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07:36 pm - Access advice
Hello all,

A long time ago, someone somewhere sent me the advice-to-con-goers put out by a con which asked people to be thoughtful about their behaviour, so as to give people with disabilities the best possible chance of a really great con (not vaguely 'think about people with disabilities', but precisely).

Now I need it, of course, I cannot find it - can anyone point me at good stuff?

Many thanks,


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Date:February 12th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Wiscon's pretty much the leader on this, so it was probably Wiscon?


There's the Allies section at the top and another Allies section at the bottom with more.
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Date:March 31st, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
This wasn't it, but this is Awesome of the same shade. Many thanks!
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Date:February 12th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
I can't help directly, but you might have luck at [community profile] access_fandom.
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Date:February 13th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
kestrell wrote a great article that appears here in Arisia's "Clear Ether newsletter"
If you have trouble with the PDF here is the text:

What Anyone Can Do to Make Arisia More Accessible

by Alicia "Kestrell" Verlager 2010 Access Services leader access@arisia.org

As a disability advocate, the question I am most often asked is, is it okay to offer to help someone with a disability?".

The answer is "Yes, but it often depends on how you do the asking."

Here are three considerations to keep in mind:

[Note to printer: the first letter of each of these three paragraphs should be bolded so that they obviously spell out AID.]
Ask before assuming.

People with disabilities often develop ways of doing things which may look slow or inefficient to others, but which work best for them and, if they do wish for assistance, it may be for only a specific aspect of a task. For instance, when being guided, blind people do not need to be led or supported, but only need to lightly touch a guide's elbow in order to follow that person.

So you might ask a person "Would you like assistance?" and, if they say yes, then ask "What would you like me to do?".

Identify yourself.

As a blind person, I like to have a name to go with the voice, but this also works to identify context, as in "Hi, my name's Kestrell and I'm an Arisia volunteer. Can I help you?"

Don't grab, push, pull, yell, or otherwise invade a person's space.

Aside from issues of respect, many people with disabilities may have mobility or pain issues which are aggravated by having people touching them. Also realize that a person's cane, wheelchair, or other such device functions as an extension of their body and the same "don't touch" rules apply to these devices. Lastly, *please* don't feel that you are the exception to the rule that it is rude to pet guide dogs that are in harness and working.
If you want to user her article, she has been very generous about sharing it, if you aske her nicely! :)

Edited at 2012-02-13 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Date:February 13th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)

Shameless Self-promotion

I do access services for Arisia, and Here are a couple of awareness things I posted pre-con, to try to reach out and get people thinking about making inclusive space. i am not sure if it is "the good stuff" you are looking for, but I hope it will prove helpful.

Posted the week of the convention
Posted a week before con
(warning- flamewar in comments... sigh)

I also commissioned signs for a fan artist regarding service dogs (working dog is working), utensils and cleanliness in the con suite, covering food in elevators to reduce allergens, saving aisle and front row seats for person w/disabilities, and respecting the blue "parking zones" in rooms. I am happy to share these with any convention that would like to use them (so long as the artists name remains attached... cause he's awesome)!
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Date:April 1st, 2012 09:26 am (UTC)

Re: Shameless Self-promotion

Many thanks for your responses. These are all excellent, and I will pass them on to Alison volunteer-for-accessability.

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