For our events, we strive to ensure wheelchair users (and everyone else) can:
pee, poop, eat, drink, sit down, and access quiet space and outdoor space.
But you’re not doing all this just to avoid litigation, right? You’re doing it because you want people to feel welcome. I encourage you to exceed legal requirements and even people’s expectations.
Of course, making safer spaces is more than a checklist. You have to think both holistically and specifically. For instance, don’t overlook the little things that make up the overall feel of your space.Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play, and Gather
Five Ways to Welcome all Bodyminds to Your Event
We have detailed accessibility checklists and recommendations in our course “Enable Dignity: The Accommodations for Natural Human Variation Should Be Mutual“, but for this piece we reduce down to five things you can learn and do to welcome all bodyminds to your learning event.
Five Ways to Welcome All Bodyminds to Your Learning Event
- Create real access pages.
- Create Cavendish Space with caves, campfires, and watering holes.
- Provide interaction badges.
- Offer bodymind affirmations and provide outlets for stimming, pacing, fidgeting, and retreating.
- Ensure there is quiet space and outdoor space that people can access at any time.
General Do’s & Don’ts for Interacting with Disabled People
- Do yield to people with mobility aids (e.g. wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes).
- Do not touch, lean on or push anyone’s mobility equipment.
- Do not bend down to talk to someone in a wheelchair. If you find it difficult to maintain the conversation, pull up a chair.
- Do ask before you try to assist someone. What you assume is helpful may not be.
- Do speak directly to a disabled person (not the ASL interpreter, personal care assistant, etc.).
- Do not pet, feed, or otherwise distract a service dog. Please approach their handler before interacting.
Survey venues with this access survey.
We have detailed accessibility checklists and guidelines and philosophy here.
Here’s a detailed air quality checklist.