Commitment to Increased Access
Over the last several years we have tried to attend to issues of (dis)abilities and have been working to increase our own knowledge, and to then improve access at the conference and other t4sj events. Additionally, although we have always believed in holding our annual conference in a public school, this decision has brought challenges for equitable access. We look forward to further dialogue with the larger community about additional steps to make our organization and its events more inclusive for all.
Concrete steps taken for improved physical accessibility at this year’s conference include:
- ASL interpretation will be available for morning and afternoon keynote address
- Improved access to elevators through volunteers stationed all day at each elevator
- Accessibility information included in the program
- Priority Seating- three reserved chairs in each workshop. In the past, many workshops have been overflowing. This strategy is to reserve space for participants who require a seat.
We have yet to meet needs for improved accessibility in regards to sight and hearing. We welcome community support* as we work to make the t4sj conference work for all educators. Please join us at a general meeting, or contact us through email.
*Special thanks to NYCore- New York Collective of Radical Educators for their leadership in addressing ADA assesibility needs at their conference which served as a model for our statement.