[hackerspaces] thinking (and talking) about how accessible our spaces are (or aren't)

Sylva1n sylv41n at gmail.com
Thu Sep 9 23:49:22 CEST 2010

Great initiative.
Is there any checklist-style document you would recommend that lists
the main accessibility do's and don't's, or permits a easy assessment
of accessibility issues?

On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM, Leigh Honeywell <leigh at hypatia.ca> wrote:
> This is a call to action, inspired by a blog post[0] about normalizing
> talking about accessibility in the same way we talk about parking
> availability, cost, time, location, etc. when we talk about events, but
> which I think is also relevant to general info about hackerspaces as
> many of our spaces hold regular non-event-events such as open houses,
> parties, and so on.
> If you scroll down to the bottom of the "location" page on the HackLab
> site, you can see the note we've included about the space's accessiblity
> (and lack thereof):
> http://hacklab.to/location/
> We've also started including mention of relevant access issues on event
> postings (laser and makerbot fumes?  not so likely when we're running a
> food event, but then allergies come into play, etc.)
> It's a small, low-effort thing, but can make a big difference to people
> who might have not participated in your community otherwise, and I'd
> like to invite other spaces to consider doing something similar on their
> interweb presences.  I'm totally happy to help draft this kind of access
> statements, if anyone wants to mail me offlist.
> Another fun thing would be to get various access issues added as a
> thing-people-can-sort-by on the wiki, but that's beyond my wiki-fu.
> Moar access == moar awesomeness!
> -Leigh
> [0] from FWD/Forward, a fascinating blog about gender and disability
> issues: http://disabledfeminists.com/2010/09/09/normalising-accessibility/
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