In the last month, while co-organizing the Washington DC march with Earth Day Network, we have worked together to ensure that the March for Science is accessible for people of all abilities. Below is the current accessibility plan for the march, but please know that this is not a comprehensive list of how we’re making the march accessible, safe, and welcoming for everyone. It is limited to the information we are able to provide pending the exact layout of the event. More information will be provided as available.
The accessible seating area for persons with disabilities will be located near the stage and the mall’s ADA accessible entrances. Accessible port-a-potties will also be available. The event layout will be finalized at the end of the month and we will be able to provide many more details at that point.
We have partnered with Metropolitan Washington Ear to provide free audio description during the rally to visually impaired marchers. Sign language interpreters will be present for all main stage speeches and the event will be closed captioned.
We are still working on the exact route of the march. When the map is complete, it will be available on our website and include clearly mark exit points for any individuals who cannot march the entire route and needs easy access to the metro and bus stops. We will also provide directions to locations nearby that will offer places to recharge power chairs.
The March for Science in Washington D.C. will be live streamed as a virtual march! People who are unable to attend in person can submit photographs and messages to be shared on our site on April 22.
We are currently setting up a new registration portal for all participants of the March for Science. This includes people who will be attending a virtual march! When the site is live, we ask that you enter “virtual” when asked where you will be marching. Your voice will be heard and all participants — those who attend a march in person and those who are unable to do so but still support the March for Science — will be counted.
Based on input from persons with disabilities and disability advocates, we have compiled recommendations and suggestions to distribute to satellite marches around the world who may have questions with regards to increasing accessibility at their own marches. If you have accessibility needs, we encourage you to reach out to your local march for more details.
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