In the last couple of LaDIYfest meetings the issue of providing a quiet space at our November weekender has been raised and we are interested to hear what other people think. It’s really important to us to find a balance in making our events as accessible for people as possible and last year we wrote a policy specifically about this.
We are currently planning to use rooms at the Quaker Meeting House next to the Cathedral (as we did last year) but to be able to provide a designated quiet space, we would need to hire an additional room at extra cost which would be separate to the whole first floor area we used last year. As a reminder, the first floor had two large rooms we used for workshops, a small room which was our supervised creche, a lobby area we used for stalls, a kitchen and a small outside garden area.
So, is having an additional room downstairs something people feel would be very beneficial or are there other things we could do to help support people if they feel they needed a breather?
More generally speaking, is there anything else we could do to improve accessibility at our weekender (such as trying to find BSL signers? producing braille / large print / contrasting versions of our printed materials?) or providing more detailed descriptions of the facilities in advance of the weekender and other LaDIYfest events?
This article on the F Word by Philippa Willits has some really great things to think about if you need any starting points.
We are really keen to hear your thoughts if anyone wants to send us an email or leave us messages on our Facebook or Twitter, or you can leave comments on this post without being required to leave any personal details if anyone would rather say anything anonymously.