As part of her work as a VISTA with Access Living, Tierra Finley developed a checklist to help event and meeting organizers ensure that their gathering is accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.
Where did the idea of the accessibility chart come from?
The accessibility chart stems from a larger project that I developed called the Leadership skills, Accessibility (physical and emotional), Team building, and Restorative justice (LATR) model. The LATR model focuses on bringing leadership skills, physical and emotional accessibility, team building and restorative justice into organizing spaces such as actions and meetings. The purpose of the LATR Model is to foster a safe environment for leaders to empower and support one another in order to build capacity. It serves to strengthen the Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing (DRACH) through community building.
What is the goal of the chart?
The Accessibility piece of the LATR model’s overall goal is to make meeting spaces more inviting and welcoming. This goal and vision of inclusiveness is being honored through the accessibility checklist.
How did you create it?
I compiled this list through researching the Americans with Disabilities Act’s standard regulations, as well as speaking with DRACH leaders on how to better meet their accessibility needs.