The Democracy Center is not currently wheelchair accessible, we recognize that this is a pervasive example of ableism with progressive organizing: systematically shutting out disabled organizers and activists. All event organizers are required to note that we are not wheelchair accessible on all publicity for their events.
It is inexcusable that we have been inaccessible since our debut in 2001, and we hope to install a wheelchair access ramp to the DeWolfe St side of the building in summer 2017. Since late February, we have been working with 4 paid, disabled consultants with mobility-related disabilities to guide the improvement of our space. We will keep everyone as up to date as possible as we negotiate with contractors, the City of Cambridge, and Cambridge Historic Commission. We also hope to do much more than become physically accessible: we hope to use this journey as a way to tackle other aspects of ableism within organizing and social justice movements - again, stay tuned!
Our current physical accessibility information:
- There are 8 steep steps to enter the front door which is 36 inches wide
- There is one gender neutral bathroom on the first floor, which is not accessible. The door is 29 inches wide, the toilet is about 6 feet from the door. We are in the process of planning renovations to make the bathroom more accessible on a separate timeline from the ramp installation
- The Mandela, Chavez, and Parks rooms are connected by wide sets of double doors. The internal hallways vary between 27-35 inches wide, the library door is 30 inches wide.
UPDATE 5/24/17: We plan to install an access ramp to the DeWolfe St side of the building in July. More information here.
Feel free to contact us about our plans for improvement and/or your accessibility needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-492-8855. Keep in mind the DC does not handle ticketing or logistics for events we are not specifically co-sponsoring.
Written Directions to the Center:
- The DC is ⅓ of a mile from Harvard Sq Station, from the main entrance to the station, turn left then immediately left again toward Dunster St. Turn right on Dunster St (first street on your right), at the end of the block cross the street and turn left onto Mount Auburn St. Go about 4 blocks, the Mt Auburn entrance is across the street on the left.