangent, handed down to me , with a mission to help change the word .... DEF CON HDA : Hackers with Disabilities

    Traditionally HDA stood for head disk assembly. This made up the mechanical components of a disk drive such as the actuators, access arms, read/write heads and platters. Today in our community we have hackers with physical disabilities all around us. Every year we see hackers around us who rise every day to meet physical challenges of daily life before the challenges that technology places before us. These members of our community come to DEF CON not only to show their skills to the world, but to show how they can take hacking to the next level augmenting their assistive devices and bringing a unique skill to be shared globally.


    The goal of the HDA is to provide pre-con information, at con assistance , and to act as advocates to each other to make the DEFCON experience as excellent as we possibly can. In the coming weeks we will be releasing maps and information on how to get around DEF CON and the hotels that (try to) contain it, points of contact for each DEFCON hotel for people with concerns or needs during their stay, and to provide help should it be needed during DEF CON. The HDA team will be on the lookout to make sure that all DEFCON activities are as accessible as possible, and to make an effort to recognize and to help resolve issues that arise for DEF CON attendees with ADA needs.

    Heading this effort will be A.P. Delchi ( cDc Ninja Strike Force, 303 , The Dorsai Embassy ) a 20 year veteran of attending and working with DEFCON and arrives on wheels due to spinal stenosis. Delchi will be working behind the scenes and on site during DEF CON and will be communicating with the community at large through the DEFCON forums.

    WE NEED YOUR INPUT!

    It has been said that there are concerns in the community about the accessability of DEF CON. This is where to bring those concerns. If you have questions, if you want to know how to take advantage of services available to you but you don't know how ... THIS is the place to ask. We will do our level best to ensure that you get answers and to help make your DEF CON experience the best it can be.

    WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HERE :

    - Maps of the DEF CON areas with routes between spaces and hotels that are accessable.
    - Information on renting accessability devices from the hotels and locally in Vegas
    - Information on accessable rooms in all DEF CON hotels
    - Open Q/A
    - Possibly a gathering / meetup for us if there is interest.
    - An all inclusive, all welcoming, safe and open space to talk about the challenges we face every day and to exchange ideas and as all hackers strive to do - improvice , adapt and overcome


    This space will be updated as things develop.


    https://youtu.be/mDcl75xZSaQ


  • #2
    This is great to hear. I look forward to meeting my fellow HDA hackers.
    I'm happy to help provide input.

    Thanks

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    • #3
      I'm not yet on wheels but I have severe spinal stenosis at every level. I'd love to help, help arrange meetup, volunteer to help other HDA folks, write clear stuff to guide others.

      I'd also like to go to an HDA meetup.

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      • #4
        Very excited to hear about this & would love to lend a hand if possible.

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        • #5
          I'm also not yet on wheels, but it's just a matter of time until I am (spinal stenosis, myotonia congenita, and more). I'd love to help in any way I can, and I'm looking forward to meeting some of you. :)

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          • #6
            Hey all! Glad to see the first few folks coming in here. I've been working on getting us a meetup site and possibly more. Also the hotel info shoudl be in late this week. Thanks for joining in and please spread the word!

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            • #7
              UPDATE : We have infor for PH, Ballys and Paris. Just waiting on the official web space on the DC web site to post it. Wil also posit it here!

              New requests : Baby changing stations, Prayer rooms, and Service animal relief areas. Keep your ideas coming in!

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              • #8
                Ar you folks still out there? I"m about to annouce some more stuff.

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                • #9
                  I JUST saw this post and had to create an account because of it. I run a chronic pain community of over 25,000 people, and would love to contribute any knowledge or ideas you might need to make defcon more accessible to those of us who can't get around so well, or need accommodations for stuff. I highly suggest a nice quiet room with low light for folks with autism attending. All the stuff going on can really overwhelm a persons senses.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by djspacebunny View Post
                    I JUST saw this post and had to create an account because of it. I run a chronic pain community of over 25,000 people, and would love to contribute any knowledge or ideas you might need to make defcon more accessible to those of us who can't get around so well, or need accommodations for stuff. I highly suggest a nice quiet room with low light for folks with autism attending. All the stuff going on can really overwhelm a persons senses.
                    There are designated " Chill out " rooms that are low lit, low key, and are fairly large. Also I believe Pillow Fort con is back this year, I'll have to check.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Delchi View Post
                      UPDATE : We have infor for PH, Ballys and Paris. Just waiting on the official web space on the DC web site to post it. Wil also posit it here!

                      New requests : Baby changing stations, Prayer rooms, and Service animal relief areas. Keep your ideas coming in!
                      I run Shabb@con, full jewish prayer services & kosher meals on sabbath during Defcon. Would be nice to know about general use prayer rooms, and please send anyone looking for jewish services our way!

                      On a more fun note, the car hacking village had the scooter races last year. Fun contest that people on wheels can join in on, and they are very supportive of people hacking the scooters to get more speed. I know that the organizers were very keen on helping people who need these scooters year round with hacking & modifying their scooters.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mrglass View Post

                        I run Shabb@con, full jewish prayer services & kosher meals on sabbath during Defcon. Would be nice to know about general use prayer rooms, and please send anyone looking for jewish services our way!

                        On a more fun note, the car hacking village had the scooter races last year. Fun contest that people on wheels can join in on, and they are very supportive of people hacking the scooters to get more speed. I know that the organizers were very keen on helping people who need these scooters year round with hacking & modifying their scooters.
                        Thanks for the info. So far all hotels have referred us to local houses of worship as they have none inside. They have provided me with a guide to them.

                        Scooter races are a great idea! I'm trying to get a local scooter tech to come out and talk during the con and this would be a great place to do it. PLease have them reach out to me with more info so I can include it.

                        Thanks again !

                        - D

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mrglass View Post

                          I run Shabb@con, full jewish prayer services & kosher meals on sabbath during Defcon. Would be nice to know about general use prayer rooms, and please send anyone looking for jewish services our way!

                          On a more fun note, the car hacking village had the scooter races last year. Fun contest that people on wheels can join in on, and they are very supportive of people hacking the scooters to get more speed. I know that the organizers were very keen on helping people who need these scooters year round with hacking & modifying their scooters.
                          I heard last night that we may possibly have access to a space for your services. It is being negotiated with one of the sites, and I will keep you posted.

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                          • Dark Tangent
                            Dark Tangent commented
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                            Unfortunately the "Chapel" space is no longer available and has been converted to offices. :-(

                        • #14
                          GENERAL UPDATE :

                          I"m told that our section of the web site will be up this weekend. Please keep your information requests coming in!


                          Also : Help us choose a logo!


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                          • #15
                            OK folks here is your first data dump!


                            In this ZIP file you will find maps of all 3 hotels , how to get form one to the other , the list of houses of worship.

                            https://www.dropbox.com/s/x2kfu4kvark8sp4/HDA.zip?dl=0

                            Below is more info for you.

                            PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND!! IT WILL NOT BE ON THE WEB SITE FOR A WHILE YET.
                            PARIS PH BALLYS
                            GENERAL NEEDS Security : 702-945-4481 Security : 702-785-9939 Security : 702-967-4481
                            SCOOTER RENTALS Concierge: 702-946-4433 Bell Desk : 702-785-5445 Concierge : 702-967-3800
                            OK to Charge scooters Yes Yes Yes
                            BABY CHANGING NO YES - One in conf area NO
                            ANIMAL RELIEF Yes - between CVS and Hotel on North Side Yes - Outside near food court/ Avenue shops area
                            PRAYER ROOMS NO NO NO
                            BALLYS TO PARIS / PARIS TO BALLYS BALLYS / PARIS TO PLANET HOLLYWOOD
                            TRAVEL Inside walkway between facilities as per map See Maps -TAKE A CAB IF YOU CAN NOT WALK OR DON’T HAVE A SCOOTER Inside walkway between facilities as per map

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