Making Heathen Events Accessible

All aspects of inclusivity are equivalent

Heathens with disabilities naturally would like to participate in in-person events. Just like any other heathen. All aspects of inclusivity are equivalent and in our flyer we provide easy to use recommendations, that will help you making any event more accessible, like

  • Physical accessibility
  • Clear communication
  • Breaks & rest
  • Food & drinks
  • Clear info about accessibility

There are some basics, like an accessible venue and breaks and rest. At the same time, individual requirements can be considered when it comes to food and drink, and offering a guide and/or contact person. As an organisation always inform people who give workshops or lead rituals to make what they offer to be accessible, or be clear if it is not.

Please remember:

  • Don’t make assumptions: talk with people about what they might need.
  • It is important to be clear about what you can do, and also what you can’t do.
  • At events, people in charge ought to be aware of possible access needs.
  • Do you use a booking form for your event? Then question(s) about access needs should be included.

In the following episodes, we talk about what organisers can do to make events more accessible:
– Episode 12: Three ways to include Hodur
– Episode 3: Accessibility

Would you like to know more about making heathen events accessible? Please contact us with your questions!

Accessibility Recommendations

[Download the flyer]

Heathens with disabilities naturally want to participate in in-person events. Just like any other heathen.

The heathen community could easily take steps to welcome this group of people as well. People with disabilities have a lot to offer their heathen community, given the chance! Think of the life experience, inventiveness and creativity that people with disabilities develop. Just like the unique talents that every person (with or without a disability) has anyway.

Making an event accessible is much easier and cheaper than people often think. It is mainly a matter of will. An accessible event is much more pleasant for all participants!

1. Physical accessibility

When thinking of “accessibility” people often think of wheelchair users. That is a good first step, but there are other considerations too.

  • Choose a location that is wheelchair accessible. Check personally: door widths, thresholds & steps, stairs & lifts, and accessible toilet.
  • Provide guides for the blind and partially sighted.
  • Provide amplification, so that everyone can understand.

2. Clear communication

Good accessibility starts with clear communication about the event and location. People with disabilities like to know what to expect, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

  • Be clear in advance about What, When, Where, Who, How, Costs and Accessibility.
  • Stick to the schedule: monitor the time during the event.
  • Designate people whom those who need it may contact.

3. Breaks & rest

Many people with disabilities have less energy to spend, in part because of the inaccessibility of our society. Some people are hypersensitive to stimuli, such as light, sound, smell and groups of people.

  • Plan enough short and/or long rest breaks.
  • Provide a quiet rest area where people who need it can retreat.
  • Provide a warning in advance about loud noises, bright lights and strong smells (such as incense).

4. Food & drinks

Food and drink are often an important part of heathen events. When eating and drinking together, it is essential to take into account the most common diets.

  • Provide gluten-free options.
  • Provide lactose-free alternatives.
  • Provide nut- and peanut-free variants.
  • Provide non-alcoholic drinks. (Also during rituals!)

5. Clear info about accessibility

Be clear in advance about the accessibility of an event! A good announcement provides information about What, When, Where, Who, How, Costs and Accessibility.

  • Provide clear info in the announcement and/or invitation about what has been arranged. And what has not.
  • Don’t assume that details “speak for themselves”.
  • Specify a contact person for further questions.

Like to know more?

Please contact The Wyrd Thing.