Break and Farewell

With this post we say goodbye to Facebook. The reasons: Most people follow us on Instagram or read along on our website, where all posts are always posted under “News”. In addition, a baby now demands a lot of attention.

In this baby break, we as a team will look back at the last few years of our work, reflect on it and adjust it. The insights will then flow directly into the present and the future, where we are planning a big inclusion project as a growing association. Remains to say: Thank you for following, sharing and liking and see you soon on Instagram or our website!

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A photo with text. The photo shows the upper body of Stefanie Wiens. The picture is cropped from the chest to the hips. Stefanie has a big baby bump and her hands are on it. Between her hands she holds a bright red autumn leaf. She wears a blue-gray dress, a gray woolen scarf and her nails are painted red. In the background there are indistinct autumn leaves and water in which trees are reflected.
Above the lower part of the photo is placed a slightly transparent white rectangle and the following text: “We are taking a break. – The <Platz da!> team”

Joining the association now possible

As announced, joining the association is possible from this new year 2022. So if you are interested in supporting inclusion and its implementation, you are welcome to join us!
There are various ways to get involved in the association. Would you like to participate in projects? Then you are welcome as an active member. You would like to support us, but cannot personally participate in projects for various reasons? Then simply become a supporting member of the association.

If you would like more information, please contact Anne Kettwig, who we introduced here in the last post.
She can be reached at: kettwig.platzda@mailbox.org.

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A photo with text superimposed over it. The photo shows a group of people in the park. The sun is shining and everyone is dressed in summer clothes. Most are sitting in a row on two park benches and some are standing behind the benches holding a large placard.
The group consists of “colorful” people of all colors and shapes from e.V. ; ) Everyone is cheering and laughing.
Above it the following text can be read in a white box: “2022 join the e.V.!”.

Great brochure “Disability in the Playbook”

This brochure from Diversity Arts Culture is already from last year, but a reference to it is never too late, as it is absolutely worth reading.

In six interviews, different people with disabilities talk about their experiences in the cultural sector: it’s about their way into the cultural sector, as well as barriers in it and wishes for it. Here is the link to read it yourself as an accessible PDF: Behinderung im Spielplan

And please do not forget while reading that there are many people with disabilities who cannot report about their experiences in the cultural sector, because they simply never found a way in and therefore have no experiences!

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First photo. The front of the brochure from Diversity Arts Culture can be seen. It has a rectangular landscape format and the cover is designed with dark blue and purple polygons. Written on it in Braille as well as blackface is “Disability in the Playbook / Access to the Arts / A Brochure from Diversity Arts Culture.”

Second photo. The photo shows an excerpt from the brochure. To be read is the quote “Disability in itself is not yet art.” in white lettering on a purple form.

Change behind the scenes

Mirjam Ottlewski has moved full time to the district inclusion level…leaving a bag full of relaxation, colorful flowers and beautiful memories. Thank you, Miri, for your dedication and commitment to <Platz da!> and glad you continue to be with us as a founding member of the association.

As organizational support and 2nd chairperson of the association, Anne Kettwig is now with us. Nice to have you here and feel free to introduce yourself here : )

“I am Anne, 35 years old, live with my family in Leipzig and support Steffi. We studied culture and management together and I am glad that our paths crossed again about a year ago. Professionally, I have already been on the road in several areas: bus tourism, project assistance for youth music projects or even sales of IT products. My main job has been working for a bank for a year now and I have a lot to do with computers and documentation. But I also like to let my thoughts revolve around creative and artistic ideas. Of course, there’s not really room for that in my job. So Steffi’s request if I would like to join came just in time. And here I am now : )”

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A collage of two photos:
On the left, a portrait photo of Anne Kettwig, the new organizational support and 2nd chairperson in the association. Her face and a small part of her upper body can be seen. Anne is turned to the side and turns her head to the camera smiling. She has bright red dyed half-length hair, wears glasses and a white-red-blue patterned scarf over a dark blue top.

The photo on the right shows Mirjam Ottlewski’s parting gift. A white gift bag with the logo is on a table. The logo is painted on the bag with black pen. Behind it is a bouquet of flowers with red and orange blossoms.

This year we will not send any written Christmas mail and would like to greet all our cooperation partners, customers and supporters with this message!

In the graphics we show how ” Happy days off” looks like in Braille, German Sign Language and the Lorm Alphabet.

To translate it yourself, here are the links:

From Black to Braille: https://www.brailletranslator.org/de.html

From spoken language to German Sign Language alphabet: https://fakoo.de/finger-namen.html

Info and instructions for the Lorm Alphabet:https://www.dbsv.org/lormen.html

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1. In a gray frame, in black on a white background, is the text: “Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and happy days off to you!” Below is placed the black icon of a snowflake. Behind the frame white snowflakes are falling down as a video animation.

2. Black text on a white background: “” Happy Days Off” in Braille (or Braille for the Blind):” Below that, a picture of the phrase in Braille. Lastly, the link to the website to translate yourself blackface to braille: www.brailletranslator.org/

3. Black text on a white background: “” Happy Days Off,” spelled out in German Sign Language: “Below that, a picture of the sentence in sign language. Lastly, the link to the website to translate yourself spoken language into German Sign Language alphabet: www.fakoo.de/finger-namen.html

4. Black text on white background: “Try to lorm yourself “Beautiful free days” in your hand (tactile alphabet deaf-blind people)” Below that a picture of the Lorm Alphabet. Finally the link to the picture and more info about the Lorm Alphabet: www.dbsv.org/lormen.html