FOR A NEW ACCESSIBILITY panel discussion

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555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, BC

In conjunction with ‘For a New Accessibility’ (November 20-22, 2015) a convergence of artists and activists meeting around the theme of organizing for accessibility and mutual aid produced in partnership with Gallery Gachet and artist Carmen Papalia.

Amanda Cachia, Carmen Papalia, Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Margaret Dragu: moderated by Cecily Nicholson.

The social condition of disability—in which a group or individual is disempowered by the systems that they are in relation to—is an epidemic that effectively marginalizes entire communities with diverse and complex needs. Locally, this oppression plays out in schools, hospitals, cultural institutions, policing, and through various arms of government, making the effort to claim agency a strategic, high-stakes intervention.

The panel will consider a series of propositions as we think/move towards a new accessibility:
-How do we collectively change a/this system of oppression?
-How can we provoke institutional entities to evolve?
-How does our negotiation of access alter our environment?
-What are the tenets of an open model for access?