My ideas behind this community are as follows, but I hope you will use it however you like. Here are some of my ideas:
--complement the accessibility_fail
communities, but with more of a focus on improving access and disability-friendliness within fandom and specifically at science fiction conventions and conferences.
--promote the idea of Access for Everyone, as part of our culture, as just something we do and expect, and as something that benefits everyone. This is not meant to take the focus off of disabled people, but rather to shift cultural expectations so that access is something we can all think about and all work toward, whether we identify as disabled or not. All people benefit from good access: a excellent example of this is having good signs
--promote and develop the Access Fandom Wiki
. This will be a Wiki where people who are planning conventions can go and learn about how to do Access, and those of us who have done it before can perhaps impart some of our wisdom. A centralized location to discuss, learn, teach the nuts and bolts of this job. I've never worked on a Wiki before, so anyone who wants to jump in and help is so very welcome. All you need to do is register a username and password. This community is an ideal place to discuss the Wiki.
I learned about Access from WisCon. Here is our (WisCon's) Disability Inclusion Statement
While certainly not perfect, it seems that WisCon is ahead of other cons when in comes to Access, and we'd like to get this information around. This community and the Wiki are part of that effort.
Credit where credit is due: jesse_the_k
, and sparkymonster
are current and past Access team members who have developed this statement, with the support of the WisCon Convention Committee.
I am WisCon Access chair for this year. Please note, however, that I'm not running either this community nor working on the Wiki as an "official" WisCon website-- just doing this as my own self.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or Jesse the K.