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  • Having a primary tab about accessibility and accommodations
  • Having access to a primary tab about how to make your exhibition accessible.
  • How do we get people to use the platform who are not already in Disability community - Teachers who want to learn vs. disability art researchers who need rigor. 
  • Mobilization through social media - will audience bring people to BiT Platform?
  • How frequently will it be updated? Who will do that work? How alive will it be versus static?
  • Would be a job posting section? CFPs, events, news?
  • Guidelines for how to book interpreters
  • A visual dictionary
  • One of the participants envisioned an entire physical building as the knowledge platform - Many aspects of this physical platform can be transferred to a digital space: 
    • There is a reception and someone who can speak different languages and ASL can direct you to the right place. There is also a general lobby or meeting place there. 
    • In the rest of the building there are classrooms, newsroom that is updated every few hours with news, new tools and solve issues. A training room/workshops; A room dedicated to accessibility, accommodations ASL/LSQing tools, tech and audio descriptions, CC/VRI and VRS; Online educational resources BiT; Events Room; Artist Interviews; Archive; Artist Database. 
    • There will also be VIP Offices
    • Studio/Media/Alive/Special Events/Rehearsals+Actions
    • Communications
    • Employees own offices or departments like “Underwriters” 
    • Telepreters will be available in every room
    • This whole building and its different spaces are “Beyond sound” 
    • With resources available through this building, small businesses can become bigger companies and have access to accounts, fundraising, banks
    • Results+sound effective sites, icons, animations, cartoons, arts of language
    • Jobs/ EAE - from 700-7000 employees, trainees, open doors 

KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM SITE MAP: 

  • Should there be a section, or an option for role indication, that says something like, “I’m an artist” or “I’m an educator,” etc. that might help narrow what people are looking for from the site?
  • Should educational content indicate what level of schooling it’s for (elementary, high school, undergrad, graduate studies)?
  • Isn’t all content curated content? It’s not really clear what that tab is for, or what makes it more curated than anything else
  • If you’re going to create content as a user, you need to have a login/profile
  • Should there be a section explaining BIT? What is this project, why am I here?
  • Couldn’t everything be used as educational content? [Kayla’s note: yes I agree, but I also understand that the ‘education’ section will likely include the modules that I’m helping to conceptualize]
  • Where is BIT in all of this? 
  • Are funding resources for artists provincial; would artists have to be Canadian to access them? 
  • One participant shows us eugenicsarchive.ca, which has some incredible collaborative resources and interactive tools, that may serve as one model to consider
  • Another participant asks if this site will feature digital storytelling in any way, or BIT partners, or interviews?
  • A great idea: where are you in the world? What if you could click on a map to find disability arts communities and/or accessible arts spaces near you (Google Maps plugin?)
  • What about a GLOSSARY, or a wiki, that would help to articulate a disability vocabulary? Could it be community-created like Urban Dictionary, or would that get too messy?

Some additional questions:

  • How will citations work? 
  • How could this site be used creatively for knowledge mobilization? How could it be linked to artists and writers’ social media, for example?
  • *** How do we get people who aren’t in the disability studies world to use the site? ***
  • How frequently will it be updated/moderated, and who would be in charge of that?
  • Could artists have input on who uses their materials, and for what purpose? [Kayla’s note: I’m thinking of how many ReVision digital stories are password protected, but the passwords are made available to people who read the associated articles]
  • *** A big potential issue: If you spell a word wrong in a search bar, you may be told there are ‘no results’! How do we grapple with this? Worth another conversation, for sure ***

From one of the participants: Will artists we feature ever get paid for their work being on this site? Like a guest speaker fee, or the possibility of linking to a cashapp if people wanted to leave a “tip” if they use someone’s work in a lecture, for example. We don’t just want to say “The exposure is great!” but also, some may say it looks capitalist, and it could be very challenging to manage this.


Activity 1 - Remapping the platform

Have a site map for ASL users - a ASL video of how to use the Platform. Screen shots that show how to access the system. Be clear, be simple. 

  • ASL interpretations of textual and visual material are necessary
  • Captioned videos are good but distracting for some Deaf users. 
  • Visual content works really well for Deaf users. Visual access is key. 
  • Too much textual content is overwhelming. Many Deaf users skip over dense text and look to visual content. Emotion is missing from text. “Pictures take me somewhere.”

Make accessibility and accommodations on the site easy to find and to navigate -- add an accessibility tab to the platform 

Have language options for the whole site. For example: English, French, ASL options. 

Have site navigation options organized by type of user. e.g. for the classroom, for the theatre, for designers, for activists, etc. 

Include educational and practical tools for accessibility and accommodations

  • Accessibility guide for how to make spaces and events accessible and info on where to find resources and service providers

Websites, Platforms and Toolkits to look at for good examples of Deaf user access:

Activity 2 - Scenario creation: Group User Story --how might we use the platform

[In our group, this activity generated more conversation about how to remap and design the platform]

  • Visual/conceptual approaches work well
  • Include a database of artists, venues, curators, jobs, images of artistic work… Have people included in the database self-identify. Have this database searchable by work type, by name, by identifications (for example if I searched for Deaf, actor,  queer, Shakespeare, I might find Thurga Kanagasekarampillai ). Have photographs and bios of people in the database because being able to visually id a person is helpful. This would be like a visual dictionary of people. 
  • Have a search bar option in the database, archive and on the website.
    • People currently use: Deaf Night Out (DNO) page on FB, Deaf Spectrum on IG. 
    • The search bar should suggest search term options as you type because many ASL speakers use English as a second or third language speakers and spelling can be a real barrier to searching textually. 
    • Tags are really helpful for searching
    • Include a history of Deaf culture on the site as well as a history of disability activism on the site. 
    • Include an events listings section/ a LIVE section - what’s going on.

Some of key takeaways from the closing recap with all 4 groups:

  • Content should include political understandings
  • Info on how to get funding
  • Jobs
  • Access to info on services and practices
  • Language options: English, French, ASL, LSQ
  • Database of artists with bios, images, keywords, tags. Visual categories
  • Community building
  • Forums for artists that include opportunities, skill sharing
  • Tools and info on how to make artistic spaces accessible
  • Disability arts history
  • Non normative arts history
  • The platform should be a way to get information to create other knowledge
  • Collaboratory component is great
  • A space to co-create a wiki glossary would be amazing
  • Interest in how educators are sharing info from the platform 
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