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BiCon 2008 Site Visit: 2008-03-08 [23 Feb 2008|09:11pm]

I will be visiting Leicester (Oadby Campus) the BiCon 2008 venue on 8th March.

I've found my mirror of the BiCon Special Needs Databank as I couldn't find the original on memevector's websites which have changed considerably - I'll email her about that to find out what is going on. I want to tidy it up something this year and put it on one of the central BiCon websites alongside the Guidelines and stuff.

I've grabbed content from the BSND and chucked into a format that I can print and take with me to the venue. I shall try and write it up coherently and upload it to our website as soon after 8th March as possible.

Is there anything specific that you'd like to know about the venue? Any requests? Any questions you'd like me to ask the venue staff while we're there?
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BiCon 2008: Announcement [03 Nov 2007|11:54pm]

BiCon 2008 will be held at the University of Leicester between Thursday 28th and Sunday 31st August 2008.

The BiCon 2008 website is at http://www.bicon2008.org.uk
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Wheelchair access ramps [04 Oct 2006|10:54pm]

I have just purchased a 3" and a 4" wheelchair access ramp for use at Polyday. These are folding aluminium ramps, and allegedly easy to carry (although I haven't actually got them yet, so I can't be 100% sure of this). After Polyday, they'll be generally available to any event that would like them and can arrange for them to be transported to and from the event. I realise two small ramps isn't going to solve access problems at a stroke, but they may help in a few cases where the venue's mostly accessible, but has a couple of annoying steps (as is the case with Doggetts, where Polyday's being held).
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Ideal BiCon Venue.. [31 Aug 2006|01:03am]

What would your ideal BiCon venue be like?

As part of the BiCon2008 team which is in the early stages of venue evaluations I'm in a position of influence BEFORE the venue is chosen. I'd like feedback to ensure I'm considering issues which people consider important.

I'm currently considering:
* Geographic location and ease of travel from the nearest railway and bus stations as well as by car.

* Venue compactnesss, with accommodation as close to the rest of the venue space as pssible with noise from entertainments being as low as possible.

* 100% Wheelchair accessibility to all public BiCon space is essential (reception, workshop rooms, plenary room and social daytime and evening space) (have I missed anything?).

* Chill-out space separate from main entertanment and other bar space.

* Well lit venue areas and decent terrain (feedback on terrain would be helpful)...

I'll be going through the Special Needs databank as well....
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PA Request. [26 Jul 2004|12:39am]

We are looking for someone to assist a lady attending BiCon 2004 who is in a wheelchair and needs some help with day to day tasks during that time. We are looking for one other (we have one person almost confirmed) person to share this job so that you will have most of your time at BiCon.

Basically, I need assistance with all personal care tasks; including toileting, washing, dressing & undressing, applying make-up etc. I need assistance with getting in & out of bed, but I do transfer myself (I just need someone there to supervise,) so no hoisting is required. I need help with feeding and having the odd beer, too!!!

This lady has no preference regarding the gender of her carer and is happy to explain in more detail what she would require as well as letting you know her needs and what you will need to do to ensure those needs are met. We would need you to be reliable and do the agreed hours at the agreed times as this lady would be relying on you to faciliate her enjoyment of BiCon.

In exchange for doing 50% of this lady's care we would offer you free registration and accommodation for BiCon 2004 and there may be a chance of you getting some payment for your time from this lady herself (if she can get social services to agree to terms and conditions).

If you are interested can you please contact me privately by email at access@bicon2004.org.uk to discuss this further and find out whether you are suitable for this lady's needs.

Any help much appreciated.


Natalya - Accessibility Officer BiCon2004
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HH Application Deadline Has Passed. [26 Jul 2004|12:12am]

The deadline for applying for Helping Hand funding for BiCon2004 has passed. We shall now do our best to ensure that we can assist all the people who need it to attend BiCon 2004 next month.

The deadline for booking accommodation on-site for BiCon is 7th Aug 2004, we cannot guarantee any accommodation on-site after this date. There is some accommodation for people with access difficulties and if you need anything specific please contact us as soon as possible by email (access@bicon2004.org.uk) so we can take that into account when sorting out room bookings etc etc.

If you have any access issues or concerns please email me at access@bicon2004.org.uk and I will do my best to assist you in any way I can. The sooner requests are put to me the more likely I am to be able to help.

This has been a public service announcement.

Natalya - Accessibility Officer BiCon2004.
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HH fund Deadline: 25th July 2004 [20 Jul 2004|02:55am]


The helping hand fund closing date is 25th July 2004. Next week. If you need assistance to attend BiCon and think the fund could assist you with registration, accommodation or access costs then please check out the Helping Hand section of our website.

Natalya - Accessibility Officer BiCon2004
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Helping Hand Fund: Application Deadline is 25th July 2004 [28 Apr 2004|10:02pm]

The Helping Hand Fund is a sum of money which is set aside for the team to allocate to BiCon attenders who may not otherwise be able to afford to come to BiCon. If you think you or someone else could benefit from this then you can tick the appropriate box on your registration form or email us at access@bicon2004.org.uk with appropriate details.

If you apply for funding giving us some additional information about why you need it will help us greatly when deciding on the allocation of funds. If you only need partial support for BiCon, please let us know, as this will allow us to use money for someone else.

If you are unable to pay upfront and are applying for the helping hand fund we will accept your booking as provisional and finalise it when funding and payment (if any) have been agreed upon between yourself and the BiCon team, we will try and come to some agreement which is mutually agreeable.

The deadline for applications to the Helping Hand Fund is 25th July 2004. We are sorry that we cannot accept applications to the Fund after this date. Applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of their application no later than 10th August 2004.

Some examples (which are by no means exhaustive) of situations where
people might require funding are:

* People with access needs who require a personal assistant for the duration of their stay or to cover extra costs which going to a BiCon
might incur.

* People who are bringing children and need help withthe extra accommodation costs.

* People on low incomes who would otherwise be unable to attend BiCon.
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BiCon Discounted Booking Rates End on FRIDAY 30th April 2004 [28 Apr 2004|10:00pm]

You can register for BiCon 2004 in a number of ways:

BiCon can be paid for and registered via PayPal. PayPal Payment Page. The PayPal payment service may be unavailable after 23:59 on 30th April for up to 24 hours as the updated pricing scheme is implemented.

By Post
BiCon Booking forms are downloadable from the BiCon2004 website.

Print and send the registration form with your payment cheque or postal order (Payable to "BiCon") to:
BiCon 2004
BM BiCon
United Kingdom

If you are unable to pay for BiCon all in one go we will accept installments paid by doing the following:

1) Write a covering letter stating that you are paying by installments - don't just send us a potentially confusing bunch of cheques.

2) Give us at least one cheque for at least 10 UK pounds cashable immediately.

3) Write post-dated cheques for the remaining installments, ensuring that we have the total cashable by 7th August 2004 (No more than one cheque per month please).

4) Write "Do NOT cash till XXX" on the back of each cheque to avoid confusion.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me by replying to this post or emailling me at access@bicon2004.org.uk.

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Accessibility Review of BiCon 2004 Venue (Manchester) [23 Jan 2004|11:11pm]

The BiCon 2004 team of which I am part, (as disability person) is planning on doing a review of the venue in terms of accessibility. I am posting here so anyone who has access needs who wants specific things checked can let me know (either here or by email see below) so I can incorporate that into my measurement/reviewing plan.

I hope to get as MUCH information as I can about the venue, layouts and aproximate dimensions of the BiCon using areas. I feel this is mostly a mobility issue review, so wheelchair/scooter access; how easy people with limited walking mobility can get around or even those who have fatigue related conditions etc etc. If I have missed something obvious now is the time to poke me about it.

I will publish as much information as I can on the BiCon 2004 website and alert potential BiCon attending people in various LJ, online and BCN type places where to find it. If I am allowed I will also try and get photographs of accomodation and communal spaces so people can see them. The earlier we realise potential problems the better we can devise solutions and alternatives.

Please do let me know as soon as possible about potential questions, I am not sure of the final date for checking the venue but it should be soon. I have exams in the first week of February so before that would be helpful so I can incorporate it into my review plan.

My email address is barakta@barakta.org.uk any email you send will be kept confidential and your identity not revealed to anyone else.


Natalya - disability/accessibility minion of BiCon 2004 team.

p.s if anyone knows of good online sources of access guidelines please let me know...
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Bi's and Mental Health [17 Sep 2003|10:10am]

Hi Laurence here. Congratulations to everyone who put in a lot of work for the Guidelines for BiCon, very inspirational.

One thing I have noticed since I've been going to BiCon and been involved in the Bi Community is the issue of mental health.

1.A number of surveys have looked at the issue of Bisexuality and mental health.

2, I've also noticed from individual journals and personal comments in bi egroups that there appears to be quite a few people who have personal diagnosis or are on prescribed drugs which are for mental health related issues.

Not just at BiCon, was wondering, what we as a community actually do about mental health issues within our community.

More specific at BiCon, what do we do as a community and within our community about mental health issues and additionally post BiCon after-care.

Are these things that this forum can start to look at ?

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report from BiCon [27 Aug 2003|12:42pm]

Well the Data Bank did get voted into the BiCon Guidelines! Yay!

There were actually two proposals which came officially from the "Disability, equal access and special needs forum" (i.e. workshop during BiCon), and they both got voted in at the final plenary.

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I feel very happy with these results and I hope everyone else does too! Yay for everyone who's contributed!

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Disability Forum moving [21 Aug 2003|03:39pm]

Just so that you know, the Disability, Special Needs and Equal Access Forum will now be at 14:30 (2.30pm) on Saturday. This is because I have a university interview at 11.30am on Friday.

The printed copy of the proposals will be arriving when I do, sometime on Friday afternoon, so look for them then.

Thank you for your patience,
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pre-BiCon update [21 Aug 2003|07:42am]

OK so I did manage to add in a draft page about "ownership & updating procedures" although it's only linked to from the index page and not from all the end-of-page menus as yet.

I also tentatively changed the name to Data Bank, along with an explanatory note to say that it may not be the definitive name. (Because I'm not sure if "silence was assent" and we really had consensus on that, or if it was just that people who were iffy about it were far too busy to post :-) )

As I understand it, baratron is printing out a couple of hard copies to have at BiCon.

See some of you later! and barakta and anyone else who's not going to BiCon, have a good weekend too!
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web site updates & what next [19 Aug 2003|07:52pm]

OK have just uploaded a somewhat updated and upgraded version of the BSNG web site.

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For several reasons, I'm now reluctant to do more on the web site before BiCon, except for a couple of things mentioned below. Reasons:

1) Except for the missing bit about ownership and updating, I think we have done enough on it for anyone to look at it and get the gist of "Yes, I see how this works". Clearly it's not finished, but if people don't trust the interested parties to do the remaining work, then they're not going to trust any future changes either - and it's inherent in the plan that there will be future changes.

2) I would like to suggest that people move their focus towards the proposals, which we will need to have finished at BiCon and which I therefore think are higher priority than the site now.

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What I am most interested in accomplishing with the web site now is...

1) A section on who "owns" it and how it can be updated. At a pinch, I could just cut & paste what I wrote in LJ yesterday, but it's not really quite in the right sort of language.

2) Changing the name, if we're going to. ippola voted for "Data bank". Please do comment on this and either say it's OK with you or object now if you want to!

3) If appropriate, handing over to someone else tomorrow (which shouldn't be hard if anyone wants it and has some web space) - perhaps someone who's leaving later for BiCon than I am.

I reckon I have got time to do those by the time I need to stop working on it for now, which will be tomorrow early afternoon. There are a couple of other contextual things I'll tweak if I have time. I shan't have time to do any more detailed content updates before BiCon though, which is why I'm saying someone else can grab it if they do have time.

Comments on all that welcome.
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BiCon 2004 - I'm Disability-minion [19 Aug 2003|04:36am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I don't know if I am supposed to announce that I am Disability Team member for the 2004 BiCon team or not, but sodit, I'll say it here because I'll be using this as a resource to help me in this minion-ship next year and hope that BiCon feedback will come here as well as other places I am reading.

As I am unable to make BiCon this year I'm not going to be at any of these workshops or discussions. I know that many of you are hoping to write these up so if you could let me know when that happens etc then thats much appreciated. This year's BiCon is the first with a named disability officer and I hope that I can follow in Vicki's shoes and do good by you lot as well. I plan to ask Vicki nicely after she's recovered from BiCon stress for appropriate headsup on her role this year,

I'm not going to say too much more as that would distract from this BiCon, other than wishing you all have a FABULOUS (must stop using that word...) time and hoping all your support needs are met as well as can be done by 2003 organising team.

I shall now retire to my ear-dizzyness bed and hopefully recover from low-level illness cakk soon!


edited for sanity after being erked at (kindly) for not making sense. Now I am going to bed, and blaming all incoherence on being ill so nerr ;p

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Typed up guidelines [19 Aug 2003|04:30am]

Have spent this evening helping 36 sanity check CIZ publishing guidelines and typing up some of the publication/print/large print things for the BSNG things.

As this is only a rough copy please don't comment on typos too much. I've done my typing limit for the day so will do that tomorrow, but suggestions on wording/style/etc would be appreciated. I've noticed the guidelines so far have a table with 2 columns, what is the 2nd one for, is it for ticking or something? Just intrigued.

Anyways, my typed up guidelines so far are at http://www.barakta.org.uk/bsng.txt please make coments to this entry (so I have them in my email).

I will do a whole load more of the printing stuff and if H-L is ok I'll try and do some Deafness stuff, I need to dig out my backups for references on that one.

Oh and when is the last day that it is worth editing what exists at present? I know BiCon starts thurs so am assuming Wed early evening or whatever.

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potential proposals, part 3 [18 Aug 2003|09:57pm]

(continuing - see earlier posts first)

3. Specifically mentioning day tickets - that they should exist, and they should be well publicised and not too expensive.

This was suggested by Laurence, elsewhere on LJ.

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potential proposals, part 2 [18 Aug 2003|09:41pm]

(continuing - see earlier post first)

2. Making explicit that there would be an Equality Fund, for both financial access and anti-disabling measures.

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(By the way, I should probably make clear that I'm not assuming either that these will be proposals we'll put in, or that they'd be voted yes to. This is all just to start the conversation and give people something to bounce off.)

Comments please...
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potential proposals, part 1 [18 Aug 2003|09:21pm]

I think it would be useful at this point to talk about what proposals we want to put to the decision-making plenary at BiCon. The proposals will come officially from the Disability Forum session at BiCon, but seems to me if we can get a pretty good draft of them in advance, it'll make that workshop time more effective and less stressful.

There are three main areas which I'm aware of having been discussed under this heading, and following my own suggestion about threading, I'm going to split them into three posts (even though LJ chronology will thus put them upside down on the page :-) ).

1. Referring from the (main) BiCon Guidelines to the Special Needs Guidelines in some way. The wording of this will fall somewhere between "You must do all this stuff" and "Here's this stuff, but we really don't care if you do it or not". It wants to copy the general flavour of the existing main BiCon guidelines.

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