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Last week I posted a diary about the potential we have to increase accessibility for attendees at NN13, based on criticisms, suggestions and objectives that have arisen out of previous NNs. We had a pretty good discussion, although I know there are more ideas out there to be shared. Personally, I was otherwise occupied, given important family obligations.

Today I have two reasons to post again. Before I describe them, however, I am also going to claim fatigue and distraction for the lack of links in this current diary. They abound in the previous one, however, so please do avail yourself of the one I give to that diary in the very first line of this post.

First, I want to remind everyone of the rapidly upcoming workshop/panel deadline (Fri. 2/8) for NN13. I honestly don’t know if anyone is already planning to submit any related proposals, and for that matter I do not need to know. But, if people would like to find each other for such a task, and don’t already have the contacts in mind to do so, I am delighted to have this diary serve as a forum for that purpose. So please network away!

Second, last week’s diary revisited many issues (and raised a few others) that do need follow-up. I’d propose this as a rough way to categorize them:
1) guidelines & goals for access to be met by the organizers, including but definitely not limited to having a KosAbility caucus time & place to be posted in the schedule;
2) resources for access to be disseminated among (prospective) NN-goers, including but definitely not limited to courtesy tips and details about off-site accessibility and transportation;
3) formulation of a Disability Coordinator's volunteer job description; and
4) filling out the ideas necessary to create a volunteer corps for support of NN attendees.

Discussing these topics in a diary or via Kosmail is simply awkward, at best. I’d like to invite anyone interested in developing these topics in depth to contact me WITH a non-DKos email you’re willing to use. My goal for such a conversation would be to write a position statement (or four) that we could then circulate among KosAbility editors at least, if not the site at large, so that with the feedback we got from the "whole" group we would have a proposal to present to the NN organizers.

I don’t think we need to be on quite as tight a timeline as the workshop proposals, but I think we should aim for late February at the outside, perhaps the 22nd or so if at all possible. I’m also not trying to be opaque, in the sense of being non-transparent; it’s just damn inconvenient to try to accomplish much via Kosmail—or, for that matter, in a diary. It’s not an appropriate format for this kind of tweaking.

So there you have it: two invitations, one to network about potential workshops or panels or speakers, etc., and one to take part in formulating more specific and detailed proposals regarding improved accessibility.

Thanks, everyone, in advance.

Originally posted to peregrine kate on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM PST.

Also republished by KosAbility.

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  •  I'll be in and out while making dinner (17+ / 0-)

    but please believe me, I am very interested in hearing from folks today (and later). We have an important opportunity to move forward, and I know we have the potential to accomplish great things for us all.

    Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:11:57 PM PST

  •  (((((((((((((((((((Kate))))))))))))))))))))))))))) (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks, as always, Hon !

    Hmmm, a possible inspiration. Maybe have a panel on how the APA will affect those with disabilities. With the final implimentation being next January, it might be useful to help people with questions they might have.

    Also, with regard to all the cola SSI stuff and how different possibilities would affect those with disabilities who are on SSI ? I've heard a lot of discussion on how it would affect seniors, but not non-seniors on SSI.

    Just some thoughts.

    As you with regards to NN accessibility, I think the key is to have a Disability Coordinator. I think we all see that. Now it's just of matter of how the Board and the organizers see it :)

                              Love and Hugs,
                                  Heather

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

    by Chacounne on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:51:28 PM PST

  •  Being in the general neighborhood (6+ / 0-)

    of NN13, I'll take on #2 -- access resources. As I mentioned in KosAbility, I'll try to get down to SJ this week, maybe Thursday if I'm not on Mom-in-law Patrol. :-)

    Would we want it printed up or would just a diary work?

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:00:58 PM PST

    •  YOU are awesome, C S, to offer to do this. (5+ / 0-)

      It's potentially a really big task.
      Based on comments from last week, as I recall, people would be interested in knowing "true" accessibility--from bathrooms to large group areas, as with a meeting room or dance floor.
      I think perhaps something in between a diary and a printed resource would be effective, but I'm not sure yet myself. The last major conference I attended besides NN12 was the 2010 U.S. Social Forum in Detroit. The organizers had printed pages of restaurant information for conference attendees, which was really helpful but certainly expensive. Maybe we could have a central online resource as part of the NN13 website and app? And also some printed copies....
      That decision seems a bit further away, to me, but I can appreciate how the eventual format for presentation might influence the information you collect now.
      Thank you again, so much.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:17:30 PM PST

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      •  Having it as one of the pages on the website is (4+ / 0-)

        a brilliant idea. That way, the people who need it as a moving resource can print it but it doesn't have to be printed for everyone. If someone finds they need it after they have arrived, most fancy hotels, I suspect including the main ones for the conference have the ability to print something short if necessary.

                             Love and Hugs,
                                   Heather

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

        by Chacounne on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:30:05 PM PST

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      •  Some of the information might (1+ / 0-)
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        peregrine kate

        not be available offhand, not knowing what spaces are going to be used for what features. I've got a general idea of the layout of the halls, but can't be sure how they'll be arranged for the various sessions or what walls will be moved to make the large room for the keynotes and other functions.

        There might be a brochure available regarding accessibility at the convention center -- I know there's one regarding accessibility for VTA (the local transit agency, where Mr. Scribe worked before he retired).

        Speaking of Mr. Scribe, he's telling me to get my ass off the computer and to bed...I'll be in touch. :-)

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 01:46:31 AM PST

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        •  Sure. Anything you can do toward this end (0+ / 0-)

          will be helpful. Step-wise improvement is my objective, at any rate. TYVM!!

          Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

          by peregrine kate on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:43:32 AM PST

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    •  ((((((((((((((((((Cali)))))))))))))))))))))))))))) (4+ / 0-)

      You are wonderful !

                        Love and Hugs,
                              Heather

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

      by Chacounne on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:31:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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