- Great article on Fractured Atlas
- Ada.gov checklist
- NJ Theatre Self-assessment
- Web Accessablity
- Fragrance Free (Brown Star Girl)
- More Fragrance info (Peggy Munson)
- Harm Reduction for DIY spaces
Lit, Theory and More Info
- Crip Lit Syllabus
- Spoon Theory
- Nothing about us without us
- Please Don’t Pet Me (Service Dogs)
- King County Metro (Animals on the bus)
The following is a copy and paste that we found somewhere and did not document well so we cannot attribute but the information is useful so we are including it here.
What is Disability Justice?
- A nice intro: http://www.resistinc.org/newsletters/articles/changing-framework-disability-justice
- Like pictures instead of words*? http://www.sinnlos.st/help/eng/help1.htm
- Like listening/watching instead of reading?http://www.amara.org/en/videos/gnjoEanxgnnm/info/disability-justice-activists-look-at-ways-to-maintain-ablism/
Ok, so what can I do to make my events more accessible to people with various disabilities?
- Take a deep breath, check your privilege and proceed with humility. Being asked to make your space accessible may feel like an attack, but it’s not:http://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/on-being-able-to-ask-each-other-without-assuming-that-asking-is-an-attack/
- Start doing research!
- Advanced/comprehensive checklists (don’t be overwhelmed, you can start small!):
Fragrance Free Spaces: people with chemical injuries/sensitivities/asthma can become severely ill if people smoke or wear scented/perfumed products to your event (more likely, they will just stay home)
- wheelchair accessible bathrooms:http://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/so-if-the-bathroom-in-a-space-you-throw-events-in-isnt-wheelchair-accessible-what-are-you-going-to-do/ASL interpreters – can be expensive, but fundraise in advance! Write it into grants! Be creative! Build relationships with those in the deaf and hard of hearing communities. If you offer ASL upon request, ask for RSVP’s in advance of the event as it’s very difficult to get interpreters at the last minute.
What if I do most of my organizing/work online?
- Make your videos accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing:http://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/subtitled-videos/
- Write descriptions of any images for folks with visual disabilities/impairments:http://sotdandzera.hubpages.com/hub/Image-Descriptions-And-How-To-Write-Them
- Also, consider including trigger warnings for topics that could be deeply unsettling to people who have experienced various kinds of trauma (sexual assuault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse; trauma related to: war, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, audism, etc.)
And a couple more things for the road:
- What we long for: http://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/desiring-revolutionary-bodies-and-movements/
- “But why are they so upset/angry?” Be patient, be sensitive. People with disabilities have been systematically excluded from so many social spaces (not to mention being imprisoned, killed, selectively aborted, institutionalized, involuntarily sterilized, mocked, denied basic rights, abused and sexually assaulted at high rates, denied education,and fired from jobs, etc.) for a very long time. If people with disabilities you work or consult with sometimes seem frustrated when you don’t prioritize making your event accessible, try and remember there’s a long history of discrimination and oppression at play (which has also shaped your assumption that it’s ok/understandable not to spend the energy/resources needed to fully include and value people with disabilities.)