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(Dis?)Ability 5: Let’s organize an accessible event

Welcome to the fifth lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will learn how to organize an accessible event. Accessibility and intersectionality are about considering various needs of recipients in advance, not about making projects and then thinking how to adapt them, because accessibility is also about an interesting and attractive form (for instance when it comes to culture, educational projects, film festivals etc.)

Initiate a discussion with people from your collective or organisation to find out what you can do to improve. Watch the video together and face the reality; no matter how limited your budget is, how much capacity you lack or how important other issues seem to be – there is no excuse. Try harder!

  • What needs to be changed in your organisation to think about accessibility and intersectionality at the very beginning of your actions?
  • How do you take an intersectional perspective into account in your group/organisation? Have you defined missing or needed areas?
  • Do you have a culture in your group where its easy to express needs and where people try to meet each others needs/make things accessible? If not, how could you create such a culture of care?
  • Are your current projects addressed towards people with disabilities? Do you give them a chance to be addressed and invited? What does that process look like in your group? does it require any improvements?
  • Can you think of examples of how ableist ways of thinking and organising affect everyone in the group?

Quotes:
“Whenever you recognize that everyone is looking the same in the room, there is a problem”.
“Don’t make it [accessibility, inclusion] about a person, it’s better for everyone [those solutions].”

Final task:
Here is the example of the checklist to organise a film festival in person. Based on that create a checklist for one of the events your group organises. Consult with somebody who has the experience of disability about your checklist or/and reach out to one of our experts (You can find links to their website at the end of each video lesson and posts).
Checklist:

  • movie subtitles
  • audio description
  • sign language translation of the movies and the events
  • assisting persons – accessible venue, including the toilets and other spaces
  • all the information about the accessibility available beforehand, including social media
  • people with disabilities in the orga group
  • people with disabilities in the panel discussions
  • visual content description
  • silent room
  • discounts for people with disabilities and free of charge for the assistants
  • information about the public transport/car access to the venue
  • additional screenings with educed levels of incentives
  • workshop for the team.


Further reading recommendations:
Devon Price: Laziness Does Not Exist
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Laziness-Does-Not-Exist/Devon-Price/9781982140106
Very detailed collaborative document on accessible activism:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-g2dkq17NsRmLum-Km-eTyIxoBtvaSxNHAUK2Dh59fs/edit
A basic accessibility checklist for events: http://www.punchupcollective.org/accessibility-checklist/
A more in-depth checklist can be found here: http://www.dmurring.com/accessibleactivism

Credits:
SchwarzRund – https://schwarzrund.de/
simo tier – https://simo-tier.de/
Lian – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

(Dis?)Ability 4: Let’s talk about the online world

Welcome to the fourth lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. This time you will learn about accessibility in the online world. You may think you now a lot already, but check what other people have to say, especially when it comes to living with disabilities.

The following questions should help you further your knowledge about the topic discussed in this lesson. Feel free to answer them individually or collectively.

Security:

  • How do you understand safety and security in relation to accessibility in your organization?

Meetings:

  • In what way sticking or not sticking to the agenda/logistics can be an obstacle for people with disabilities?
  • Can you name a few specific tools to make a meeting accessible for people with sensory disabilities?

Internet:

  • How can the Internet be an empowering tool and a barrier at the same time?
  • Are your social media and website accessible? Provide a sample of afacebook, instagram and/or twitter post including accessible solutions – you can work with groups to get a wider perspective – video, visual elements, statement, facebook event etc.

Further reading recommendations:
How to make your webpage accessible: https://www.a11yproject.com/
Check if your website is accessible: https://webaim.org/
Check if you’re using accessible language: https://languagetool.org
Check if you’re website has enough contrast to be well visible: https://contrastchecker.com

Credits:
The Tripple Cripples https://www.youtube.com/c/TheTripleCripples/featured
Saverio
Ry
Polish translation: Alex
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

In the comment of our expert Kasia you can learn about the specific tools you can use to improve the online accessibility. Anything can be done on your social media with not so much effort! Do not forget to check our final lesson on event organizing, we will be talking about the online world again.

(Dis?)Ability 3: Let’s talk about the language

Welcome to the third lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. This time we will take a closer look on the topic of language – how discriminatory or emancipatory it can be, how to speak without harm and, instead, show our solidarity and support on the level of communicating.

This time the task is easy and quick. Make a list of the words mentioned in all video lessons that are considered inappropriate and then destroy it. Don’t forget to make the decision not to use them anymore. Listen to people with the experience you don’t have and follow their advice. The change often starts with language.

Further reading recommendations:
10 Answers to Common Questions People Ask When Being Called Out for Using Ableist Language – https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/on-ableist-language/

Po polsku:
O języku i nie tylko – https://www.humanityinaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/19_pl_o-osobach-z-niepelnosprawnosciami.pdf

Credits:

Katarzyna Bierzanowska – Pełnoprawna – https://www.facebook.pl/pelnoprawna
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

(Dis?)Ability Lesson 1: Let’s start from the basics

Welcome to the first lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. In this first lesson you will work together with your group to create your own definitions of the following terms:

  • Disability
  • Ableism
  • Disability movements

You can compare your definitions with the ones provided by our experts. The following questions will help you in furthering the knowledge you learned in this lesson. They should be a good starting point for a discussion about the themes we have learned so far.

  • Why is it important to acknowledge some flexibility to the definition of disability?
  • Can you think of any example of how a particular definition of disability can change the actual situation/behavior or influence accessibility?

Further reading recommendations:
Sunaura Taylor: “Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation”
Sins Invalids:”Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People – Disability Justice Primer” – https://www.sinsinvalid.org/disability-justice-primer
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: “Care work: Dreaming Disability Justice”
Video with Talila Lewis on racial and disability justice (in the prison system in the US): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z-36OiQ1OA
Funny video about the social model of disability pointed at in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s3NZaLhcc4

Auf Deutsch:
https://archiv-behindertenbewegung.org/
Mika Murstein: “I’m a queerfeminist cyborg, that’s okay”
SchwarzRund und Simo Tier: “Rampe? Reicht!” Podcast: https://rampereicht.de/

Credits:
SchwarzRund – https://schwarzrund.de/
Lian – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

And here comes the first update! Our speaker sent this short video with an additional aspect of ableism.

(Dis?)Ability

(Dis?)Ability: An Online Course Fostering Accessibility in Youth Grassroots Groups

Introduction

What?

(Dis?)Ability is an online course that explores ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. The course is divided in 5 lessons that tackle topics such as accessibility, inclusivity, disability justice, privilege and oppression in youth activist movements. It also aims to create a space to reflect about self-organized events and spaces in terms of access and inclusivity. These lessons will provide tools to challenge existing barriers in these spaces and to incentivise a move towards dismantling them.

For whom?

The content of the course was created for and by youths in grassroots groups, along with people experiencing limited access to activist spaces, due, for example, to disability or illness. It is thought for people that are actively involved in activism and event organising, and that wish to make this practice more accessible and inclusive.

How?

The course consists of 5 video lessons that are accessible through our website without the need of previous registration. ehere will also be no tests or grading of any kind. Each video lesson will have subtitles in different languages (English, german, polish and spanish). We invite you to explore, individually or collectively, the questions and topics to discuss provided with each video – in your own time, pace and language. In you want to learn more, and please do, use our further reading recommendations. All the lesson are also available directly from EYFA vimeo channel here.

Additionally we offer you a brochure, also in 4 language versions, to download and/or print – A guide for Designing Online Accessible Tools.

The course ends up with the evaluation form – do not hesitate to give us your feedback anytime. You can also write to eyfa[at]eyfa.org or contact our experts directly, the info is provided in the credits.

The course is a copy-left product, you are very welcome to use it as you wish – as the whole tool, as the particular video or lesson content. Sign up to our newsletter or/and mailing list to stay up to date – eyfa[at]eyfa.org

The project is supported by European Youth Foundation.

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