disability etiquette and full inclusion!

to assure a dis-ability affirmative space for all events, avail yourself of this important leaflet, (download link below)  and then do the outreach. people with dis-abilities don’t show up to events in l.a. because events are dis-ability hostile and indifferent.

make sure all venues (including the bathroom and the stage) are accessible (a temporary ramp is very inexpensive!)

choose an identified monitor to assure continued accessibility and to resolve problems as they arrise through out the program.

and most importantly, add the following statement to all publicity for your events:

this event is wheelchair accessible and dis-ability affirmative. if you need additional accommodations please contact us 72 hours prior to the event.

(and then be ready to provide sign language interpretation and other accommodations as needed.)

this isn’t just the responsibility of government and business entities.

lack of inclusion is a violation of the human rights the left and community organizations claim to support.

we need to take the responsibility to find the resources so that we are true allies building full and complete movements for social justice.

http://www.unitedspinal.org/pdf/DisabilityEtiquette.pdf

For more information on accessible event planning:

https://inbedwithfridakahlo.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/guide-to-accessible%20event-planning/

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