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  •  At OctopodiCon, (3+ / 0-)
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    second gen, peregrine kate, skohayes

    we rented scooters for our disabled guests for $60 a weekend.  If you offer them ad space in the program schedule, scooter rental agencies might cut you a deal like they did us.

    As for hearing issues - for those who can use hearing aids, most convention centers have permanent assisted listening system (ALS) installed, you just have to let them know you need them.  

    If not, portable ALS systems can be rented. The hearing impaired should be seated in the front rows so they can also use lip reading as an assist to hearing  - remember, the hearing impaired listen with their eyes.

    The microphone for the speakers should be below chin level so their lips can be seen.

    Speakers should be reminded to face the audience, not turn their back to it, so the hearing impaired can see what they are saying.

    Agree before hand and widely publicize a light code for the hearing impaired. LED flashlights can be your friend when trying to get the attention of someone hearing impaired - Itzl responds to LED flashlights that give 1 dot, a dot-dash-dot and 1 dot ("here" without the initial "h").  

    A laser pointer that repeats a code on a nearby wall or column also helps inform the hearing impaired. Itzl also alerts when he sees the red dot, not to chase because he won't chase it. For him, it's "someone wants to talk to you" and he alerts to me when he sees the dot.  It confuses him when the cats play with it.

    A few pre-agreed-on hand signals can also help with the hearing impaired - the signs for "Come Here" and to alert for time (meeting in 5), and to ask "Eat?" or "Join us?" would help.

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:57:41 PM PST

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    •  Some of the things (1+ / 0-)
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      that help the hearing impaired can help the hearing in loud or crowded situations - the LED flashlight signals, the laser attention getter, the hand signals...

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:33:36 PM PST

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    •  Noddy, do you have a checklist or other (0+ / 0-)

      document that records the accessibility arrangements that you all made for the Octipodicon? There are many standards out there, of course, but seeing another one recently implemented couldn't hurt.
      Please feel free to Kosmail me about this if it's something that can be passed along to us.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:29:12 PM PST

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