Additional accessibility information specific to our events:
- Drinks (cold and hot) and (vegan) snacks can be bought from the till, where prices are always pay what you can (down to nothing). All proceeds from purchases of refreshments, art or books during our events go to The Queery
- No hearing loop technology is available, but presenters can always be clearly seen, so lip reading should be possible. We are not BSL speakers.
- We will always be more than happy to repeat information, change the way we present information, or change our communication style in any way we can
- Audio/video recording of the class is not permitted due to privacy considerations, but you may ask to record specific parts of the teaching as an accessibility need, and depending on the request we may allow this (on a case by case basis)
- We use a mixture of demonstrations, explanations and Q&As to teach, and with explicit consent on all sides, will demonstrate principles/techniques directly on your body
- We provide a printed out negotiation guide for use during beginners’ classes, which you are welcome to take home with you. You can also ask this to be emailed to you after/before the class
- Carers are welcome (no fee) and there is a separate area they can sit in during the class (out of view) if you wish
- One side of the space is not used as a tying space, so is a good place to retreat to if you need to take a moment
- All exercises and discussions are optional and no questions will be asked if you don’t want to participate in parts of the class. We do encourage switching during our classes, but we don’t enforce this and will not ask why if you choose not to switch
- We teach adjustments to exercises as standard to accommodate different body types and levels of ability, as well as adjustments to communication methods and tying techniques, to accommodate people of all neurotypes and dexterities
- Chairs, cushions and bolsters available, as well as the mats that we tie on. However, the floor is concrete, so is still a little hard, and amount of space per couple is very limited
- You are welcome to bring anything that makes class easier for you, physically, emotionally, or from a sensory perspective, as long as it doesn’t cause sensory or other distress for any other participant. If you’re not sure, ask!
In addition to the above, we are in the process of adding image descriptions to all of our social media posts. This is something that is taking a while as we have a lot of posts! But it is underway, and future posts will always have these.
If you have any ideas for things you think we could be doing better to make our events more accessible, please let us know and we will endeavour to make it happen.