Hi and welcome to the Radical Access Mapping Project. An “About” section has been on the table since i started RAMP in 2009 but i seem to have never really gotten around to doing it. I’ll fill in a little over time…
Basically, RAMP consists of one person (yours truly!) and three main focuses: accessibility auditing / consulting, video/film captioning, and personal reflections on ableism, accessibility, intersections.
Disability Justice focused accessibility auditing is about collectively creating useful, accurate, broad-based and up-to-date accessibility information about the physical environment so we can make informed choices about what events and spaces we participate in and support. The Radical Access Mapping Project began in 2009 out of frustration over the lack of useful (or often any) accessibility information in our communities. Auditing spaces is just one piece among many working towards disability justice, with an anti-oppression, intersectional, radical access approach: one that looks at & beyond ramps.
The audit isn’t purely a checklist, and is not intended as a stand alone piece. Please check out this post on really getting what an audit is all about
Captioning and subtitling is a great way for more folks to access video & film. As someone who finds it difficult to process some audio communication, it certainly helps me understand things better. And it can make it possible for others to participate in an otherwise pretty alienating & sometimes completely inaccessible event. Captions have limitations in that they are -in my case as someone who captions things in english- simply my english representation, a literal copy, word for word, of what’s happening on screen. It cannot replace, for example, what a viewer would experience if the video was sign language interpreted. Captions cannot capture the nuances of an entire language, and are not a fill-in for sign language interpretations.
While captioning and subtitling is not the be-all end-all, but just one more piece of the puzzle, i think the bulk of us are looking towards greater inclusivity, wider community nets, empowerment, involvement, liberation, yes? Yes. And every bit helps.
Here you’ll find a growing list of many of the videos RAMP has captioned. I predominantly caption via Amara but have also begun adding those videos to the RAMP Youtube channel (this process will take some time as i don’t want to simply sync up the accounts).