Office of the Accessibility Porter
|2/16/2014 - Forwarded Message as follows:
The SCA Board of Directors is directing the Society Seneschal to develop and implement a new Deputy Society Seneschal Office and accompanying kingdom level infrastructure to deal with broad-based event support services.
The core activity and a core competency of the Society for Creative Anachronism is holding events - and our event autocrats and event staff are tremendous volunteer resources who typically shoulder the burden for our mutual benefit over and over and over again.
The Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. believes that it is possible for the Society to take steps to reduce some of that burden by providing an ongoing information clearinghouse resource to provide autocrats and event staff with lists of providers of the support services needed to hold and best manage SCA events.
With this initiative coordinated by a Society-level Deputy Seneschal, and information gathered, managed, and supervised at the Kingdom level by deputy Seneschals, the new Office might thus gather, manage, and provide valuable and timely information for those who put together our events and activities. The new Office will be charged with developing a clearinghouse of event support services like local port-a-john providers, local externally certified SCA first-aid volunteers, local emergency services companies, perhaps even local event sites, etc? The Office might not only provide a list of providers, but could also provide additional information about those providers ? such as if they had been used successfully or unsuccessfully by the SCA in the past, if they provided competitive or uncompetitive rates, basic information about their certifications/licensing (where applicable), etc?
This new Deputy Office will thus be responsible for providing information about the types of services listed above so that they might be made available for events when wanted or needed, along with information about the broader range of services of use to event planning and implementation staff.
The Office will be created as a new Deputy Seneschal position and, like the Deputies of all offices (e.g., the Seneschallate, Marshallate, Office of the Exchequer, Arts & Sciences Office, Herald, etc?) will act to develop and coordinate these resources at a Kingdom-level.
Comments regarding the creation of this new office should be sent to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be sent by mail to:
Milpitas, CA 95036
This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.
2014 Winter Message
Unto the Populace of the East from Alayne, many fond wishes,
The darkest days of Winter have passed and though we face storm and cold we know that these shall pass and the Vernal times shall come!
As you will see, there are many Accessibility Hours to come in days ahead. What, you may ask, is an Accessibility Hour? This is a time of fellowship set aside at an event where there can happen a meeting of minds. How can the Society for Creative Anachronism meet the challenge of an aging membership, and foster feelings of inclusion for persons who are differently-abled? Whether you are hale and healthy or whether you are one of the challenged, everyone has a story. Accessibility Hours are a time and place to shae these stories.
Are you someone who runs events? Who, like me, finds yourself using a wonderful site which falls short in some area of accessibility? This Office has a mission to assist groups in making the best of whatever sites are available to them. Often, effective communication is the first step toward success.
We welcome all the denizens of Scadian lands to seek out aid from our office. My deputies and I are prepared to help you find out more, both at accessibility hours and via email.
Currently I am still looking for Northern and Western Region Deputies. If you have been seeking a way to help out, send me a note, and we can discuss ways in which you can get active.
My current Accessibility wish list is as follows:
--People who are interested in Silent Heraldry.
--Articles on how physically challenged individuals coped and thrived in our period of study. (Examples: Richard the III with his deformed spine, Götz of the Iron Hand, and even Odin was visually impaired!)
--Stories of successful retrofits of sites for better Accessibility written up to benefit others.
If you see me at events, come by and say hello, but be warned, I may try to get you do stuff!
Yours in service,
The Accessibility Office Eventing Schedule
The Responsibilities of the Accessibility Porter (from East Kingdom Law):
The Current Law on Page 12 of 16 of the .pdf East Kingdom Law http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/docs/EKLAW.pdf
Individual Duties of the Kingdom Officers
19. The Kingdom Accessibility Porter:
a. Encourages those groups and/or autocrats who consistently choose handicapped accessible sites, or
who try to make their sites more accessible.
b. Educates the populace of the East regarding the barriers that detract from the enjoyment of the
activities of the Kingdom by gentles with disabilities, or which prevent these gentles from attending
events at all.
c. Acts as a clearinghouse for information on disability access.
d. Acts as liaison between members of the populace with disabilities and autocrat staff of events, upon
e. Connects those who need special services with those who can provide them.
f. Devises new ways to make reasonable accommodations for gentles with disabilities.
g. Is responsible to the Kingdom Seneschal/e.
The Courtesy of AccessibilityCourtesy and Chivalry are the hallmarks of the Society for Creative Anachronism. One element of chivalry and courtesy is helping other SCAdians participate when physical limitations might otherwise impede them.
The job of the Office of the Accessibility Porter is to help and educate SCAdians in working around Accessibility and disability issues. The Accessibility Porter can help with questions such as:
Working together, we can assist each other to enjoy the SCA.
In fact, we already do it, when:
The Accessibility Porter's Office is here to provide resources to help those with issues and Seneschals, Autocrats and other SCAdians work together. Please contact me if you have questions! Just please place "AP" as well as the subject in the subject line so that I can get to your email quickly!
Mistress Alayne Alexandra Nyvern Nightwatcher, email@example.com
Last Updated on: February 18, 2014 [Anno Societatis XLVIII]
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