Creating a more accessible summit (Accessibility)
Please help us to diminish access barriers at the summit and continue to work and build with us so that the summit is more accessible to more people each year.
We recognize the disability justice movement’s rich history with sexual violence prevention. Part of what makes the conference such a joyful space is the huge range of people, experiences, and abilities that are present.
One affirming cultural practice is to be accepting of the many ways people communicate, think, and move, and the differing ways we all experience emotion, health, and sensory input. Please make an effort to hold that perspective with you during the conference weekend. To learn more, check out these articles discussing disability etiquette, and this discussion of ableist language.
Please help us maintain clear walkways in all conference spaces and avoid sitting on the floor near exits.
Workshop monitors may close the doors of a session once it at capacity for safety and access reasons. Please respect our community safety and accessibility needs by not entering a session once it is full. Workshops that are at capacity will have a sign on the door that reads “FULL”.
Please be scent/fragrance-free to the extent that you are able to, so that beloved community members with chemical sensitivities can attend the summit. We know that scented products, including essential oils, perfumes, and hair products, can be an important part of one’s identity, and we don’t require you to refrain from using those products. However, we ask all participants who will be in shared summit spaces over the weekend to recognize how using certain products can create access barriers for others wishing to use the same spaces.
Because flashing lights can trigger seizures or other symptoms, we ask that you avoid wearing or carrying decorative flashing lights and avoid flash photography. If you must use a flash, please check with people around you first. Please do not flash overhead lights on and off in any summit spaces.
Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas on campus and at least 50 feet away from all buildings. If you smoke, please wash your hands afterward to reduce residue and remove your coats/jackets/outerwear once inside.
Creating summit community
Our summit is a space for learning, collaboration, growth, and supporting one another as we work to create change. We invite you to be part of a culture of respect that acknowledges and honors the differences we bring in terms of our identities and our politics, without marginalizing or tokenizing each other. We can all do this by speaking from our own experiences and being respectful of differences. Our differences can be points of strength and the many diverse identities and perspectives we hold make for a stronger and more vibrant reproductive justice movement.
All of us—conference organizers, speakers, and participants—bring our varied identities to the conference. It’s On Us tries to provide the accountable and accessible spaces necessary for everyone to be able to participate in conference events. We ask that all participants help us create these accountable spaces by upholding both It’s On Us’s guidelines and Ohio University’s Community Standards. For It’s On Us, creating accountable spaces where we can learn and collaborate includes the following:
- Striving to engage in open and constructive dialogue with each other
- Using “I” statements and speaking from your own experience
- Expressing curiosity about and being open to a viewpoint that is different than yours
- Asking genuine questions for understanding
If you are concerned about a violation of community norms or you feel uncomfortable with another participant’s actions, please notify It’s On Us staff (who are wearing staff t-shirts and name badges) with your concerns. Less urgent comments can be shared with us via summit evaluation forms. We are invested in making sure that participants feel respected and welcome in our space at all times, and we welcome your feedback on your summit experience.
If members of the summit community feel that participants are not upholding these community norms, those participants may be asked to leave the conference.
If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected].
DISCLAIMER: Content from this section on Creating Summit Community was inspired by Hampshire College’s Civic Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) annual conference website and adapted with permission of CLPP.
HOUSING AND TRAVEL
All summit registrants will have the option of single or double occupancy housing in one of three adjacent residence halls on campus. Linen service will be included for each participants (fitted sheet, cover sheet, blanket, pillow, pillow case, and towel). Attendees are responsible for bringing their own toiletries. Residences halls are not equipped with irons or coathangers. All rooms include air-conditioning, a microwave, a mini fridge, and all residence halls are equipped with a formal lobby and laundry facilities. Laundry detergent is not sold on campus.
Directions to Ohio University
For directions, please visit the Ohio University website.
Columbus International Airport (CMH), which serves the Columbus/Athens area and is approximately one hour and twenty minutes from OHIO. There are shuttle services to and from all area airports.
It’s On Us will be chartering three 55 passenger buses to leave the Columbus International Airport and head to Ohio University at three different times on Friday, August 2 and from Ohio University to the Columbus International Airport at three different times on Monday, August 5. Please indicate in your registration form if you plan to utilize this pre-arranged transportation.
The GoBus intercity bus service is a collaborative effort between the Ohio Department of Transportation, the City of Athens, and the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action. The GoBus is a public bus service that runs twice daily, serving Athens, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Marietta, Parkersburg, Van Wert, Wooster, and communities in between. The GoBus operates seven days a week, year-round, and the price is $10 each way from the the airport to Ohio University. Book your tickets here.
Parking On Campus
Parking is available on campus for conference attendees. There will be an officer directing traffic. Please indicate in your registration form if you will need parking on campus.