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Ability Access/Disability Inclusion Checklist for Marches and Rallies

Thanks so much to Tara Ayres for sharing her work with us! 

  1. Are there people with disabilities on your organizing committee(s)? We have a saying in the disability rights movement: Nothing about us without us. We need to be included in organizing events.
  2. Speakers with disabilities at the rallies
    • Not just wheelchairs, but: Is the stage going to be ramped?
    • Speakers who are literate about disability justice
    • Consider intersectionality: your disabled speakers shouldn’t all be white. People with disabilities are predominantly people of color.
    • Are you asking all of your speakers, whether or not they have disabilities, to consider disability in their speeches?
  3. ASL interpreters at rallies
  4. Fragrance-free areas at the rallies so that people with environmental illness/chemical sensitivities can attend
  5. Create designated smoking areas so that people with respiratory and environmental illness don’t have to be exposed to cigarette smoke
  6. Inclusion of disability in all written materials/websites about the events
  7. Is the march route accessible? Hills? Barriers?
    • Are you considering independent access? No one should need to be pushed if they’re usually independently mobile.
    • If there will be barricades between the sidewalks and the street, how will people with mobility impairments access the march route?
    • If providing vehicles, are they lift- or ramp-equipped?
    • If providing volunteers to help, are you training them on disability issues?
  8. Is there a designated accessible seating area so that folks who need to sit aren’t trapped behind standing people?
    • Is there an accessible path of travel to get to the accessible seating?
    • Is the accessible seating clearly marked/blocked off?
    • If the rally/gathering is on grass, is there a paved path of travel to the accessible seating?
  9. Ensure that there are wheelchair accessible portable toilets, and that they are placed so that wheelchairs can actually access them.
    • Accessible toilets should NOT be positioned up against a curb so that one has to step up to get to them.
    • .Accessible toilets need barrier free, clear space in front of them so that wheelchair users can get into them
    • Consider placing signs that say that they are reserved for people with disabilities.
  10. Are disability rights issues included in peace keeper training? At a minimum, peacekeepers need to be trained on disability etiquette.
  11. If there are written materials/programs, are they available in large print? Braille? Electronic format?
  12. Is your website accessible to screen readers?
    • In general, graphics are not accessible to screen readers, so they need to have text descriptions or image descriptions attached.
  13. If you are providing information to out-of-town visitors about food and lodging, are you including wheelchair and disability access in that information?
  14. If you are assisting with finding community housing, are you working to find wheelchair accessible housing? Fragrance free housing?
  15. Is there engaged space for those who can’t march, but want to participate?
    • Consider creating official accessible viewing areas along the march route where people can display signs, etc.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a great place to start. If you have a suggestion for an addition email us at support@actionnetwork.org. 

 

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