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  •  I've chimed in copiously on the previous diaries (7+ / 0-)

    but let me reiterate a few points:

    1. I think it is EXTREMELY important to have a Disability Coordinator. The staff is overworked as it is and things get dropped because of this. Also, sometimes they don't understand why something is important. TFLS would be an outstanding Disability Coordinator.

    2. It would be wonderful to have a core of volunteers to help when those with disabilities need them. They could be available in shifts, so no one has their entire conference taken up with volunteer duties.

    3. One of the things I am committed to is making sure the videos are captioned. A few years ago we had someone offer to do it for free, but those offers were never taken up. If my panel or panels are chosen, I will also be trying to have a volunteer sign the proceedings.

    4. Yes, please let's have a KosAbility caucus at a set time and on the schedule.

    5. Yes, please let's have a KosAbility panel. I will think on the specifics and get back to you soon :)

                              Hugs,
                              Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:37:40 PM PST

    •  Fabulous, my dear! (1+ / 0-)
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      So happy to hear all of this.

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      by peregrine kate on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:46:42 PM PST

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    •  Heather dear, (4+ / 0-)
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      not sure I have the time or talent to coordinate (at least till we get my mom settled in her new assisted living facility), but I'd be happy to help TFLS and/or any others out where needed -- especially with research and the like as I mentioned to PK in my comment above.

      One thing I noticed, when I did my registration for NN13, there was a small amount (I want to say $5) for "disability access" or some such, so I wonder if the committee is on this and is going to use that money to provide for things like sign interpreters for at least the keynotes (and maybe some of the major panels) and the like? I'd have to go back to the registration page and look more closely.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:48:12 PM PST

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      •  (((((((((((((((((((((Cali))))))))))))))))))))))))) (3+ / 0-)
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        YAY that you are going to be there ! I'm looking so forward to meeting you in person, at long last :)

        Having your talents would be a wonderful addition, thanks :)  

        Yup, I think they are going to be more proactive, as they have been slowly but surely the last few years. I think our job is to tell them what we need, and to point them at resources and people who are willing to help. Having someone who is specifically for Disability Access is important, because then when we have someone who is willing to help, like the very generous woman who offered to pay for renting scooters for people who needed them, we have someone specific to send them to, instead of overloading Adam and Nathan and the others who already have a lot to do.

        That $5 is going to be really helpful, and I am grateful they have made the decision to designate it the way they have. One of the issues, of course, with disability access is the chicken or the egg question: Do you provide the disability supports and hope those with disabilities will utilize them, or do you find out what supports people who are attending need and then provide them ? It's a challenging question. Based on a survey I did here on DKos about captioning, there is definitely enough need to caption the NN videos. With the signing, I think it would depend on whether there is someone who wanted to attend who is profoundly deaf, if it is a paid resource rather than a volunteer resource.
         

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:12:10 PM PST

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        •  There've been enough complaints (1+ / 0-)
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          from past conventions that they've probably got a pretty good idea of what's needed. And they have done a bit better -- Las Vegas in 2010 was not nearly as spread out as Chicago in 2007, where some of the meeting rooms (such as the fourth floor ones) were so far out that it felt like they were actually in Indiana. Was really tough on those with mobility issues, since there was only one small elevator along with the escalators going up there. As I've said, McEnery is fairly compact, and it's also only 2 floors IIRC (been a while since I've been to a convention there).

          Closed captioning can be a hit or miss thing -- having watched enough butchering of names and places on CC when I have the TV on mute. But there could be CC on the live videos, then clean that up and have captioning on the videos uploaded for later viewing. Not only would CC help those with hearing issues, it would also help those who might be trying to follow along from work or other places that can't play audio.

          So excited you'll be there too -- I'll be solo at NN13 (Mark, aka Mr. Scribe, will be on Mom Patrol that week), so I'll be doing the full Social Butterfly routine without having to worry about him. :-)

          "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

          by Cali Scribe on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:57:57 PM PST

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