One of the barriers to creative production that disabled people come up against is attitudinal barriers: prejudice, ignorance, and misrepresentation. This type of barrier can come up not only in the outputs of publishing, but also in the process itself through how we relate and communicate with each other. Making assumptions as to people’s pronouns, capabilities, availability and preferred modes of communication (such as email, phone, document format, text size and font, background colours and so on) is exclusionary and can lead to violent repercussions. Practising asking these types of questions shows care for both each other and the work you have come together to do.

  • How do you know what you think you know about the needs and abilities of those you are working with and communicating to? 
  • What tools or points of checking-in can be implemented into your process to allow for caring communication and changes in people’s needs? 
  • What can you do to make sure you are coming together as whole people, to develop a culture of care in your collaboration? 
Access Docs for Artists by Leah Clements, Alice Hattrick and Lizzy Rose
Communication Barriers, Communication Disabilities Access Canada
Working with Neurodivergent Artists by NEUK Collective