The AMC is for everyone!
At the Allied Media Conference “accessibility” is not a concept – it is an investment and an action. Over the years we’ve worked with collectives, individuals and organizations to continue to build the world we want to see at the AMC. Accessibility means the opportunity for every participant to be able to engage with the spaces, places and events of the weekend.
When you register for the AMC, please let us know if you have an accessibility need such as ASL interpretation, scent-free space, or wheelchair access. We will do our best to provide in each area. Please contact us in advance of the conference with specific questions about what we will be able to provide.
The AMC is not able to provide daily attendants for persons who need assistance throughout the conference. Participants who have such a need should plan to travel with an attendant if they need this type of support.
We know there are many more things to be done that will continue to build an even more accessible conference. If you have suggestions and ideas, share them with us. Look for an info desk at the conference for more info or to ask for support, or contact us with your questions.
Tips for Practicing Anti-Ableism
Above all else access is an attitudinal issue. We are all influenced by a society steeped deeply in prejudicial attitudes about people with disabilities. The inclusion of disability issues as a social justice concern requires time, exposure, and political will. What follows is a brief synopsis of points to consider and reflect upon as you continue in your work:
- Recognize that disabled people are inherently worthwhile.
- Listen to disabled people’s stories, experiences, and perspectives.
- Understand that having a disability does not make our lives any more inspirational, pitiful, or tragic than yours. Our disabilities are ordinary and familiar parts of who we are.
- Use the phrase "disabled people" or "people with disabilities."
- Understand that no single accommodation will work for all disabled people. One solution doesn’t fit all, but increased access does benefit everyone.
- Don't ask intrusive questions, however well-intentioned. Because of how disabled people are separated from society, many of us deal with daily curiosity about our bodies and lives. This can be irritating, exhausting, and demeaning.
- Ask before you offer help to a disabled person. What you assume is helpful may not be. Start with a friendly but non-intrusive question: "Can I provide assistance?” Be okay if the answer is no.
- Be aware. Disabled people are the experts about our own lives and what we need.
- Avoid using language that equates disabled peoples bodies/minds with brokenness i.e. "lame blind, dumb, stupid, have a fit, spazz out” etc, etc.
- Recognize that the words "cripple, defect, handicap, spastic, freak, retard, and crazy." to name but a few have long been used to bully and oppress disabled people.
- You may hear disabled people calling each other "crip" or "gimp." This is "insider" language, akin to "queer" and not appropriate for use by non-disabled people.
Childcare is provided for all children who attend the AMC. A parent or adult in care of a child can enroll any child, for the duration of the conference.
Childcare provides a plethora of fun, creative and educational activities as well as healthy snacks twice daily. All parents or guardians bringing children must complete an entrance form upon arrival at the AMC.
Childcare is in Student Center Hilberry F. Childcare is available only during the times listed below. Childcare will be closed during lunch times. Meals are not provided so you should plan to pick up your child for meal breaks.
- Thursday – 9:30am - 5:15pm
- Friday – 8:30am - 12:45pm; 2:00pm - 5:45pm
- Saturday – 8:30am -12:45pm; 2:00PM - 5:45pm
- Sunday – 9:30am - 11:30am; 1:15pm - 4:45pm
The Safety Team is on call daily through the AMC from 8:00AM - 2AM.
The AMC Safety Team is a team of about 20 people who help to centralize and create a climate of greater well being at AMC 2018 to support participants in having the best conference experience possible. We are on-call throughout the conference during the daytime and evening portions of the conference and at some night social events. Our particular focus of support includes emotional distress, access to gender neutral bathrooms in conference spaces at AMC, and support with conflicts that arise at some AMC nighttime sponsored events.
Throughout the AMC we will be stationed in the Safety Team room in the Student Center. You can also reach us directly by calling us at 646-389-5746.
AMC 2018 Participant Rights
As an AMC 2018 participant, you have access to support from the Safety Team on the following:
- Emotional Distress support (for example: immediate support for being triggered during/after sessions).
- Gender Neutral Bathrooms (If there is any problems accessing gender neutral bathrooms while in conference spaces at the AMC, let us know and we can work to address the issue and support you). It is important to us that everyone’s gender is affirmed at the AMC. We will not perpetuate the stifling and violent values of the larger world that does not affirm the genders of trans and GNC people.
- AMC @ Night events (for example: if delay, tension, or conflict arises with gender-related ID card information to enter an event).
- Serenity Services is a toll free crisis line for folks experiencing partner abuse: (877) 855-5948
- Common Ground offers free support for folks experiencing crisis: (800) 231-1127
And some good reading materials on how to support ourselves and each other when experiencing abuse or crisis: