Category Archives: cross-disability

Call for note-takers

The Collective Access Screen-dance Residency is seeking note-takers for different roles. It is a very part-time contract, with online meetings on Zoom. The cross-disability project is facilitated by the InterdepenDance Collective. (Link for an overview of the project.)

There are multiple note-taking roles available. When you apply, please let us know which role/s you are available for (applicants may apply for more than one role).

Roles available:
  • Note-taker for Wednesdays 1:30 to 3:30 PM PST creative pod on a weekly basis starting in late November, with possibility of continuing until March. The group is majority BIPOC would appreciate a note-taker with some shared lived experience. (This pod has captioners.)
  • Back-up note-taker for Tuesday creative pod, on some Tuesdays from 2 PM to around 3:30 PM PST. There may be additional access support roles available for this pod. (This pod uses auto-transcription.)
  • Note-taker once a month for a workshop on a Monday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM PST (exact weeks to be determined. Workshops have captioners, ASL interpretation, and audio description.)
  • Occasional note-taking; supporting artists editing documents or forms (as needed, with flexible timing, around once a month.)
What is involved:
  • type notes on Google-documents, using the accessible document styles for the group (size of font, contrast, etc.).
  • summarize ideas discussed and group decisions.
  • contact a facilitator if you cannot attend a session.
  • maintain confidentiality of documents and meeting content.
  • if you haven’t been a note-taker before, an orientation is available.
  • invoice once a month (invoice template is available).

The role is paid at $30 Canadian per hour. Payment is once per month by E-transfer.

To apply:

Please fill in this Note-taking Application google-form

Or contact for other format options.


Roles are open until filled. For roles that begin soon, the InterdepenDance Collective will begin offering roles in early November. After all roles have been filled the application form  will be closed to new responses.

Thank-you for your application!

Layers of access for screendance

Dance artists involved in the Collective Access Screendance Residency recently gathered online for a brainstorm. Below are visual notes by D’Leen Betts about the layers of access that this specific cohort needs for the films that are being created, followed by an image description.

Visual notes:

Visual notes about layers of access for the cohort. Full image description is below the image.

Image description:

The visual notes are divided into three separate sections. To the left, the heading is: What layers of access does this cohort need for our films? Below this, text and four line drawings are highlighted with purple. Captions is in a purple rectangle. Creative audio description is written near an ear with three squiggly sound waves. Transcript is written under a page with illegible handwriting. Pre-show notes (overview and context notes) is written next to an open booklet.

The upper right section is highlighted in blue. Its heading is: Other options for access we can try, and there are arrows pointing to two drawings below. Three hands sign letters A-S-L. Mail-able sensory pack is written under a box that’s open with two upright objects like oak leaves or seaweed. An arrow from the box points to dotted texture, a nose for smell, and a tongue for taste. A heart postage stamp floats nearby.

The lower right section is highlighted in burgundy red. Its heading is: What can we avoid? A red circle with a diagonal line through it emphasizes that these are to be avoided. A lightbulb surrounded by jagged zigzag flashing is next to text: No flashing lights or quick edits (need 3 seconds or longer). An oozing splotch, shaped like a ginger root, is next to text: No abstract plot with no entry points.

For more information about the project, go to the Collective Access Screendance Residency page.

Disability Justice Workshop with Sins Invalid

The invitation has multiple options of format below: audio, ASL vlog, text, and poster.

Click here to skip ahead to registration info.

The InterdepenDance Collective invites you to:

Disability Justice: Re-envisioning the Revolutionary Body.

Patty Berne from Sins Invalid will be sharing ideas, practices and experiences around Disability Justice.

Friday May 28, 2021

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Online on Zoom


Colouring page version of poster by SeaWolfRise with drawings of a multitude of access tools and supports. Same image description as the poster above, except this version has black line drawings on a white background.

Access notes:

Please register and note access requests by May 24th.

Sign language interpreters and captioning are confirmed.

Access practices that have already been requested are audio description, large print, reading out or signing the Chat when there are new comments, and having materials in Word or PDF.

Workshop details:

The workshop is geared to dancers, artists and creative people with lived experience of ableism, audism and/or sanism.

There will be a mix of presentation, small group discussion in break-out rooms, and questions/ conversation in the big group.

The workshop is hosted by the InterdepenDance Collective, who dance and collaborate mostly in Lekwungen lands and virtually.

To register:

Here is the link to register for May 28th:

Another way to register is by email.

Space is limited so that participants can connect as a smaller community. There are a few  spots available for the workshop.

The Zoom information will be emailed a couple of days in advance of the workshop.

Image description for poster by SeaWolfRise:

The colouring page version of the poster has a white background and black line drawings and text that contains the same event details as the event web page. In a mutual aid outer space, a bath chair floats in the centre and is surrounded by 4 stars connected by celestial lines. Along these lines it reads, “take what you need.” Access tools and supports float in a tender tough galaxy of care (cane, crutches, pill bottles, tinctures, knives, spoons, lube, braces, gloves, gaff, binder, bus tickets, money, dental dams, condoms, hand sanitizer, cookies, strawberries, a crystal pendulum reading “sick,” and other adornments and protections.) Forming a constellation of needs with the shower chair, some items are also connected and surrounded by stars and celestial lines. Moon phases border the top and bottom of the page.


This event is made possible with the support of

Much gratitude to bitty and for the poster, and to Deaf Spectrum and Thurga Kanagasekarampillai for creating the ASL invite.

Resources for an overview of Disability Justice:

Click here for a few text versions of Sins Invalid’s 10 Principles of Disability Justice.

Below is an ASL vlog about Sins Invalid’s 10 Principles of Disability Justice:


Co-Facilitating Cross-Disability Dance (workshop)

Workshop with Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers:

Friday February 28th, 2pm-5pm
at sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Library Branch in Lekwungen homelands.
(sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ  is the Lekwungen name for James Bay and is pronounced s-hweng hw-ung tongue-oo-hw.)

Address: 385 Menzies Street (behind the Legislature).
Room: The workshop is in the Dr. Elmer Seniemten George Community Room.

On this page:
Access notes
Facilitator bios
Event supporters

Description (/DisCripShone):

Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers will be coming to town, to share ideas around disability leadership, co-facilitation and social justice approaches in dance.

Topics will likely include: anti-oppressive trauma-informed practices, addressing group dynamics, disrupting ableist gaze in performance, and tips for coordinating dance projects.

The format will be informal, with a mix of presentation, conversation, and some movement.

This peer-led workshop is by and for dancers with lived experience of disability/ chronic illness/ mental health considerations/ neurodivergence, and people who experience barriers in dance.

Please do not use scented or fragranced products before coming to the workshop.

To register: contact Joanne with the Subject: “Feb. 28 registration,” and include your contact info and any access requests.

Access notes:
  • The workshop is free.
  • The venue is mobility accessible, with button doors at entrances, and there are two gender-neutral single-stall washrooms.
  • Please be in touch if there are specific access details you would like to know, or if you have allergies or access needs you would like the organizers to know about.
  • Interpreting, transcribing, describing and access buddies are dependent on availability. Please request these services by February 24th. (We are waiting to hear back about interpreters and transcribers’ availability.)
  • Bus routes: the closest bus stops are for the #2, #3, and #10 buses. The venue is near the Legislature Terminal, including buses #50 and #75.

Facilitator Bios:

Lindsay Eales is a queer, Mad, settler, who has been co-leading crip dance communities and creating and performing crip and Mad choreography for fifteen years. She is also a certified occupational therapist who works to transform exclusive spaces rather than ‘fixing’ excluded people. Eales recently completed her PhD in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, researching how to create more accessible and affirming dance and movement spaces for people who have experiences with trauma, mental illness, and mental distress.

Danielle Peers is a queer, non-binary disabled settler, as well as a dancer, filmmaker, and researcher. They collaborate with folks who experience multiple barriers to accessible, affirming and meaningful movement practices (including art, sport, recreation, and spiritual movement practices) in order to collectively imagine and spark change. They are currently a Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Cultures at the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, as well as an independent artist.

Event supporters:

The workshop is organized by the InterdepenDance Collective and Creative Momentum.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Made in BC- Dance on Tour, and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

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