Following recommendations from public health officials and disability justice communities, Ideas on Fire will be canceling our spring 2020 in-person events due to COVID-19.
This includes our presence at the upcoming Popular Culture Association conference April 15–18 and the ACES Society for Editing conference April 29–May 2, as well as the individual events we had planned for those conferences: Ask an Academic Editor at PCA, a PCA author book signing, the ACES Freelancers Happy Hour, and our Freelance Project Management session at ACES.
Our Creating Your Summer Writing and Publishing Plan workshop at the University of Utah (planned for April 29) will also no longer take place on campus.
However, we are looking into converting some of these events to online versions and will post an update once we know more.
This was a hard decision for us as our team was very excited for these events and looked forward to supporting our clients, communities, and colleagues at them. But we also know it is vastly more important to do what we can to flatten COVID-19’s transmission curve to avoid overwhelming our health care system and risk the lives of those most affected.
We do this to prioritize those most at risk from transmission: people with disabilities, people with immunosuppressive conditions, and elders, many of whom are our own team members, community members, neighbors, partners, and loved ones.
This pandemic is a scary event unfolding in real time, and we encourage you to do all that you can to protect yourselves, our communities, and our broader social worlds, including the thorough hand washing, social distancing, and mutual community aid practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, disability justice communities, and other public health and disability experts.
For those of you who are teachers and are now scrambling to convert in-person classes to online versions, Aimi Hamraie and Mapping Access have some fantastic resources for how to make sure your online versions are accessible to students and faculty with varied embodiments and lives.
Also check out the amazing resources disability communities have compiled, including Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s “Half Assed Disabled Prepper Tips for Preparing for a Coronavirus Quarantine.” As these resources demonstrate, it is radical disability activists, teachers, and community members—many of whom are BIPOC, queer, and/or trans—who have always used their expertise to develop tools for ensuring the access that mainstream education, public health, and social service institutions have denied them. We all are now benefiting from this enormous amount of labor and expertise and we are incredibly grateful.
the Ideas on Fire team