When we say “Story. Stage. You.”, we mean it! We’re still learning, but we want to create a welcoming, accessible, aggressively inclusive environment – so please share your ideas to help us improve!
Equal Access project (fall 2016-spring 2017)
We partnered with organizations that serve individuals with disabilities in order to offer free storytelling workshops in Fall 2016.
- Read the project announcement.
- Watch a CBS 58 segment about the project.
- Listen to an Ex Fabula Radio segment about the project.
- Read an article about the collaboration published in IndependenceFirst‘s newsletter.
- Watch Luanne McGregor share a story at the Ex Fabula New Year Spectacular.
- Monday September 19, 1 to 3:30 pm at IndependenceFirst: workshop open to Milwaukee adults with disabilities. ASL to be provided upon request with advance notice! Click here to learn more.
- Thursday October 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Vision Forward: workshop for individuals who are visually impaired and/or their family members. Click here to learn more.
- Friday October 14, 10 am -noon at Milwaukee Center for Independence: workshop open to Milwaukee adults with disabilities. ASL can be provided upon request with advance notice! Click here to learn more.
- Friday November 4, 10:30am-12:30pm at Capitol Library: Registration handled by Life Navigators.
- Saturday November 19, 11-12 am: special Spanish language workshop for WI-FACETS, a support group for parents of children with Autism.
- Monday November 21, 3:30 to 5:30 at Tippecanoe Library:
Click here to learn more.
- Saturday January 14, 10 am – noon in Washington Heights: storytelling workshop with SE Wisconsin Aspergers Empowerment Meet up. Open to adults with Aspergers and family members of individuals with Aspergers. Click here to learn more.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Additional thanks go to the Ex Fabula volunteers and community members who helped to design this effort!
Request an accommodation
Please contact us a minimum of two weeks in advance of an event to request an accommodation. You may include your request when purchasing tickets or registering. We will do our best to honor accommodation requests made with less than two weeks notice.
Kinds of accommodations
Reserved ADA seating (wheelchair seating, limited mobility, limited vision, hearing impairment, service animal, etc) is available at our monthly StorySlams with advance notice.
Reading and seeing
We can provide print materials in Braille, large print, or text formats; reserved seating near the stage or with space for a service animal; a volunteer to describe the room and/or guide you around; a volunteer to scribe your UltraShort on a slip of paper; a chair onstage to orient yourself; and other accommodations as requested.
Speaking and hearing
For Deaf individuals who communicate with ASL, we are planning to offer ASL Interpretation at at least one StorySlam this season, and we welcome your input regarding which event that should be.
For non-verbal individuals who wish to tell a story onstage, we can provide a volunteer to “voice” your story off-stage. Just write out your story and contact us so we can connect you with a voicer.
Thanks to storyteller Steve Wolski and volunteer Joel Dresang who originated this format a 2015 event put on in partnership with Broadscope Disability Services!
As part of the Equal Access Project, we are working with IndependenceFirst to conduct venue walkthroughs and engage our venues in conversations around accessibility.
We’ll indicate which StorySlams have wheelchair accessible stages with this logo. If a stage is not wheelchair accessible, we’d be glad to move the microphone to an alternate location.
We’ll indicate any significant wheelchair accessibility issues with this “caution” logo.
We can provide a volunteer to cue individuals with memory loss who wish to tell a story but are not comfortable telling without notes.