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April 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

| $20 – $25
[ID: Q in black lipstick, a grey crop top, and underwear seated in their manual wheelchair, holding their knees to their chest as they look out a window; a bicycle wheel tattoo is partially visible on their shoulder blade, and a hand of fate holding a dandelion puff as the seeds disperse tattoo is on their thigh /end ID]

“Lame, crippling, retard/ed, gimp, moron, spaz, handicap/ped, handicapable, differently abled, diffability, special needs, deaf/blind to, hearing impaired, invalid, wheelchair bound –
From slurs to euphemisms to the way we describe our experiences, ableist language is in the very roots of our speech. Language translates to beliefs, beliefs translate to actions, and there is little left untouched by the insidious affects of ableism. ​

Awareness is the first step in creating change. In this workshop, learn to recognize ableism in your speech and actions and begin to change your habits.

There is no wrong place to start – no knowledge of disability or ableism is necessary for this workshop.” (https://quineli.wixsite.com/qjusttheletter/ableism-101)

1:30 Doors / 2:00 – 3:30 Workshop / Wise Hall/  $20 Advance / $25 At Door /

Financial access options available. Contact Verses Managing Director Pamela Bentley at pamelajoanbentley@gmail.com for information about these financial options. If writing an email is a barrier, and a phone call is an option, please put your phone number in the email subject line, and Pamela will call you back.

All Ages event.
Festival Passes do not include registration for workshops.

Workshop tickets may be purchased ahead of time on Brown Paper Tickets.
Box office and Will Call will open with doors at 1:30 pm. Box office is CASH ONLY.

Advance tickets for Ableism 101 Workshop available here on Brown Paper Tickets


This event is a scent-reduced space. To assist us in our goal of increased access, please be aware of our attempt to reduce the impact of personal scented products (perfumes, scented oils, etc) in our festival spaces.

Accessibility Information for the Wise Hall:

You’ll note on arrival a set of railed stairs leading into the Hall. The wheelchair accessible entrance is around back. For certain events there will be someone posted at the door throughout the event and/or a bell system will be rigged up to ensure no one has to wait out there to be let in. If this has not been clarified by organizers already, please consider contacting them for details.

Once inside, you’ll find a spacious wood-floored hall, open concept, tables and chairs set up throughout. The stage (accessible only via stairs) is to your left, and the washrooms towards the back of the hall. The washrooms are currently gendered, but sometimes will be marked “gender neutral”. There are two sets of washrooms. The one to the left of the bar is currently marked “men” is on the same level and is now wheelchair accessible, with 2 urinals and one wheelchair access stall and one non-wheelchair access stall. The one to the right of the bar, currently marked “women”, is wheelchair accessible with no urinals and one additional stall. *update as of June
Read the Radical Accessibility Mapping Project’s WISE Hall overview or complete audit.
2013: please note that a new, wheelchair accessible men’s bathroom has been created. The finishing touches are still being added, and the door has been adjusted to more easily fit wheelchair/scooter users, but overall the space is great.


April 24, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$20 – $25
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