Sam says it well – if your event is not accessible for all, who is it for? If you are an event planner and you aren’t willing to make reasonable accommodations, please change the way you plan.
Since going viral last October, the invitations to speak at conferences and other events have slowly but surely started trickling in.
At first, it was thrilling. I’ve always wanted to travel and talk about my experiences, because I still believe that face-to-face interaction does something that my words on the screen simply can’t. I wanted people to put a human face to the very important issues that I’ve been talking about.
I wanted people to realize that trans people exist, trans people with bipolar no less, and that I am not only surviving, but thriving in a world that often limits us.
But just as quickly as the invitations came in, they were being revoked. Not because I wasn’t capable of speaking, or that the engagement was cancelled – time after time, the conference and workshop invitations were being withdrawn because I had asked for disability accommodations.
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