2017 Accessibility Services

Overview of Ohio Lesbian Festival Accessible Services

2017 Call for Interpreters

Please include with your application:

1. Completed Application Questionnaire
2. Recommendation from a member of the Deaf Community (ASL video recommendation link or English letter of recommendation)
3. 5-10 minute video of a simultaneous English to ASL interpretation using previously unviewed source material. (This video link could be from a live interpreting assignment or created for this application)
4. If applying for a stage interpreting role, please submit one video link of an artistic interpretation (live or created for this application)
5. Personal Bio (1 page written English or 2-3 min ASL video link)

How to submit application:
Submit applications as soon as possible or by July 1st   by following the link below.
2017 Ohio Lesbian Festival ASL Interpreter Application

After July 1stplease contact the coordinators about updated needs.
Jo Moore and Laura SkyQuest

Deaf Camping

This is a camping area designed for the Deaf Community at the Ohio Lesbian Festival.

See the upcoming map of Legend Valley for the location.

For questions prior to the festival about camping here, please contact Deaf Services Coordinator, Laura SkyQuest.

Deaf Base

The Deaf Base is the gathering place for the OLF Deaf Community to share in conversation, community, and resources.

o   Requests for interpreting services should be made as early as possible at the Deaf Base either through a Deaf Base worker during scheduled hours or using the after hours services request box. (Note: all main stage performances will be interpreted, no request needed)
o   There will be Deaf Socials at the Deaf Base during the festival. See festival schedule for detail
o   There are learning opportunities for all festies to learn about American Sign Language and the Deaf Culture at the Deaf Base throughout the festival.

Accessible Tent Camping

The ACCESS Tent Camping Area provides a wheelchair accessible porta-jane toilet and electricity for medical use by pre-registration. If you require electricity at your campsite – for medical reasons – please fill out this application.

There is also shuttle service by two lift-assisted Access. Shuttle Vans which pickup from this camping area and stop throughout each of the Campgrounds and all Festival areas. Shuttle Vans run on a continuous loop during gate hours. Please see our Access Shuttle Van Map for more information on routes and stops.

Campsite Set-Up and Break-down Assistance

OLF has volunteers who assist womyn with moving gear, setting up camp and generally helping out with physical labor tasks. In order to receive this assistance, you must pre-register: 2017 Camping Assistance Application

Arrival

In-car registration will be available at the Front Gate Box Office. When you arrive at Legend Valley and have received your wristband at the gate, please let the womyn there know that you are an Access camper.

You’ll then be directed to the Accessibility Camping Area (we will help you unload if you’ve pre-registered for required assistance).

Whether or not you are using any of the services that the area provides, please make sure you stop by the ACCESS Info booth in this area before you set up camp. We may need to ask for or offer some additional information before you get settled.

ACCESS Shuttle Vans pick up and drop off directly from this parking lot and will transport you to your campsite or wherever you need to go throughout the Festival Grounds.

All Festival front gate services close at 10pm. If at all possible, please plan your arrival during daylight hours so that we can help you get settled into your campsite with as little delay as possible.

Quiet Time

Quiet Hours throughout all campgrounds except the OH-Zone (loud and rowdy area) are from 1am – 8am. While we hope womyn will follow quiet time guidelines, we realize that a festival environment is sometimes a noisy place to be and suggest that you may want to consider bringing earplugs.

Accessible RV

There is an ACCESS. RV Camping area located near the general RV section that provides an accessible porta-jane toilet and electricity for medical use by pre-registration. If you require electricity at your campsite – for medical reasons – please fill out this application.

Electricity is not available for running your RV for any reason; it is only available for medical equipment such as re-charging scooter/wheelchair batteries, running C-paps, etc.

There is also a shuttle service by two lift-assisted Access. Shuttle Vans which pickup from this camping area and stop throughout each of the Campgrounds and all Festival areas. Shuttle Vans run on a continuous loop during gate hours. Please see our Access Shuttle Van Map for more information on routes and stops.

Campsite Set-Up and Break-down Assistance

OLF has volunteers who assist womyn with moving gear, setting up camp and generally helping out with physical labor tasks. In order to receive this assistance, you must pre-register: 2017 Camping Assistance Application

Arrival

When you arrive at Legend Valley, You will check in a Front gate and then  will be directed to the proper location for the accessible RV check in.

You’ll then be directed to the Accessibility RV Area where you will be guided to park your vehicle and chuck/block your wheels. (We will help you un-load/set up if you’ve pre-registered for required assistance).

You will be asked to maintain at least 15 feet side-to-side between RVs and 10 feet end-to-end.

If you have a non-sleeping vehicle towing your RV, we may then ask you to move it to the Accessibility Parking Lot. Shuttle Vans pick up and drop off directly from this parking lot and will return you to your campsite or wherever you need to go throughout the Festival Grounds.

All Festival front gate services close at 10pm. If at all possible, please plan your arrival during daylight hours so that we can help you get settled into your campsite with as little delay as possible.

Generator Operation

Generators can be used – when owner is present – between the hours of 8am – 10pm, for one-hour increments. There must be at least a two (2) hour break between each one (1) hour of running your generator.

Accessible Viewing Area at Main Stage

There will be a seated only viewing area for the Deaf Community at the front of the main stage in view of the ASL interpreters.

For those with mobility needs, there is also an accessibility designated space at the main stage for wheelchairs, scooters, etc.

We will post an updated seating area map soon.

Accessible Shuttle

The Festival Accessible shuttle service operates multiple vehicles which will will make multiple stops located throughout the Festival Grounds, including each of the Camping Areas.

The shuttles run on a continuous loop during the hours the front-gates are open. While we cannot guarantee the timing of shuttles, we suggest waiting at your stop around half an hour before you need to arrive at your planned destination.

Bringing Service Animals to the Ohio Lesbian Festival!

SERVICE ANIMALS MUST BE REGISTERED AT OUR BOX OFFICE WHEN YOU ARRIVE. This is in accordance with Licking County Health Codes.

No pets are allowed. One service animal (any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability) per person is permitted on the land.

Given some of the things that have come up in recent years, we feel it does not go without saying:

  • Please be respectful of your sisters and clean up after your service animal!
  • Owners are solely responsible for their dogs and their dogs’ behavior.
  • If a dog is aggressive with womyn or other dogs, if its waste is not cleaned up, or if it is not under the owner’s control, you will be asked to remove the service animal from the Festival grounds.

In Case of Emergency

Our Parking and Camping Crew provides a dedicated Accessibility Team before and during the Festival, should you be in need of assistance or information. The Festival will help you get what need, be an information resource, and will make camping as accessible as possible. That said, if you need extensive or continuous aid, we strongly suggest you bring an aide or attendant to the Festival.

At the Ranch, there will generally be someone in the Access Pop-up Info Booths located in both Access Camping and Access RV. Home Base is also always staffed when the gates are open for general information, “helping hands,” and in case of emergencies.

FAQ

Will I receive a confirmation if I apply for ACCESS Camping Electrical Needs or help with setting up my camp?

We will be sending out confirmations to folks who register for Access Camping electrical hookups for medical devices as well as for those who register to have a volunteer assisting them with their campsite set-up / break-down.

Can you store my medicine? It needs to be kept cool.

The ACCESS. Team does not supply ice or refrigeration for medication or anything else — we cannot store any medication for you. However, you can purchase ice at the Concessions Area and transport it back to your campsite on the Access Shuttle Vans.

Please bring a cooler for storing any medicine or other essential items you may need chilled.

Do you have any scent-free areas or resources for womyn with MCS or environmental sensitivities?

Given the sheer number of womyn coming together to create this community, we cannot say that the Festival is always safe for womyn with MCS or environmental sensitivities. In this camping environment you may encounter fire smoke, bug repellent, sunscreen, essential oils, hand sanitizer, incense, sage, kerosene lamps, vehicle fumes from Shuttle Vans, and common contact scents from the large group.

At this time, we do not have a formal designated scent-free camping area, but we encourage womyn to self-organize together. There are some areas for more remote camping that our ACCESS team can recommend. Still, all campgrounds are in relative proximity to one another, and rest of the Festival grounds is not entirely smoke and scent-free.

Being able to have quiet time for rest and sleep is important for my health. What are the Quiet Hours?

Quiet Hours throughout all campgrounds except the OH-Zone (loud and rowdy area) are from 1am – 8am. While we hope womyn will follow quiet time guidelines, we realize that a festival environment is sometimes a noisy place to be and suggest that you may want to consider bringing earplugs.

These Campgrounds become home to womyn who might otherwise choose quiet camping, family camping, or loud and rowdy camping. While we ask that you respect the general Camping Guidelines, the womyn of Access Camping create the community together. Please be proactive about talking with your neighbor(s) to resolve any conflicts that may arise. Be kind to your sisters and take care of yourself and each other!

I have allergies / dietary restrictions. Does OLF provide vegan / gluten-free / etc meals?

Womyn with food allergies or other special dietary requirements should bring any foods that the Festival menu does not provide.

The OLF Kitchen provides meat, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.  This year we are offering a meal plan so that you can pay for your meals in advance.  Find out about the kitchen menu and the meal plan here.

If I plan to cook at my campsite, are there accessible dish-washing facilities?

Neither Access Camping nor Access RV has dish-wash facilities. Please plan accordingly, perhaps considering paper products.

I need ice for my food and/or medications. Does the festival provide Ice for purchase?

Ice is sold at Concessions and can be brought back to your campsite on the Access Shuttle Vans.

Are there reserved parking spaces for Accessibility Parking? Where is it located?

Yes! We have an entire Parking Lot dedicated for Accessibility Parking. Lot. Our lift-assisted ACCESS Shuttle Vans pick up and drop off directly at this parking lot and will take you wherever you need to go throughout the Festival Grounds. Please see the “ACCESS Shuttle” tab for more info about schedule, routes, and stops.

I have a question that isn’t answered here. Who do I contact?

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please email us prior to the festival:

  • If you have questions about ASL Interpretation at OLF or Deaf Camping and related resources, please contact the interpreter co-coordinators: Lori Woods and Jo Moore.

The Deaf Base will act as a “living room” for the DDDBDHH (DeafDisabled, DeafBlind, Deaf, and Hard of Hearing) community to share in conversation, community, and resources.

There is also a Deaf Camping area for DDDBDHH (DeafDisabled, DeafBlind, Deaf, & Hard of Hearing) womyn. Please see the tab above for “Deaf Camping” for more info and to view a map of its location.

All efforts to accommodate everyone, no matter their needs will be made. In addition to our ACCESS Team and ACCESS Info Booth in Accessibility Camping and RV Areas, HomeBase will have an ACCESS. rest area, some mobility equipment, “Helping Hands”, and crisis intervention.