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Normalising Accessibility

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10 responses to “Normalising Accessibility”

  1. sundiszno

    Thank you for this! I spend a fair amount of time on recipe lists and, even though my own disabilities make things like lifting large pots of water difficult to impossible, I never thought of including accessibility notes until now. Cool. Thanks again.

  2. Ang

    Oh wow. I think I’ve only heard accessibility notes very rarely and that is… beautiful. That should be happening everywhere and always.

  3. Julie

    I wish more recipes included information about how time-consuming each step is in terms of physical activity, and also if it’s possible to make it over the course of a day or two because very often I don’t have the time/energy/mental capacity to cook much more than pasta, if that.

  4. Katherine

    Recipes I see always give a “time to prepare” note, and they are invariably wrong or misleading, even though I don’t think I take longer than the average person to do things. It’s the time it takes to prepare the meal if you already have all your ingredients out, and all the ingredients that require chopping pre-chopped, and all your stock pre-mixed, your oven pre-heated, your jug/kettle pre-boiled, and the recipe pre-memorised. And then sometimes they don’t include cooking time in the “time to prepare”, which is just wrong. “Ooh, I have half an hour before dinner, and this recipe takes half an hour to prepare!” and then I find out that after my 45-minute preparation that it then needs to cook for half an hour…

  5. Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

    Your post makes me miss the Bay Area! I know things aren’t perfect there, but I miss these kinds of issues being on the radar in the way you describe.

    In terms of accessibility, I think we have a long way to go in terms of sensory issues. There are so many things not on the radar at all: Will loud music be playing while people are trying to talk? Will there quiet space among the mobs of people? Will the movie be playing at a high volume? Is there a quiet seating area, away from ambient noise? It’s so expected that people can just process crowds, noise, competing voices, etc. that I don’t think others realize how inaccessible these things make outings for some of us. And the fact that sensory processing is invisible (and intuitive for most people) makes it difficult to convince others that we’re dealing with actual physical disabilities that cannot be overcome by willpower or a positive attitude.

  6. Leigh Honeywell

    I signal-boosted this in a couple of places and one bit of feedback I got was a request for some kind of checklist of access issues to cover in thinking about events. The one resource which came to mind immediately was the Access page for WisCon: http://www.wiscon.info/access.php

    A couple of longer resources: a checklist for planning an accessible event, and Human Resources Development Canada’s guide to planning inclusive meetings (pdf link).

    I’m not feeling super confident in my assessment (as a TAB person) of the latter two as useful tools, and would love to hear about other / better resources, if that isn’t deraily. If it is, I don’t mind this just being deleted :)

  7. badgermama

    Giving regular, reliable information is a huge step!

    My son has been at the same school for 3 years, and despite my asking, they never include accessibility information for their events. I hate it particularly for school field trips. I haven’t gone on any of them, because I’m sure it would be a huge problem and would not go down well. It makes me really angry though.

  8. zellie

    I wasn’t even aware of how little information is given about accessibilty until I joined a club whose president has ceberal palsy. Every time we planned to attend an event, she’d ask if it was accessible and no one would know how to find out.

  9. romham

    Thanks for this post. It is a constant battle for sure. ive been doing varied-access audits up here for a few years now, and am adding to the audit pretty regularly. For me, this stuff is standard, it should be standard like you said the date and location are standard. ive never experienced accessibility info being treated as standard. More common, sure, but not standard. id love to have this happen. Its been happening more in my local communities, thanks to agitation from us local gimps lol, and non pwd friends getting a fuller picture of the frustrations involved, and start to feel more empowered to provide the info. Awesome.

  10. Glenda Watson Hyatt

    Sounds like your radio station is forward-thinking, thanks to Ed Roberts and the others involved in the disability movement in the Bay Area.

    Leigh, I’ve compiled A checklist for planning an accessible event. However, reading the comments here, there’s still much to add to the checklist.


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