Current Access Chart:
Please contact us with any questions, ideas, or requests regarding access or accommodations: firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-515-8912
What is an access chart?
An access chart is a tool to help increase accessibility by providing context-specific information in advance of events and experiences, as well as to invite accommodation requests. Organizers may use access charts to communicate with collaborators, colleagues, and/or the general public. Access charts are living documents that are updated as context changes. Ideally, access charts are easy to navigate, skim, and interact with in a piecemeal fashion.
Do I have to read the access chart?
Nope! This is for folks who would like a little more info about the production in advance (Is there an accessible gender-neutral restroom with frag-free soap? Is there childcare? Does the production involve stage combat? etc). We hope the practice of providing various types of info in chart form will serve performers, other collaborators, and audience members by helping to make productions more accessible and transparent.
How do I read an access chart?
Feel free to jump around in an access chart, reading only the items that are important to you at the time. Since accessibility does not neatly break down into sections and categories, if you don't find the info you are seeking in one section, you may find it by scrolling to another (or you are welcome to contact us to ask about anything!).
Developing access charts
Access charts are project specific and are living documents that change over time as context changes. We greatly appreciate any insights, suggestions, feedback, strategies, ideas, hacks, or sources you are willing to share as we continually learn more about how to increase accessibility in our practices.
For more info about the development, limitations, challenges, and history of access charts, please contact us.
If you are thinking about creating an access chart for the first time, we recommend hiring an access designer and attending events organized by Disability Justice activists.
If you use an access chart, we would love to hear about it! What project are you trying it on, what's working for you, what's not? Please tell us about it!
Sample access chart
Below is an earlier example of an access chart, which is full of limitations and may be difficult to navigate! However, it also includes a lot of different information that may be interesting or useful to think about.
We've tried a number of different ways to organize and communicate information. In this example, the chart is a spreadsheet, there are six sections, and within each section the topics are listed alphabetically. A more recent chart, with only the audience-centered information, was a webpage with drop-downs, had only four sections, and the order was based on topic flow. There are many other ways to communicate access info, as well! For instance, we find images are helpful on our "Access Short-List" document.
For this sample, please scroll inside the chart to see more topics.