All Creatures of the universe are welcome at Chaos Communication Camp. But how to camp with disabilities?
We have made plans, and a lot will be possible. But keep in mind: this is a best effort by volunteers.
Okay, what to expect for accessibility?
- The Grounds:
- Mildenberg Brickwork Park has info on accessibility. (external link)
- There will be noise. You should be able to avoid it better this time.
- There will be gravel paths, guideposts and a map. Tripping hazards or stairs will be few.
- Loud announcements and flashing lights will alarm you in case of emergencies.
- Service Teams:
- c3IOC can answer questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CERT will offer general medical aid. Reach out for special needs.
- c3auti will offer quiet social spaces, mutual support and communication aids.
- Awareness team will aid against discrimination.
- Talks will have content notes. Spots for wheelchair users or visually impaired are prepared. There will be some audio induction loops
- We’d be very happy about volunteer sign language interpreters (as we have none)
- What are further barriers?
- There will be no tactile or visual guide system.
- There will be almost no “easy read” info.
- Many paths are uneven.
- There will be noisy places (audio and lights)
- This is a chaos event. There will be miscommunication, so don’t hesitate to ask.
Tickets and Assistants
If you need an assistant, they can get into the venue for free. Just bring them and your ticket to the entrance. Bringing an ID that shows you need assistance will help. In any case, we will find a solution.
If there are multiple assistants on shifts, please give a heads-up to email@example.com
Also reach out if the ticket shop is not accessible to you.
This is an outdoor event, and the quality of paths will vary. Everything you’ll need is at least accessible by gravel paths. Some short paths may cut trough grass. Tripping hazards (such as the museum train tracks) will be eliminated if possible or at least marked. Tents should not have stairs, and cable crossings will have ramps. Some of this will rely on villages cooperating. Paths and toilets will be lit at night.
Reach out if you encounter barriers, or help us fix them. CERT (and others) will be grateful.
Some but not all toilets will have stairs. The Museum also has proper indoor rest rooms, with nappy-changing tables, emergency pullstrings etc.
There are going to be blinking lights and noise. Camp is both a hackcenter and a festival. It’s going to be quite the fuzz.
However, you will be able to chill out:
- Lounge will offer a diverse mix of music, for many tastes and sensory processing preferences.
- Loud spaces have been grouped. To help create quiet spaces
- You can sleep in a silent camping area, a bit off site.
- There will be quiet social areas.
But there will be noise, and we want to party. Just be mindful and bring hearing protection.
In Case of Emergencies
There will be loud announcements and flashing lights if CERT needs to respond to a catastrophy. Members of c3auti and awareness will help you at emergency assembly points. We will wear pink high-vis vests.
Talks and workshops will be held in multiple locations. At least two will have audio induction loops. We’d be very happy about sign language interpreters. We don’t have any volunteers yet. If you can translate into sign and want to help, reach out! Feel encouraged to ask around in your community.
Speakers have been asked to provide content notes. These help inform you when talks deal with heavy topics or phobias. Guidance on accessibility and talks is provided by c3IOC.
There will be seating for wheelchair users and visually impaired.
These Teams will be taking care of accessibility on the event:
- CERT, our emergency rescue
- Will help in most medical matters.
- Ask if you have special medical needs. (power for respirators, refrigerated medication; you will know best)
- offers quiet socialising.
- organises mutual aid for Autis.
- makes communication aids, not just for Autism.
- will support you if you experience discrimination
- can help in conflicts
- will help spread awareness when people need it
c3IOC can help answer questions on inclusion and accessibility. In preparation for the event, for OCs, villages and disabled. Will be in the background on site. But ask the infodesk.
In Conclusion …
Camping is outdoors. Camping is Chaos. We know accessibility will be limited. We hope this guide will help you.
Reach out when you need assistance. Or when you need to know how to build a ramp.
We are also happy to hear about projects that improve accessibility.