Access is inclusive. For this conference, access signals the fundamental rights of human life: clean air and water, safe housing, education, health and wellbeing, and income opportunities. Access can also reflect more ephemeral privileges we have as humans, such as the availability of Internet, information, emotional and professional support structures, as well as career, professional, and personal opportunities. Access can be a yes/no proposition, but might also be a door that can be closed or opened wide, with varying degrees of openness along the way. Access, accessibility, open access… How are these rights and privileges made manifest to us through systems, interfaces, infrastructures, information, data, and projects–all of which might involve digital or networked methods through which humans interact? How does our conception of access change the way we produce content for other humans? How does accessibility form a starting point for designing projects as opposed to being an add-on or afterthought? How can we reshape our notion of access to broaden inclusivity and diversity in our digital landscapes? How does limits on digital access prevent full participation by communities, stakeholders, and audiences? And how can digital access change that level of participation? What is the role of data and its accessibility to the public mean in terms of the health and well-being of a community?
Our accessibility guidelines for 2019 include our Code of Conduct and accessibility best practices for the conference. They also include information on the location of a gender-inclusive restroom with en-suite lactation area.
Dr. Stephanie S. Rosen is Associate Librarian and Accessibility Specialist at the University of Michigan Libraries. Continue reading.
The program for Network Detroit 2019 is available and can be reviewed here: http://www.detroitdh.org/network-detroit-2019/2019-program/
We are no longer accepting proposals, but feel free to peruse the call as the conference approaches. Continue reading.