Access
Questions

for
Self-Publishing

Events

From zine launches to authors in conversation, publishing fairs to online workshops, events are often a part of all scales of publishing. They provide an opportunity for a readership, writer-ship, fandom or community to come together to celebrate something that is usually encountered individually. 

Events bring up a lot of questions around physical access, digital access, programmatic access and social access. Online events can make it easier to provide provisions like captioning and transcripts, whilst reducing physical access barriers. In person events can make it easier for people to connect in a less pressured way, and make personal connections. Hybrid events can involve the best of both, but they can also be overwhelming and poorly managed. 

  • What is the priority of the event? 
  • What are the access requirements of your collaborators and audience members, and what can you realistically provide them? 
  • Who is responsible for ensuring agreed support is in place?
Links:
ACCESS SUGGESTIONS FOR A PUBLIC EVENT by Sins Invalid
Making Events Accessible by Shape Arts
Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice by Carolyn Lazard