Last year, about this time, I was listening to friends prep for Convocation and the last ever Pantheacon. I planned to attend neither, other than a quick walk through the vendors and the art show at Convocation.
Why? Mostly because I needed the vacation days (hahahaha – how naive it was to think we were going anywhere in 2020). I wasn’t teaching (my class acceptance rate is less than 20%, so it’s always a toss up, even when I submit multiple classes), as to whether or not I’ll teach anything. And if I’m not teaching, then the question of priorities shifts more towards staying home
One of the things I really did start thinking about was what it would take for my kids to go to Convocation. At a minimum, they need extra adult supervision. And to be fair, when I’m the source of that supervision, I can’t do much of anything else.
But then I wondered, “What else? Does anyone have an inclusive, accessible program?”
No. No Pagan group that I’ve found in the US does, and while the UK’s Pagan Federation does a lot of work with families and those with disabilities, it’s not clear to me that their programs are really set up for any needs, just the kids that they expect to be there.
I’ve spent a year reading, gathering notes, listing the sorts of resources needed (if you follow me on Patreon, you’ve seen some of this work). Doing it in a Pandemic has just been weird – there is no place to go test theories, no festivals to benchmark in person.
The next step is to write it up, along with the materials I’ve been thinking about. I’ve been working on a more general children’s programming guide, too. Finishing both, while getting our formal church up and running, is a big part of this year’s plan.
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