So, i’m in the process of putting together a little “toolkit” that people can use to assist in doing the accessibility audits i’ve been doing. It’s time to begin more actively letting them go. I’ve been doing more audits with other folks, and people are keen. In some ways it’s hard to let them go, if that makes sense? But i also want to let them go, because that’s the whole purpose of them! Getting the info out there, having more people involved in the process, and recognizing that accessibility isn’t just one thing, these things are all super important to me, and is the major reason i began doing these.
But i want to find ways to have some “quality control” (i can see myself in a little lab coat with a stamp like the Fruit Of The Loom QC person) too, because it actually is important that it not just be a block of random information without context or supporting info, but useful, usable, accurate and up-to-date information. Organic, ongoing, adaptable, y’know?
So far i’ve got a summary of what it’s all about; the templates for the audit, the overview, and the text i’ve been posting with them online; the methods i use to designate final accessibility ratings; and offering recommendations to venues and event holders. Do you think other things would be helpful for you if you’re thinking about doing these audits? What sorts of supports, if any, would you find useful?
I’m also thinking about picking a venue and taking a “field trip” with a bunch of interested folks and us all doing a practice run of the whole process. Contact, scheduling and performing the audit, followup, creating the final online products, including the overview and other pieces. i want to think about all the stages, and see if there are gaps folks would like to fill, and how, and what sorts of resources might help folks move forward with doing these on their own.
As well, i want to do some personal work on letting go and recognizing that the final products will not all look the way my final product looks, and that that’s ok. It’s hard when you’ve been working on something for so long, something which is also wrapped up in a lot of personal lived experience as a disabled person. This isn’t a “project” for me, or a hobby, and when i see people treating accessibility that way, it kind of pisses me off, because one day they’re in, the next day they’re out. But i need to work on not allowing that able-bodied-centredness to dictate the work i do as a gimp. Lifeswork, i tell ya!
Thanks for everyone who is helping in some way, expressed interest in and done audits with me, posted the audits for events, sent folks my way to get an audit done, and so on. Onward! :)