6 thoughts on “Accessibility at conventions – aka why I’m not at YALC this year

  1. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    Great Post! I’m sad to hear that it wasn’t possible for you to attend and that there are still a lot of aspects left in which conventions could do better 😦 As an anxious person I also find crowds to be a bit overwhelming at times, especially if there is not enough organization for queues. I was at a local book con two years ago and it was a bit chaotic to queue for the signing, especially as it was all very crammed :/

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    1. whatthelog says:

      Thank you 🙂 And yes, I totally understand that!! I need to find a con that’s the perfect balance – small enough that there won’t be too many people, and yet big enough that there are people looking at accessibility/will be there to help.

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  2. colorfulbookreviews says:

    I have done some conventions in the past (both for my work and for fun). Since my more recent health struggles, I suspect it would be harder to attend now, mainly because I remember there being a lot of walking. Preparation was key in me being able to enjoy the ones I attended. Having the right shoes, food, resting the day before and after, knowing the layout and where to go, where benches were located to take a break. Having another adult around helped too. I appreciate when bigger cons have calming rooms or (I forget the actual name of them) those little tubular rooms that block all the noise and light. It helps SO MUCH to know there is a designated place to rest and relax without having to leave the convention.

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    1. whatthelog says:

      I totally understand that!! I’ve never actually heard of these calming rooms… I would definitely consider going to a convention if they had some of these! I’ve always resigned myself to the fact that I would be able to go to big conventions like San Diego Comic Con because I wouldn’t be able to handle it. If they had something like that, I think it would be a lot more accessible for me! 🙂

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