Colorful illustration of five women of different skin tones holding hands, the one on the right sitting in a wheelchair with her hand in the air.

Please find our current Accessibility Efforts below.

Website and Social Media
Virtual Events
Live Events
Online Courses
No Harassment Policy

Website and Social Media

  • We are adding written descriptions for images going forward, starting on 5/5/2020, and will work to add them on previous posts on TheIntimacyDojo.com as time permits.
  • We have transcripts for most of our videos posted and continue to add more and time and finances allow.
  • We make sure that text contrast on images is at least 3:1 and is large to allow easier reading.

Virtual Events

  • For online Events, we have facilitators and/or support people to help monitor the chats in Zoom to support people that have questions or concerns. For interactive events, we also have support people monitor (15 minutes before and during the event only) a separate email so they can provide technical and emotional support. Facilitators and support staff are personally vetted and experienced providing emotional-support… And are not medically or psychologically trained.
  • During interactive events with breakout rooms, the instructions are messaged to the breakout groups as well as shared verbally before the individual exercises.
  • You can dial in by phone or by computer to these events.
  • Captioning during Virtual Events is something we are evaluating. The cost of doing so is quite high at this time and is not included in these events. ALS may be available for some events if there is advanced notice that there are attendees who need this service.
  • We use Zoom for Virtual Events. Due to cost we are not using transcription or closed captioning. Other information on Accessibility on Zoom can be found here: https://zoom.us/accessibility
  • If you have specific needs, please let us know by emailing Cathy at Cathy@TheIntimacyDojo.com to discuss how we can best accommodate your needs.

Live Events

  • For events run in San Jose, there are 3 steps (total of 24″ going into the house) and a threshold barrier of 5/8″ at the front door. There is no ramp at this time. There is a sturdy railing. (We continue to look for a sturdy affordable solution for this. If you have ideas, they are welcome).

    Image of threshold entry at front door with a 5/8″ raise.

  • There are also 3 steps of similar height in the back of the house going to the yard with a threshold barrier of 5/8″. There is a sturdy railing there as well.
    Within the house on the main (and only floor), there is a restroom that has a doorway that is 32″ wide. There are no grab bars in the restroom. There is a sturdy counter next to the toilet that is 36″ high. There is 32″ in front of the counter and the toilet is in an open space 32″ across.
  • There is a hallway through the house that is at least 32″ wide. Sometimes it can get congested as people are moving to different locations. We do our best to keep the space clear of shoes (bin by the front door but not blocking it) and people’s personal items (shelving to the side of one room in a place where it doesn’t block the flow of people).
  • Please let us know if you’d like to have a spot reserved near the front or back of the group or closest to the restroom. (email Cathy@TheIntimacyDojo.com ).

    Image of bathroom showing dimensions of room.

    Image of bathroom showing dimensions of room.

  • There is ample parking near the house, with sidewalks. If you need a spot closer to the house, we recommend you arrive a bit early for the event as the nearby spots get filled. The curbs are cut at the cross-streets. My house is 3rd from the corner. There is no vegetation blocking the sidewalks near my home.
  • There are no designated accessible parking spots near the venue.
  • Once in the house, everything is on the same story, with only a threshold barrier (less than 1/4″ going into the guest and master bedroom/bathroom). There are no thresholds into the other rooms that are open to attendees.
  • I am a person of size and have a number of sturdy seats that are friendly to larger people. Please let us know if you would like our assistance reserving one for you for the event. We have 2 heavy duty office chairs with arms (rated to 400lbs), 4 straight-backed wooden chairs with no arms, a wide leather ottoman and chair, and a leather couch.
  • We encourage low/no scent for attendees and when we encounter people who wear scented products, we ask them to wash the products off. We reserve the right to ask people who won’t or can’t remove the scent to leave with a refund the first time this happens, and with no refund if the pattern is repeated.

    Image of the 1/4″ threshold at entry to Master Bath and Bedroom.

  • Laundry and garbage bags used in the house are low/no scent.
  • Candles used are soy wax, unscented.
  • We label food that we know is gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, Kosher or other considerations. Attendees bring food to share, and while we encourage people to share ingredients, English is a second language for some attendees and event organizers are not responsible for the ingredients in those dishes. Please be responsible for your own safety when partaking. You are welcome to bring your own food. There is limited space in the onsite refrigerator for food. Please label food that is not to be shared.
  • There is a small cat who lives in the space. If you are allergic, you are welcome to bring allergy medicine.
  • As this is a private home with a resident cat, we regret that we cannot provide access for support animals at this time.
  • No photos are taken at these events unless we have one with those who choose to be in a group photo at the end of the event. No strobes or flash are used other than the end of event photo where sometimes a phone flash is used. An announcement will be made if the flash will be used and we will give time for people to excuse themselves from the space if the flash is a concern.
  • The event location is near Oakland Road and Hedding Road in San Jose, Ca. You can find the area on Google maps here if that helps. (Exact location emailed to ticket holders at time of purchase. Location is not shared here to protect the privacy of those who live there).

Online Courses:

  • We are adding written descriptions for images beginning on 5/5/2020.
  • We have transcripts for most of our paid videos/webinars and continue to add more as time and finances allow.
  • We make sure that text contrast on images is at least 3:1 and is large to allow easier reading.
  • We make sure that the slides used are clear and easy to read.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Cathy at Cathy@TheIntimacyDojo.com.

Resources for Making Events More Accessible that I found useful (Thank you to Cassandra Perry from https://dasanetwork.org/ for amazing suggestions and insights).

https://www.vfairs.com/an-accessible-inclusive-virtual-events-platform-vfairs/
https://rootedinrights.org/how-to-make-your-virtual-meetings-and-events-accessible-to-the-disability-community/
https://www.adahospitality.org/accessible-meetings-events-conferences-guide/book
https://neighborhoodanarchists.org/facilitation
https://www.autostraddle.com/how-to-be-disabled-according-to-stock-photography-368144

What is your no harassment policy? TheIntimacyDojo is committed to offering experiences as free from harassment as we can make it regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, race, size, religion, nationality, or social class. We do not tolerate harassment of participants or staff in any form. Anyone violating these rules may be expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers. We also reserve the right to ban individuals who violate this policy from our events temporarily or permanently, depending on the severity of the incident and the level of harm.

These events are designed to be “brave spaces” where you can challenge yourself, lean into your growth edges, feel vulnerable, and empower yourself to learn. Feeling unsafe because you are growing and pushing your own edges is not the same as being harassed.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to any characteristics mentioned above, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following and failing to respect someone’s no, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention.

All facilitators and volunteer staff at TheIntimacyDojo events (Virtual and In-person) are made aware of this policy and have agreed to follow it and report any violations to the organizer(s). Posters sharing this are posted information are posted at in-person events, and the information is shared verbally and/or in writing on virtual events. If you have any information about violations or suggestions for upgrades, you can share them by emailing support@TheIntimacyDojo.com or anonymously at TheIntimacyDojo.com/feedback.