Dialouges on Disability – A university thing

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So I’m in Heidelberg at the moment, but before I went on study abroad, I wondered if I could just make a quick detour to Berlin for Dialogues on Disability…

Turns out I didn’t make the team, which is OK. The logistics involved in going directly to Heidelberg afterwards would’ve been too hard. Congrats to everyone who did get to go. And just in case you can’t read German, here’s a translated article about the event. I also include links to info about important people and organisations.

Original article: From the Humboldt University, Berlin: here

Translation in English: me.

Dialogues on Disability an der Humboldt-Universität!
Vom 27.08. bis 31.08.2018 fanden die Dialogues on Disability an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin statt! Zu Gast waren mit insgesamt 21 Teilnehmer*innen die Universitäten King’s College London, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de Mexico, Universidade Federal do ABC (Sao Paulo) und die University of Delhi.

English: From 27th August 2018 to 31st October 2018, Dialouges on Disability took place in the Humboldt University in Berlin! Around 21 participants of the Universities of King’s College London, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de Mexico, Universidade Federal do ABC (Sao Paulo) and the University of Delhi were guests.

Die Woche setzte sich aus einer Vielzahl spannender Programmpunkte zusammen. Zum Beispiel besuchten die Delegationen Leidmedien e.V. und diskutierten gemeinsam mit Judyta Smykowski über die Darstellung von Menschen mit Behinderung in den Medien.
Im inklusiven Co-Workingspace Tüchtig https://tuechtig-berlin.de/ hielten Jurek Sehrt (http://www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/studium/bachelor/abv/DAS_ABV-Angebot_am_Fachbereich/Modul_2/abv-dozentinnen/sehrt/index.html) von der Deutschen Kinemathek und Anja Winter einen Vortrag über Inklusion im Kontext von Museen und Ramona Hahn berichtete über die Arbeit von Akse e.V. (aktive und selbstbestimmt) und das Konzept der Persönlichen Assistenz.

English: In the week there were a variety of exciting program points. For example, the delegates visited Leidmedien e.v, and discussed together with Judyta Smykwoksi (Leidmedien journalist) about the representation of people with disabilities in the media. In the inclusive co-working space Tüchtig, Jurek Sehrt from the German Cinematik and Anja Winter held a lecture about inclusion in the context of museums, and Ramona Hahn reported about the work of Aske. E.v (active and self-determining) and the concept of personal assistance.

Am letzten Tag beleuchteten Frau Prof. Köbsell von der Alice-Salomon-Hochschule und Lea Eckert die Geschichte, Errungenschaften sowie das aktuelle Engagement behindertenpolitischer Aktivist*innen in Deutschland.

English: On the last day Ms. Professor Köbsell(http://www.lebensnerv.de/fp/fp13-2/fp13-2-06-001–neue-ansaetze-forschung.html) from the Alice-Salomon Highschool and Lea Eckert enlightened the students on the history and achievements, as well as the current engagements of disabled and political activists in Germany.

Das Feedback der Teilnehmer*innen war überwältigend. Es konnte der Eindruck aus den vergangenen zwei Jahren bestätigt werden, dass mit den Dialogues on Disability ein besonderer Raum geschaffen wird, wo es den Studierenden möglich ist, über ihre Beeinträchtigung in einen Dialog zu treten. Als zentral hat sich dabei die Erfahrung herausgestellt, nicht alleine zu sein, sondern gemeinsam mit den Kommiliton*innen aus aller Welt Bedarfe und Anforderungen an ein barrierefreies Studium und eine inklusive Umwelt zu artikulieren.

English: The feedback from the participants was overwhelming. It could be confirmed that the emphasis of the two years, that with ‘Dialogues on Disability’ a particular space was created, where it was possible for the students to talk about their disabilities and limitations in a dialogue. Centrally the experience put itself out, not to be alone, but to be together with fellow students from all around the world, and to articulate requirements and challenges for an accessible study and an inclusive environment.

Informationen zu Dialogues on Disability

Dialogues on Disability ist ein internationales Austauschprogramm für Studierende mit Beeinträchtigung. Initiiert wurde es 2013 vom King’s College aus London und der University of Delhi. Die Humboldt-Universität nimmt neben der Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) aus Mexiko-Stadt und der Universidade Federal do ABC aus Sấo Paulo (UFABC) ebenfalls an dem Programm teil. Die HU war 2016 in London und 2017 in Mexiko-Stadt durch eine Delegation, bestehend aus Studierenden mit Beeinträchtigung und Verwaltungsmitarbeiter*innen, vertreten. Die Kernidee von Dialogues on Disability besteht darin, beeinträchtigten Studierenden einen interkulturellen Erfahrungsaustausch zu ermöglichen. Dazu werden innerhalb von einer Woche eine Vielzahl von Aktivitäten im Themenfeld Beeinträchtigung wie zum Beispiel Workshops, Vorträge, Besuche von Institutionen und Organisationen durchgeführt.

Information about Dialogues on Disability

English: Dialogues on Disability is an international exchange program for students with a disability. It was initiated in 2013 by King’s College London and the University of Dehli. The Humboldt University (HU) Berlin also took part, with the University of Mexico from Mexico City, and the University of Soa Paolo. The HU sent a delegation of disabled students in 2016 to London and 2017 to Mexico City.

English: The core idea of Dialouges on Disability is to enable disabled students to have cultural exchange. Within a week, a range of activities on the theme of disability are led, for example as workshops, lectures, visits from institutions and organisations.

Das internationale Austauschprogramm Dialogues on Disability wird von dem Projekt Studium mit Beeinträchtigung organisiert und betreut.
The international exchange program is organised and supervised. by the project Study with Disability. For ideas and press questions, contact them by email: barrierefreistudieren@hu-berlin.de
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Day 2- On the way to Heidelberg University

Auf dem Weg nach der Heidelberger Universitat! On the way to Heidelberg University!

 

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So today, as the subtitle suggests, we went to the university. We took the trams to get there, having checked possible routes the night before. However, not everything went according to plan…

The most common transport near us is the tram (in German, Strassenbahn). We decided to go to Heidelberg University, which I found you could take a 31 tram to get to the university. We also hoped we could get to a Jamaican restaurant, supposedly at Mannheimerstrasse, which we could go to after dealing with things at the university.

Particularly I wanted to see inside a Heidelberg University lecture hall, as well as to give in two forms – one form was for my preparatory German language course given to non-German students to brush up our German before term starts, and the second was the ServicePaket, an offer in Heidelberg University that combines accommodation prices with other perks, such as a free campus card and (apparently) a trip to Munich. Still, the choice of accommodation is limited to an area called In Neuenheimer Feld, which is north of the river Neckar, and not as close to my part of the university as some others. However, the Feld is the more modern part, and looks pretty nice too.

 

This video shows us paying for a tram ticket- then going to the Universitatsplatz!

In reality, we got lost a bit- we turned down a long street called Seminarstrasse, and had to turn back. But with a bit of editing magic I kinda pretended we got there quicker. 😉

 

We got onto the tram at the Stadtbuchereihof – the tram station outside our hotel (see my video on how to use the ticket machines at the train station!), bought a Day Ticket allowing us to travel as much as we wanted without paying again and again (and we took quite a lot of trams, so boy did we need it!) – and we boarded the tram 23 to Bismarckplatz, a wide town square which my mum compared to London’s Oxford Street as it has as many fancy (and expensive) large clothes shops.

We then switched the tram to the 33 when we realised it also went to the University. The road followed the river Neckar, partly reminding me of the River Thames near my university back home.

We got off the bus, in front of the university museum where an American group were taking a tour in English. I had a rough idea that the university was north of this, however actually getting there in real life was harder than it looks on a map! Partly we were confused about where we were going, entering the Neue Unversitat (New University) and asking a friendly and helpful student how we could get to the Studierendenwerk. Yet even with her directions, which must’ve been correct on the Google Maps she showed us … we got lost again.

In the Rathaus, the town hall, we saw a statue, honouring the soldiers who didn’t make it back after WW2.

After attempting to get around roadworks along the end of the Hauptstrasse, we finally found and crossed the Old Bridge- the Alte Brücke-  to the Max-Weber Haus. This is where non-German students going to Heidelberg can have extra lessons in German before our semester starts.

Also we went all the way up to Taubenfeld on the number 5 tram… and didn’t find Jamrock, the Jamaican restaurant. Sigh… there is an Italian restaurant there instead though.

Tomorrow- we’re going to Aldi-and hopefully re-finding a ‘Black and White’ African hairdressers, as well as other shops that may be of interest. It’s also my mum’s birthday 🙂  so I’m gonna see what I can do to treat her out…

Adventures in Heidelberg:2. Frankfurt to Heidelberg

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Following on from landing at the Frankfurt Hahn Airport…we had to go find our suitcase. I skipped quite a bit of looking at the conveyor belt in the video below, but it took around two minutes for us to find it.

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Yeah, next time I’ll make my suitcase a bit more noticeable – maybe with bright tape strips, or a couple of stickers. Or maybe I’ll just not use a  black suitcase.

 

So we went through ‘Nothing To declare/zollfreie Waren’ (meaning you don’t need to pay tax on your luggage) then we looked for the bus to take us from Frankfurt Hahn Flughafen to Heidelberg.

And yeah, it also hit me we were in Germany when I managed to ask the super nice bus driver where the bus was going in German. Luckily for my mum (and me) he also spoke English as well. We also spoke to some of the other passengers also going to Heidelberg- some visiting friends and family there.

The bus journey took around another 2 hours- going through Mannheim, another city with a university. Listening to classical music, and a mixture of German and American pop-songs, we were soon there – although it rained lightly on the way- while back in Britian the weather was nice and sunny. Not for us – yet…

Finally we reached our destination- Heidelberg! I was so excited but we actually didn’t know at first which way to go at first. We made our way to a shopping centre, with an Italian pizza and pasta place- our first stop.

Thing is, I’m kind of fussy with food- and I don’t like eating things unless I know exactly what’s in it. However we were in a line before I knew it and while my mum wanted a pizza and a cappachito, I wasn’t sure and chose something I thought I would like while zooming into a picture of the pastas menu on my phone.

However- it wasn’t what I would it would be- there’s  melted cheese on the pasta and bits of broccoli, which dry baked cheese on top- the stringy bits also weren’t helping. Just want to offer a thankyou to the chef of that shop, as I explained that I wouldn’t be able to eat it and asked in German for some seasoned rice instead, checking that it had no meat in it. He allowed me to change the menu and the rice was delicious!

Note to future self: listen to the other person’s answers when I order something, and ask what’s in it.

 

After paying the chef and thinking about how not to repeat that mistake, we went out of the shopping centre. Then it was off to find the Holiday Inn – well, to try and find the Holiday Inn. We asked friendly pedestrians on the way, and found our hotel was roughly along the same road. On the way we passed the Heidelberg Print Media Academy, and an academy that proudly showed metrics of its solar panels.

We also passed a shop called Kaufland that my mum thought was a post office, but was actually a small supermarket as the name suggests – Kaufland means like ‘buying land’.

Then I saw my first tram in Heidelberg – I’ve been videos of them, and there were also trams in Austria, but not actually here. People cross the tram lines like they cross the road- yet from what I’ve seen so far, only sometimes there are traffic lights to cross the tram lines.

Also the traffic lights make a small beep, perhaps so people can locate where they are by sound. Unlike in London where there are black buttons to touch in order to activate the traffic light, and grey spinny-cones that spin underneath when the green light is on.

In Germany a triangular shape on a circle button is to be felt under the traffic light box marked with a hand and ‘Bitte Berühren’, please touch. The button is the same as the accessible crossing thing, which is pretty cool. All you do is press that button underneath. This button lightly vibrates instead of spins when the light turns green.

I’ heard that Germans were quite strict when it came to not crossing at the red man – apparently -beim Rot must du stehen, beim Grün kannst du gehen’. That wasn’t always the case with people I saw but hey, I’ll stay on the safe side.

 

We got to our hotel and had a look around. We’re on the third floor, from where we got quite a good view of the nearby tram station. I’m probably gonna use that when we go to the University of Heidelberg, although for now we couldn’t find out which trams went there…

Despite that, we had a little shop around, and went to two supermarkets –  Scheck-in Center and Aldi- where we brought natural mineral water (ohne Kohelnsäure- without carbon dioxide- for a non-fizzy drink)- while my mum opted for the Sprüdel, which is fizzy. There were some things I knew from home, such as Haribos, the originally German sweets, Madeleine ‘finger’ cakes, and Ritz biscuits – however others were a bit different from what I’m used to.

Looking at the receipt, we could give the bottes we brought back to the shop one they were finished- and get back 0.25 each bottle! That’s called Pfand, and giving back Pfandflashchen in quite common in Germany, and it may be introduced in the UK to increase recycling. Let’s see if we remember to bring the empty bottles back!

 

We also went to the Stadtbücherei – Heidelberg Library – where we and my mum grabbed some German children’s books and settled down to read- like we used to do when I was little- expect this time I was teaching my mum how to read (in German)! We read ‘Kleiner Bär, Kleiner Bär, wer siehst du da?’  and ‘Tiere ABC’ – both illustrated by Eric Clark, the same author and illustrator who wrote the Very Hungry Caterpillar – one of my most read books when I was around three – also with a German version called Kleine Raupe Nimmersat who made a surprise cameo in one of the books. We also read

Deciding to practice my German reading skills, we filmed both of these. You can find them down below with English subtitles on the video and in the description. I think I did pretty good!

 

(Oh yeah, while reading ‘Kleiner Bär’ a little German girl asked us if she could have my mum’s chair! 😊 I told her she couldn’t use our chairs, but she could get another from behind us. As she played with a magnetic alphabet board behind us, we continued reading.)

 

I still like reading kids books in German – I think its because I love stories, and with a young child’s book you can find out what kind of stories the next generation use to learn to read- and of course, anyone learning that language! Reading’s fun, and some of the good younger kid’s books have that perfect mixture of being short enough to understand in the other language, with potentially important words that you need to know in every day – while being narratively exciting enough to hold attention even when you know what’s going to happen at the end… or you think you do! As a future dual-language writer, I think I wanna start by translating some of my old kid’s stories into German.

 

Though older children’s books have that on a larger scale, with more challenging vocab and more interesting stories. We left the library and I managed to find a German version of a book in one of my favourite series – Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter! It’s called Morgenrote (Twilight, pretty sure I read the English version).  Add to my ever-growing German book collection… and going to read it at nightime!

 

Then we went back to the hotel and after Skyping my family back home, I think my mum fell asleep after our many adventures out while I typed this blog post and watched a German TV show, ‘Plotzlich arm, plotzlich reich’, a version of ’Rich house, poor house’. a show that we watch at home.

 

Next time… We’ll go to Heidelberg University!

 

 

 

Adventures in Heidelberg: 1. London to Frankfurt

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We had to wake up at around 4’o clock – yes 4am in the morning- to get to the airport! The cab-driver was very friendly though, and drove us directly there. He said he was also a student by day, cab driver by night.

When we got to Stansted airport, we stood in one boarding line before everyone was called over to another boarding line- at the end of this line we showed our passports, explained we didn’t have any suspicious stuff in our suitcases, and put the suitcase on a conveyor belt to be taken to its own plane.

We asked if there was any disability assistance at the airport, which there luckily was, as we needed to be able to sit together, instead of my mum sitting at the front of the plane with me at the back! Yup, our tickets had literally been like that. However, we were able to ask the cabin crew to change our seats so we could sit together at the back.

Then there was more checking- we went through a gate, showing our passports again, then to the conveyor belt where we took off or bags and coat, putting them in trays for inspection. While this was done we went through the metal detector – and mine beeped suggesting I had some metal on me. Still can’t tell whether it was my short white cane or the slightly metal clips in my hair 😉. Someone said that even their watches or glasses had set off the metal detector, and it wasn’t unusual to set it off. Basically all that happens when something metal is found, is that you take off your shoes and go into this small cabin-like thing, with your feet on two yellow footstep-areas. Then I raised my arms when they told me, and the mechanism must’ve scanned me to check for any metal, later which a lady whose job it probably was to be nice patted down my legs and arms, just to double check, saying it also worked as a massage. 😊
So, no metal on me, and we got through relatively quickly. We received the bags and coats, then went into the terminal waiting area, browsing the shops briefly on the way, where my first video was taken.

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I picked up a bottle of water and a newspaper at WH Smiths, my favourite bookshop and newspaper shop, to browse during the long wait for our flight to Frankfurt-Hahn airport. The flight started at 6:45.
The airport board is kind of confusing at the start, not to mention that it contains tiny glowing writing, which more looks like a picture than any kind of text – however we found a closer one that I walked right up to- and my mum explained how our specific flight slowly crept up the board until the actual time of boarding was shown.

It was a long wait, but we made it on the plane, and were allowed to sit together at the back near the engines! The flight itself was actually quick, under 1 hour apparently (yet it felt quicker because we brought the clocks forward to the local time in Germany (+1 hour from the UK).
My inner cloudspotter was also having a good time, as the video shows!
There it was that we landed at Frankfurt Hahn Flughafen.

OK. To be honest I still wasn’t really thinking ‘Oh wow, we’re actually in Germany!’ Obviously I knew we were (the flight over the British Channel and everything) but it didn’t really hit me, even as we passed through the entrance marked Auskunft in German along with Arrival in English. More so when I actually spoke in German to the person at the arrival desk so we could show our passport!! We had arrived indeed.

 

Next time – We’ll go to find our suitcases and get to Heidelberg!

 

Going to Germany!!

After years of studying the German language (and still not being entirely sure that I’d be understood by German people) I’m actually going to Germany for the first time! (I did go to Austria with my school but yeah, first time in Germany.) And specifically to the beautiful university town of Heidelberg, where I’m going to be studying next year.

These last few months have been taken up with preparation for my year abroad; for example, filling out an Erasmus form to apply for support I will need as a visually impaired student, filling in all the other forms (Germany loves its beaurocracy… as might any other country if you’re moving or studying abroad there) finding out the modules I’ll study within Germanistik im Kulturvergleich, wondering what things will actually be like when I get there…
That’s why I’m going for a quick test run before the actual study abroad date. The last time I travelled with my family was when I was younger, to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, so I really didn’t know what you needed to do to prepare for a flight.

Here’s that bit.
Things you need to do before travelling (that I didn’t know before): (list of 6 items)

  1.  Figure out what you’re going to do when you get there!
    This could be the most fun part, checking out different activities and opportunities to do things! I’ll definitely write more about what we do once we do it, but for now I’ll just say we’re going to the university, to different food shops around Heidelberg to sample the local cuisine, and to a performance in Heidelberg’s Literature Festival!
  2.  Find out (roughly!) where everything is.
    I used Google Maps to find some places – for instance the university, the international office, and the hotel.
    However I also used websites for local things – because not everything has been saved on Google Maps, particularly in Heidelberg. For example you can’t use Street Maps as consistently as you could in larger cities, for example Berlin, because not enough pictures have been taken and uploaded in other parts of Germany. However, there are enough in Heidelberg to navigate through different parts of the city that I can’t wait to visit for real!
  3.  Book the airport tickets.
    In case things don’t go to plan, I won’t say the names of my airports till after we go, but I will say we are getting onto a different airport than the one we’re getting off – both in England and in Germany. Unfortunately, we only discovered this AFTER we booked the bus that’ll take us to one of the airports… so my mum needed to re-book them.

Also we will have to wake up extremely early to be able to get there in time, which I realised by checking the time of departure, so always check the times of the flights there and back. It’ll be alright on the night… I hope.

  • Change your currency to the local currency. In my case that’ll be Euros.
  • I withdrew money from my bank, and I and my mum searched for a shop to convert it to Euros. Interestingly, different places or post offices may give you different rates, even though a Google search told me that the current rate was 1.13 Euros for every 1 pound. This may be because they can charge you more money – even within shops they may give you a lower rate of pound/Euro conversion if you pay less pounds, but a higher, better rate of pound/Euro conversion if you pay more pounds.

    Eventually that was sorted out though, and I got some Euros!

    I noticed the different pattern of bars on the side, with gaps in between each group of bars. This is so that blind and visually impaired people can tell apart different types of Euros by the feel of them. Also the 20 Euro note is blue, with the 100 Euros being orange and the 5 Euros being grey.

  • 5. Pack everything you’re going to bring with you.
  • I’ve been told that bringing too many suitcases may not be the best idea, as even if you’re travelling together they don’t come through the conveyor belt at the same time, so we’re going to try and fit all our luggage into one suitcase rather than wait at the airport. I’m also bringing my rucksack to pack things in if that isn’t enough space. Thinking of bringing some German books, my laptop, and a couple of other surprises that I hope I can share with you later!
    6. Practice the language of the country you’re going to (even if that’s just ‘Hello!’ and ‘where is the train station?’)
    Which I didn’t as much. Sorry. I thought I could German, meaning that I didn’t practice as much, preferring to play games (in German, though!) That said, once we get there, I will actually have to translate for my mum! Which is… cool, (yay, for once I can do something she needs), scary and potentially embarrassing, (If I get anything wrong we’re screwed),  humbling and interesting (so many kids have to teach their parents the language of the country they’re in… I’m just doing it on a non-permanent basis) but mostly awesome!

    That’s definitely not the end of the list by a long shot, and though I may sound prepared on here, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes that I’m just learning. So hopefully my first blog series will be detailing our adventures in Heidelberg!

    Bis dann, tchüss!!

     

    Video: Heidelberg in 3 Minuten by The Travellers (auf Deutsch)

    Video: Germany: One day in Heidelberg by T&A Travel Vlogs (in English)

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    WordPress uses Google Analytics to show data to website creators, including how many users visited a page, what URLs were clicked on, and the country in which the users live. This does not personally identify a user.
    This is an example of what I can see as a website creator:

    This is enabled using WordPress’s Site Insights, which does not collect any personal data. It collects psuedo-anoymous data, such as the country your computer is based in, what a user on your computer has clicked on, and other non-personal data that you can see as a WordPress admin.

    These are all the cookies that WordPress uses, and their purposes, as far as I can find them on https://automattic.com/cookies/:

    Advertising
    Cookie Purpose
    ads Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.
    lr_nw Counts and tracks pageviews on Longreads.com. Used to determine whether or not to show our Membership popup message.
    wordpress_eli Reduces the display of ads for repeat visitors.
    Please also see the section below on third party advertisements that you may see on our sites or sites that use our services.

    Analytics and Performance

    __pdvt Used in log of Polldaddy survey data to aid in debugging customer problems
    ab – Used for “AB testing” of new features.
    nux_flow_name- Identifies which user signup flow was shown to the user.
    tk_ni / tk_ai / tk_qs – Gathers information for WordPress’s own, first party analytics tool about how our services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.

    wp-affiliate-tracker Remembers the ID of the affiliate that referred the current user to WordPress.com
    utma / utmb / utmc / utmt / utmz / ga / gat / gid- Google Analytics. Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allow us to create a better experience for our visitors. WordPress’s users may also implement Google Analytics on their own websites. (I haven’t.)

    Functionality
    Cookie Purpose
    _longreads_prod_new Authentication for Longreads.com Member accounts. Only active when logged in, on *.longreads.com domains.
    akm_mobile Stores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.
    botdlang Used to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs in.
    landingpage_currency Defines the currency displayed in WordPress.com landing pages.
    pd_dashboard Records last used folder in Polldaddy dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.
    PD_USER_AUTH Login cookie used to identify Polldaddy user.
    wordpress_logged_in* Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.
    wp-settings-{user_id} Persists a user’s wp-admin configuration.
    wp_sharing_{id} Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.
    Security
    Cookie Purpose
    csrftoken Python/Ajax security cookie used on accounts.longreads.com.
    Strictly Necessary
    Cookie Purpose
    country_code Used in order to determine whether or not the cookie banner should be shown. Set immediately on page load and retained for 6 hours to remember the visitor’s country.

    sensitive_pixel_option Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.

    twostep_auth- Set when the user is logged in using two factor authentication.
    wordpress_test_cookie -Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.

    Third Party Plug-in Cookies
    I will attempt to remove social media advertising cookies that track users across the web.

    If I enable a Facebook button, such as a ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ button, then Facebook cookies such as ‘fr’ will be enabled on the website.
    If I enable a Twitter button, then Twitter cookies

    Deleting Any Cookies:
    You can delete these cookies from your browser by:
    clicking on the ‘View Site Information’ link at the top-left side of the page, then the ‘Cookies (X in use)’ link, where X is the number of cookies used.
    Then you can expand the names of websites that are using cookies on the website used. For example, google.co.uk may be running Google Analytics cookies.
    Unfortunately the list of website that use cookies on any given site doesn’t seem accessible by screen-reader unless you click on a name specifically.

    If I write about you

    …in The Blog of Things, or Access The Arts DHM 2017 ,or Play The Music DHM 2018… or any of my current or future blog posts…

    All blog posts are accessible via the internet and can in theory by read by anyone with an internet connection. However, blog posts may contain personal information shared by other sources. This is why I will attempt to

    When it is practical for me to do so, I may attempt to contact you- after I have written the article – in order to let you know that I’ve written an informal article about you. You are then completely allowed to:
    • Tell me not to write the blog post.
    • Ask me to include something, in which case I will
    • Ask me not to include something.
    I will write what is in your legitimate interest, the legitimate interest of my readers, and my legitimate interest – in that order.

    I will keep the method of contacting you, for example email, for 1 month. This is because I may not contact you straight away. Afterwards I will delete your email
    If you don’t want me to contact you again, you should explicitly tell me, for instance in the subject or in the text body. If you do not respond I will assume you don’t want further contact, and delete your email.

    I will always base what I write on one or more credible sources, the majority of which may be online sources, and attempt to fact-check these to the best of my ability. However if you wish to consent anything then please get in touch.

    Personal data
    I will refrain from including any personal data about you, even if it can be defined to be relevant in the blog post. In any blog post I will act upon any request from you that says you don’t want your data on that blog post.

    For example:

    In my Disability History Month blogs I may write about specific personal information, including your occupation, health, and country. If you or someone know you have explicitly stated you do not want any specific personal information to be shared, or if you have stated you do not want to be associated with a piece of work, I will have to remove their information.

    I may state your language or the country you live in, if this is relevant to the blog post.

    Important – You can contest this ‘relevance’ at any time if you feel it is not relevant.
    After you contest this, I will then delete the method of contact if you want me to, or if a person in connection with you wants to, or if I want to.

    I may link to websites, videos or other media about you – unless you tell me that you do not want to associated with a piece of work for any reason.

    You have the right to be forgotten, so if you don’t want anything about you online, you can tell me and I will delete the blog post.

    I will delete my blog posts within 1 month if they do not meet these standards.

    The reasons I would not contact you include:
    If I believe contacting you isn’t possible or practical for me.

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