Summer Stories of Access and Activism

Meet us outside TechTown for casual schmoozing and storytelling around a theme of access and activism. Afterwards, we’ll head down to the Riverwalk for Detroit’s Got Disability Talent - an event put on by our partner Detroit Disability Power in collaboration with the Caravan for Disability Freedom and Justice 2024. There will be performances, dancing, food, a carousel and more! 

Join us for all or part of this casual summer community building event.

Gentle and Flexible Storytelling Guidelines for this event:

  • Ideal length: 3-5 mins (reach out to Laura if 10+ mins are needed)

  • Stories, poems, essays, performance, visual art all welcome

  • Bring your own work or highlight someone else’s work that speaks to you about this theme!

  • Encouragement to think about the concepts of access and accessibility broadly

  • finished/perfected work not required!!

  • A very non-exhaustive list of prompts:

    • What does access mean to you? 

    • What comes to mind when you hear the word "accessibility?"  

    • What experiences of access have you had? 

    • What have you had access to? 

    • What haven't you had access to? 

    • How can we think about access very broadly or more broadly?

    • What is opened up to us if we do adopt a broader framework when thinking about access?

    • Exploring shifting access needs

    • Exploring access needs that are in conflict or opposition

    • Universal vs Flexible access

    • Access to ____________ (healthcare, wealth,  child care, education, clean water, private indoor and outdoor space, natural/wild areas, recreational water, sports, extracurricular activities, adequate nutrition, more than adequate nutrition, travel, public outdoor and indoor space, ancestral wisdom, spiritual practice, community... this list can go on and on)


August 05, 2024 at 5:30pm - 9:30pm


Laura Mason ·


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