Mapping Access Documentary Trailer
Edited by Kevin Gotkin. Earlier version by Heather Rippetoe. Transcript available in the caption below
[Aesthetic description: Note that in addition to the text below, the video shows images of groups of people gathered in particular spaces: a classroom with tables and a projector screen, in hallways and other rooms measuring the space, and walking out of buildings. The video is captioned and includes much of the text below on text slides. The audio track, in addition to spoken language, has a digital and poppy aesthetic]
George C. Hill: "Every word, every action, every priority is a choice. Whether intentional or not, these choices have impact. To be truly excellent in the realm of inclusion and equity, we must think and act with intention. Assess the space you enter. For whom was this space created?" -Quoting Liv Parks, LGBTQI Program Coordinator, Vanderbilt University.
Aimi Hamraie: That accessibility map by design is created through participatory research. And what that means is that people who are students, faculty, or staff at Vanderbilt are actually involved in the process of determining what counts as accessibility, who gets to have access to this place.
Aimi Hamraie: what we’re trying to foster here is a sense of what Disability Justice activists call “collective access.” That’s the idea that we are collectively responsible for creating access for one another and that’s a way of relating and being in community.
Aimi Hamraie: they’ll hang out with a speaker for a little bit and then on the half hour they’ll go out and do what folks were just doing. We have these little kits for them. There’s a survey inside that’s based on the ADAAG ADA Accessibility guidelines and participatory research we did with different groups on campus.
Student: That’s not really [inaudible]. I don’t think that counts.
Melanie Adley: How do our students even enter buildings? How can they be in a building and feel welcome and comfortable. And all these things they seem separate from learning and pedagogy but actually they participate and make students feel aware and present and invested in a classroom if the campus itself is welcoming them.