Buying Hamilton tickets when you are disabled, but not a wheelchair user
As all Hamilton fans, I was very excited on Monday to be attempting to get tickets for a show, as I had signed up for the presale back in October. In this post, I would like to both discuss what the process of purchasing tickets was like as a disabled person who is entitled to a carer ticket but is not a wheelchair user, so that it may help other people (click here to skip to the end of my explanations to know how to actually order a ticket) but also make potentially useful suggestions to improve this process, which was, in six words: a bit pants and quite hard.
*Note about my situation: I have an Access Card. In order to get the card, I had to send proof of my disability, and particular needs were identified via this evidence - including the need for a carer ticket. The card is not compulsory to get adjustments from venues, but it makes things easier when a particular venue accepts it, as they can take your card number and see that you are indeed entitled to what you are asking for.*
Making conferences more accessible
Now that I have attended several conferences, I feel that I want to share some information I've been thinking about as to how to make conferences/events more accessible to academics who are neurodivergent. I imagine some of my ideas will be useful to others as well, and I think overall any conference/event could benefit from them. I will also add here and there some things I've thought of in terms of general accessibility but this is not my main focus here and there's people much more qualified than me talking about this already.
My friend Naomi Jacobs for example is writing about neuroqueering academia and will touch upon accessibility in several ways.
Subtitles, transcripts... should we bother?
The shortest answer possible is: yes!
Now we’re going to talk about why it’s important, what you can do to help as a content creator, and what you can do to help as someone who doesn’t create content.
Do you want to spread your content?
The idea is simple: if your content has subtitles, more people can view it, like it, share it… You name it!
Note: I’m talking about video/watching but this is valid for podcasts/listening as well as any other content that is relevant for this. I’m talking about subtitles but it also works with transcripts.
I don’t really buy into the whole “and see, it’s not even just for Deaf and hard of hearing people, it also benefits hearing people” because it can easily sound like it needs to benefit hearing people to be worth it.