Audit of Gallery Gachet

This audit of Gallery Gachet was performed on April 30, 2013, by the Radical Access Mapping Project, with assistance from Kay Lamothe working on the Radical Accessibility Acknowledgement and Celebration event being held June 08, 2013 at the Gallery. Thanks to Kay for your assistance! And thanks to the good folks at Gallery Gachet for being so open to and helpful during the process.

 

 

Overview – Just the Basics:

 

Google Doc:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/16JEn1OF6ayfpfwgBifduOQPJL5OIhGAEtnpoxtclqi4/edit?usp=sharing

 

PDF: GalleryGachet_AccessibilitiesOverview_2013

 

 

Full Audit – The Nitty Gritty:

 

Google Doc:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As1n0augDG8kdGZ2SVJYY0VlTkV0c1pfTmJSdVZELUE&usp=sharing

 

PDF: Gallery Gachet Accessibility Audit – Sheet1

 

Link to FAQ:

Google Doc:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B81n0augDG8kTW5TeFlLSWk2NG8/edit?usp=sharing

 

PDF: RAMP_Audit FAQ_updated may 2013

Maritime Labour Centre Audit Info

This accessibilities audit of the Maritime Labour Centre was performed on August 6th 2011 by the Radical Access Mapping Project, for Metro Vancouver Kink.

You can learn more about the Radical Access Mapping Project, find other audited spaces, and request further information about the Maritime Labour Centre audit here
https://radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/radical-access-mapping-project-vancouver/

and here
http://www.maritimelabourcentre.com/

If you would like a space audited, or have questions about accessibilities in general, please contact rampvancouver@gmail.com

Maritime Labour Centre Accessibilities Overview:

Google Doc https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zi9oawYfDuVNc7ILtZnDqaiciyh4YDEeXD7Yeh8YDrE/edit

PDF
MaritimeLabourCentreAccessibilitiesOverview

 
Maritime Labour Centre Full Accessibilities Audit:

Google Doc
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkEveutSlMoVdGRhS0ROUzlZM2FLUTRtOS1RaXdkUXc

PDF
Maritime Labour Centre Audit_August 2011 – Sheet1 (1)

Some auditing changes for the new year

For my own emotional and physical wellbeing, and taking some inspiration from other folks, in this new year i’m changing how i do my accessibility audit work. Needing to trim things down, focus my attentions on those projects which have some promise of increasing access, not simply staying with the status quo. The work is hard, takes time and energy, and -by definition- i’m invested in the outcomes changing (i.e. more accessible spaces/ events/ organizing, etc); i can’t “opt out” or “just not get so involved”, and it so often feels very heavy for me because i see time and again that actual physical, structural, institutional, organizational change almost never happens. Some of that “heavy” is inevitable, but i can change some of the ways i engage with this process, be more intentional about it, so that it can continue to be a useful and expanding resource for folks, including me.

So, few things! i’m going to ask you some questions before going ahead to working together on an audit, including but not limited to:

  • What might it mean to the folks affected?
  • How may it positively or negatively impact disabled folks and others requiring greater access accommodations?
  • What’s your connection to disabled communities?
  • What will you do with the info from an audit?
  • How will you get the word out there that the process is happening and about any changes you make?
  • What resources do you have available for alterations and what’s your time frame for making alterations etc?

and so on.

– i’ll personally follow through on audit requests which have an access goal in mind AND the resources/ access to resources/ willingness to creatively acquire those resources to make those changes a reality in the near future.

– i’ll only personally audit spaces who’s main spaces are at *minimum* accessible to me in my scooter, and who’s bathrooms are on the same level but perhaps not quite large enough to adequately fit me.

– i won’t be auditing spaces where alcohol is the primary focus

i certainly encourage other folks to take on spaces which don’t meet this criteria, and will be available to help if desired. For example, i may not perform the physical in-person audit, but could do data input etc; or can simply pass along the entire audit package to do yourself.

Quality control of the end product is a key part of the audit process (inaccurate info doesn’t help!), so ensuring that the info is accurate, up to date, that the access levels are accurately noted, (i.e. based in reality, not on how folks would *like* the space to be lol <–which actually happens a lot!), ensuring that to some degree it’s based in a disability justice framework. So, a commitment to an accountability process/ filter of some kind. Even if it’s just running the final product by me, to be another set of eyes on it. i’m unsure right now how to do some of this. Like how to have some accountability built into the process, while at the same time letting it go. These are things i’m working on as we speak :)

i’m looking forward to narrowing my personal focus over the next year, and if you’d like to do an audit and have your eyes set on making some concrete changes to a space/ event/ etc, let’s talk! And if you’d like to get moving on doing an audit on your own but are unsure of any changes you can make, let me know and i can set up a package for you. i’m also hoping to clarify some of this on the website with some help from a friend, making packages readily available for download there, etc. Keep your eyes open for future updates!

REACH Community Health Centre Audit

The accessibilities audit of the REACH Community Health Centre was performed on December 22nd 2011 by the Radical Access Mapping Project, for the All Genders Wellness Centre. Learn more about the AGWC here:
http://www.allgenderswellness.com/All_Genders_Wellness_Centre/About_Us/About_Us.html

You can learn more about the Mapping Project and find other audited spaces here
http://buildingradicalaccessiblecommunities.blogspot.com/p/accessibilities-audits.html

If you would like a space audited, or have questions about accessibilities in general, please contact rampvancouver@gmail.com and let’s talk!

REACH CHC Accessibilities Overview
https://docs.google.com/document/d/18RIa0lK8c0oCyIafIvufV2fRqQYM3ID4L_5AFqoBR58/edit

REACH CHC Full Accessibilities Audit
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkEveutSlMoVdGNkNGJOUENrRk1OX3k0eXRzY2Vtanc

M2M Vancouver steambaths Audit


This accessibilities audit of M2M Vancouver steambaths was performed on March 1st 2012 by the Radical Access Mapping Project, with assistance from the good folks at sTeam: Bathhouse For All Gender.
You can find out more about sTeam by visiting their website at [http://steambathhouse.com/homepage/]
You can get more details about M2M here [http://m2mvancouver.com/]

You can learn more about the Mapping Project, and find other audited spaces here:
[http://buildingradicalaccessiblecommunities.blogspot.com/p/accessibilities-audits.html]

If you would like a space audited, or have questions about accessibilities in general, please contact rampvancouver@gmail.com and let’s talk!

M2M Accessibilities Overview:
[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d0lqrVxdFTIr-FjlRySB2I1M2etGdWK7hhSsoduG5as/edit


M2M Full Accessibilities Audit:
[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkEveutSlMoVdDZ3b3Fld3JGNUxlQ1plT1ZmQUVpV2c]
Here is a photo of the rear entrance of M2M, where you’ll find the wheelchair lift:
[image: a black painted back metal double door with no handles, the right wall is black brick; there is a partial view of the alleyway]