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September 2019: Our Tip of Tips

This month, we reflect on all the Tips we’ve shared so far and offer some suggested collections to explore our most common questions.

[This spotted bobcat sitting on a giant stump is surrounded by reddish-orange leaves. They stare thoughtfully into the distance, reflecting on Access Tips past. Lovethesepics.com.]

A Time for Reflection

Fall brings cooler days and cozier nights. And rain, lots of rain. Let’s settle in with our favorite soft blanket and mug of tea to reflect on how far we’ve come in our explorations of accessibility.

Today, we’ll offer ideas from past Tips that respond to some of our most common disability and accessibility questions.

 This Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Tip can be explored in any way you like: Go in order, if order suits you; check out questions and topics that intrigue you the most; or even hunt for the cutest baby animal photos (Based on email responses, Downloading Digital Access and Animals, Animals Everywhere are both highly recommended). It’s up to you!

When we see this black and brown kitten with its white snout and paws sticking out of a snuggly snow boot, we know what cozy really looks like. Let’s get this cozy as we read this tip. Image from Brightside.me 

[When we see this black and brown kitten with its white snout and paws sticking out of a snuggly snow boot, we know what cozy really looks like. Let’s get this cozy as we read this tip. Brightside.me]

Creating Accessible Places and Spaces

We’ve been wondering…

1.      How can I create spaces that welcome people with disabilities?
2.      Can you give me some tips for hosting an accessible meeting or event?
3.      How can I create more accessible communications and content?

Begin with Access

 Access in the Office

Accommodation Requests

Thinking Outside the Box towards Greater Well Being

 Be free – Fragrance Free

What is a Screen Reader?

Image Descriptions

 Downloading Digital Access

 Adventures in Audio Description

 Plain Language

Interpreters

Like the Mic

Accessible Parking

Accessible Restrooms

Did you catch…why every meeting should include a microphone, even when you’ve “got a loud voice?”

Disability Community and Culture

Let’s ponder together…

1.      What’s the “right” thing to say when I’m talking about disability?
2.      How can I be respectful towards people with disabilities?
3.      What does “disability” even mean? (And isn’t it a negative word?)
4.      What are some ways for disabled Portlanders to come together and have fun? 

Ways of Thinking About Disability

Is this a good resource?

Demystifying Disability Language

Accessible Travel in Portland and Beyond

Accessible Recreation

Voice Control Technology

What did you think about… the principles of Disability Justice?

 These three tan bunnies are cuddling on this branch, surrounded by yellow, green, and brown leaves, pondering how to implement Disability Justice principles in their lives:Their first step involves carrots.

[These three tan bunnies are cuddling on this branch, surrounded by yellow, green, and brown leaves, pondering how to implement Disability Justice principles in their lives:Their first step involves carrots. Brightside.me]

The Law Corner

Who is curious…?

1.      What are the rules about accessibility?
2.      What can we do if someone isn’t following the rules?
3.      How can I make my workplace more accessible to me and my colleagues?

Disability Rights Laws (Part 1): The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Disability Rights Laws (Part 2): What to do

Disability Rights Laws (Part 3): More Laws!

Animals, Animals Everywhere

Employment Accommodations

Have you everadvocated for access? How did you feel?

Checklists, Guidance, and Skills for Hire

Who wants things to print and stick on our wall?!

Celebrate Access Checklist (checklist)

Many Pathways: Considerations for Accessible Digital Content (checklist)

Check Yourself! Your starter kit to more accessible content (checklist)

City of Portland Vendors: Accessibility & ADA Accommodation Services (resource list)

Disability Language Guide: For City of Portland official public communications (guidance)

Which resource is most relevantin your work life? In your personal life?

Sipping from a Fire Hose

Sometimes, compilations like this can feel overwhelming. To sidestep a feeling of too-many-resources-and-not-enough-TIME, let’s use these resources like an encyclopedia--remember encyclopedias, everyone? Or perhaps the tech-lovers among us can think of it as a targeted Google search.

We can also make time to review little bits of resources so we’re fresh on what’s available to us. We can take sips and small bites of resources like they’re the hottest tapas on offer. And then when we need something, we will know exactly where to find it!

This tiny kitten lays splayed on a multicolored rug, front paws holding open a book. Their gray-blue eyes know exactly where to find all the adventures within.

[This tiny kitten lays splayed on a multicolored rug, front paws holding open a book. Their gray-blue eyes know exactly where to find all the adventures within. AmReading.com]

And besides, aren’t Choose-Your-Own-Adventures just a bit more fun when we know we can pick a good ending? Happy Adventuring!