I saw a post recently where a woman said she felt extremely uncomfortable at a fiber festival because of the political talk. I have ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety Disorder. I feel very uncomfortable in an environment where there is tension. The only tension I’m concerned about is my knitting tension. I have not visited my LYS in a while because, quite frankly, I knit to alleviate anxiety. Also, I am a political scientist. Sometimes I hear comments being made that are misguided or false, but I do not want to have to confront and correct someone. It’s time we realized that not everyone thinks and feels the same as we do no matter how right we think we are. Can we please apply diversity to thought, too?
Here’s a suggestion for those with mobility issues. Because our local military commissary serves so many vets (especially elderly) with mobility issues, they have a policy of opening their doors early for those in need of special assistance. It can be difficult to try to navigate a crowd if you need some sort of device to get around. This gives those folks an opportunity to shop in a less crowded environment and employees are more free to provide assistance. I know it’s difficult to set up large events with vendors and still have access for those who aren’t able to get around easily. Maybe this could help? Just a thought. Also, if you know of fiber artists fluent in sign language for the hearing impaired, that could be a plus. It helps if the person signing knows the lingo.