Truly Accessible Spaces: Designing WITH Disabled Organizers
Presented on June 16, 2018 at the Allied Media Conference
Table of contents
"Truly Accessible Spaces: Designing WITH Disabled Organizers" was part presentation and part group discussion:
- Intro & avoiding ableism
- What makes a space accessible?
- Kick-off discussion
Food and drink
- Discussion: food and drink at events
Large-scale events: conferences, conventions, multi-day events
- Giving people space (emotionally, mentally, and physically)
- Discussion: how do you design for content accessibility?
- Handling safety
- How do I put this into practice?
Presentation slides are now available (view-only) and include audience discussions from the Allied Media Conference. Image descriptions and additional context are in the presenter notes section.
Note that these are meant more as starting points rather than 100% comprehensive guides, as disability is a wide spectrum and accessibility has to be an ongoing process.
- How to Make Your Social Justice Events Accessible to the Disability Community: A Checklist, Rooted in Rights (US)
- Accessibility Guide to Meetings and Events – a Toolkit, Sisters of Frida (UK)
- 5/20 #CripTheVote Twitter Chat: Making Activism Accessible, #CripTheVote
- Color Communication Badges, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (US)
- Codes of Conduct 101 and FAQ, Ashe Dryden
- Accessibility Policy, WisCon (US)
- WITH Fellowships, The Disabled List (New York, US)
Disabled community organizers you can hire
Example of an accessible seating layout
When thinking about spaces, you should ensure that people can comfortably enter, exit, and navigate around. This is one drawn-on-the-fly example of how you might accessibly arrange a single room for presentations, though it is highly specific to the particular room that our session was in, and we’d strongly recommend digitizing layouts for easier viewing and editing. Note that access lanes and entrances should be at minimum 3.5 feet wide.
What happens when you invite @capnleela and I to talk accessibility:— Elea Chang (@elea) June 15, 2018
[ we email organizers a detailed hand-drawn room layout with access lanes and spaces for mobility devices & aids ] pic.twitter.com/spBOzAmMAd
About the Authors
Elea Chang and Melissa Chavez organize things, have professional opinions about accessibility, and wrote slightly longer biographies on Affect’s about page.