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

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The Accessibility Office Eventing Schedule 

October 18, 2014

 There will be an Accessibility hour held at the Winter Nights - Baronial Bardic Championship. For more information about the Winter Nights - Baronial Bardic Championship please visit the event listing on the  East Kingdoms Event Celendar page.

October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014

 There will be an Accessibility hour held at the Another Day In Florence. For more information about the Another Day in Florence please visit the event listing on the  East Kingdoms Event Celendar page.

November 8, 2014

 There will be an Accessibility hour held at the Bjorn's Ceildh And Baronial Investiture. For more information about the Bjorn's Ceildh And Baronial Investiture please visit the event listing on the  East Kingdoms Event Celendar page.

December 13, 2014

 There will be an Accessibility hour held at the 7th Annual Yule Feast. For more information about the 7th Annual Yule Feast please visit the event listing on the  East Kingdoms Event Celendar page.


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,
Alayne


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. 


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
request.
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, accessibility@eastkingdom.org

Last Updated on: October 10, 2014 [Anno Societatis XLVIII]

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