Making Access Values Accessible: Switch Up Your Organization With Shay Erlich

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Making Access Values Accessible: Switch Up Your Organization With Shay Erlich

As circus companies look to bring disabled people into their casts and audiences, they turn to accessibility strategies and tools. But meeting everybody’s needs requires new approaches— and looking at access from a new perspective. Speaking from their experience, accessibility consultant and disabled artist Shay Erlich offers these organizations some access starting points… as well as a deeper crash course.
Accessibility matters—but the ways we understand accessibility matter, too, as do the ways we talk about it. Every day, more and more disabled voices make themselves heard in public venues. They share their stories and speak up about their needs—and more and more organizations are taking notice. Those in the circus and live entertainment industries are no exception. But even as organizations broaden their scope and strive to open up their work—and their companies—to new kinds of audiences and artists, they do not always know where to begin… or even where to start the conversation. That’s where accessibility consultant Shay Erlich (they/them) enters the scene. ...
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Carolyn Klein

Carolyn Klein is a writer, poet, and circus fan from the Washington, D.C, area. Writing stories about the circus has been a dream of hers since getting introduced to circus fiction around 2014. She recently completed her B.A. in English and Creative Writing, magna cum laude, at George Mason University. As a new member of the Circus Talk journalism team, Carolyn looks forward to learning as much as she can about the industry and people behind circus.