#disIMC: Medievalists with Disabilities at IMC 2018

The IMC programme has expanded again with an informal gathering organised by the Medievalists with Disabilities network.

On Monday 2 July, the network will host an informal gathering in Michael Sadler Building LG.10, 13.00-14.00. Disabled delegates and their allies are invited to bring their own lunch and get to know other medievalists with disabilities or support their colleagues. You do not need to be a member of the Medievalists with Disabilities network to attend.

Michael Sadler LG.10 has step-free access via the Beech Grove Plaza entrance and a flat floor. An infrared hearing loop is installed in the room for use by delegates with hearing impairments, who will be able to borrow a receiver for the system from IMC.

The Medievalists with Disabilities Network has also organised a round table discussion on Monday 2 July. In a change to the advertised programme, this session will now take place at 16.30-18.00 in the School of Music Foyer.

The change has been made so the session can be live-streamed, enabling medievalists around the world who cannot attend in person to take part in the discussion for the first time in the IMC’s history. We will update this post and our social media feeds with information on where to watch the session nearer the time.

#disIMC: Current Challenges to Accessibility and Ways Forward – A Round Table Discussion
At the IMC 2017, Medievalists with Disabilities hosted its first event. #disIMC was a ‘bring your own lunch’ affair, slotted into the timetable at the last minute. It was a great success and marked the beginning of the Medievalists with Disabilities (#dismed) network.

This round table discussion will discuss accessibility in higher education and ways that we can address issues. We take the term disabilities in the broadest possible sense, incorporating invisible and visible conditions, chronic illness, and mental health, to name but a few. Panellists will address issues individuals have overcome in Higher Education, discuss what it is like to be in HE with a disability/chronic condition, and pinpoint issues that need further attention.

Step-free access for the School of Music is via an easy ramp leading up to the main entrance. A lift inside the building services every floor.

If you will need to use assistive listening systems anywhere on campus during the Congress, or you have any other specific requirements, such as building access needs or information in alternative formats, please contact the IMC team and let us know as soon as possible. For more information on accessibility at the IMC, see p. 28 of the printed programme or the main IMC website.