The East Kingdom Accessibility Porter's Chariot pulled by Sleipnir, Odin's Eight legged steed. White upon a red backdrop.

Office of the Accessibility Porter

Event Steward Checklist
Website Accessibility
Silent Heraldry

The Accessibility Office Eventing Schedule

 The Office of the Accessibility Porter will be hosting a disability hour at River Wars on Saturday, September 26, 2015. River Wars is hosted by the Barony of Iron Bog in Williamstown, New Jersey. For more information regarding the event, please visit the East Kingdom Event Calendar.

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,

2015 Spring Message

Unto the Seneschal/es, Event Stewards and Populace of the Laurel Kingdom of the East, from your servant Alayne, Accessibility Porter, greetings and warm wishes for good health!
Good Gentles,

You will see a small but vital change to the online event listing form.  It will now be including a box which will ask  “Check this box if the site is accessible per the Kingdom Accessibility Porter's checklist.”

Be not afraid!  This is not a dire question, nor should it bring fear into the hearts of those who labor long to find event sites.  This is a simple step in a thought process.  It asks, “if someone contacts you about any of the many accessibility issues which many of your fellow SCAdians deal with on a daily basis, will you have an answer?”     

This box indicates that you are prepared to respond to an inquiry as to whether or not someone will be safe and comfortable in dealing with a disability at your event.  Sometimes, sadly, that answer will be “no.”  Other times, it will be “yes.”  This box prevents your reply from being, “huh?”  

Accessibility issues, and the office of the Porter are not a barricade to utilizing event sites, but rather a spring board for dialogue between event staff and event attendees.  It will help the special needs community make their best choices as to which events they attend, just as we all have always made our best informed choices as to which events we attend.

The day of the event is the busiest time for both Event Steward and Hosting Group; the dialogue regarding site Accessibility should be completed before this time.   The new box will help to prevent back up at the Gate from an attendee asking a question which would have best been asked prior to arrival, of a volunteer who might have no concept of how to answer.  It will save time and in many cases temper.

The Office of the Accessibility Porter (or more simply: Porter) is ready to assist in the ongoing needs of both event personnel and the general populace, as well as our specific demographic in creating a culture of inclusion.

Should you have questions, my Deputies and I are here to assist you.

In service,

The Responsibilities of the Accessibility Porter (from East Kingdom Law):

The Current Law on Page 12 of 16 of the .pdf East Kingdom Law

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 Accessibility

Courtesy 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:
  • How can we make our events more accessible generally?
  • How can we help someone with accessibility issues attend and enjoy our events?
  • Is this event site accessible?
  • I have accessibility issues, how can I request assistance with attending events?
  • Where can I find resources on accessibility issues, especially as they affect the SCA?
Accessibility issues include:
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Mobility (walking, wheelchairs, steps, etc.)
  • Medical issues
  • Allergies
  • Assistance Animals
  • Other
Accessibility issues can be temporary or permanent. (If you can't climb stairs because of a bad knee or a sprain, it's still an accessibility issue!)

Working together, we can assist each other to enjoy the SCA.

In fact, we already do it, when:
  • Someone with visual problems recieves their AoA Scroll in Braille
  • Court includes a sign language interpreting herald
  • The King tells someone with bad knees not to kneel
  • Autocrats order handicapped portajohns for people with mobility issues (and those wearing hoop skirts)
  • Someone with an assistance dog attends an event
  • The cook posts his/her recipes for the benefit of those with allergies
  • Friends and chirurgeons are aware of a diabetic's needs.
  • People carry or help a friend with walking problems up or down stairs
  • Camping events offer an electrical outlet for charging CPAP batteries

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,

Last Updated on: September 12, 2015 [Anno Societatis XLIX]

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