by Raycho

 

There are a lot of things I love about the Transcending Boundaries conference, but my favorite is that I never have to leave anything about myself at the door. I can spend the weekend celebrating and feeling comfortable with myself as a whole person without having to worry about there being some aspect of me that doesn’t belong. It’s a life-changing feeling in a world that often insists on boxes and dichotomies, and I want others to be able to experience it too. That’s what drives my work as the Access Coordinator for Transcending Boundaries 2014. 

 

The conference staff and I want to do everything in our power to ensure that everyone is welcome at the conference. We’ve toured the hotel - not just the programming areas but the common areas and guest rooms as well - to ensure that everyone can use the space as independently and easily as possible. Printed materials will be made available in alternate formats and programming and performance spaces will have reserved seating for people who need to sit up front in order to be able to participate fully, as well as for people using wheelchairs or scooters. A quiet room will be available for those who need to take a break from the excitement and stimulation of the conference. We’ll have water, cups and straws located throughout the hotel. But I know we haven’t thought of everything! That’s where you come in.

In the world outside of Transcending Boundaries, we’re often discouraged from asking for what we need, and that can make it hard to ask when our needs arise. Transcending Boundaries is a space where we can feel safe talking about who we are and what we need. Please feel free to be proactive about letting me or the rest of the staff know what accessibility needs you have, so we can meet them to the best of our ability. The sooner you tell us, the more likely it is we’ll be able to do things smoothly and efficiently. And once the conference begins, I’d like to know if something is working well for you or not working as well as you’d like. To discuss access and related issues and request specific accommodations, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible so we can work on things together. And please tell your friends about Transcending Boundaries and encourage them to register for this amazing event that brings people together and values us for who we really are - not who we would be if we’d just leave the stuff that makes people uncomfortable at the door.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you at Transcending Boundaries 2014!