Adding this to the list of things I can’t access:
The topic of inclusion is a concept that has many faces, many interpretations and although controversial, may in some instances be an intended disguise for exclusion.
This symposium approaches the notion of inclusion, in relation to the participation of people with disability from a variety of perspectives. This symposium is designed to engage you in rigorous debate, confront our notions of inclusion and lead to initiating change in the disability sector.
We welcome your participation and extend an invitation to you to what will be a lively and thought provoking experience.
I wrote to the organisers asking about tele-access and explaining my reason, and I got a shoulder-shrug and an “Our budget doesn’t stretch to that” in return. Not so much as a “sorry”. Exactly the same as I got last time I asked the University of Western Australia Institute of Advanced Studies about this issue.
The one-hour public lecture will apparently be online at some point.
This says to me that people with disabilities are part of the passive, silent, listening “public”, but they’re not welcome as part of discussing possible solutions to accessibility issues, if involving them costs actual money or time or energy or creative thought.
The flyer lovingly details the qualifications of all of the speakers, but gives no indication of whether any of them have disabilities themselves – as though that is of no importance or significance. It all gives the impression of being a bunch of “experts” talking about people with disabilities.
This is fucked up. And in a symposium that is claiming to be about rigorously confronting difficult issues of access and inclusion, it is multiply fucked up.
[more conversation on the issue is happening here.]