Riot Act believes that in order to dismantle and destroy the present forms of inequality, exploitation, and oppression that we face, our movements must include and be accessible to anyone who wants to be part of them. We believe it is essential to center accessibility in our work and not just include it as an afterthought or only if asked. Here is some basic accessibility info for the store:
IS RIOT ACT
We do not currently consider the shop fully wheelchair accessible, though some folks in wheelchairs have been able to access it. We are currently working with the Bundy Museum to improve this access as soon as possible. There is a long ramp leading to the platform outside the front door and then a lip of several inches to get in the door to the building. We do have a small removable ramp that can be put into place to get over this lip, but it is fairly steep and not fixed in place. The outer doors open outward and are not automatic but if you would like assistance with them (or would like us to put the small removable ramp in place) you can ring the doorbell and our staff is happy to assist.
Once inside the building, the door of our store is to the left and it is often propped open during store hours (but if not we are happy to open it for you if you knock). The door to the store is about 30” wide. The store is one small room with no steps. There is a narrow shelf unit in the middle and the aisle is approximately 36” wide (or more) throughout.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
There is street parking on Cedar St and you can come through the driveway next to Binghamton Photo to get to Riot Act. You can also come through the Main Street Baptist Church parking lot and park in their lot. Photos/map coming soon.
ARE THERE SPACES TO SIT DOWN IN THE STORE?
There is usually one rolling office chair in the store, and there is more seating in the main room of the Bundy Annex, just down the hall on the same level. There are also usually some chairs and a picnic table outside of the building.
HOW LOUD IS THE STORE?
Since we are still limiting shoppers so we can maintain social distancing, the store is usually pretty quiet in terms of conversational noise. There is often music, of varying degrees of loudness, played over a speaker system at the store and we are happy to turn it down upon request.
There are two individual, gender-neutral bathrooms in the Bundy Annex building on the same level as the store. These bathrooms have very narrow doorways and are not wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible bathroom in the Bundy Museum visitors center (building on the corner of Cedar St & Main St).
IS THE STORE FRAGRANCE FREE?
The store is not fragrance free although we ask our volunteers not to wear strongly scented products when they are working a store shift. Currently the hand sanitizer and hand soap dispensers contain products with fragrances in them but we are hoping to work with the Bundy Museum to switch over to fragrance free alternatives.
IS ONLINE ORDERING AVAILABLE?
If you are not able to or do not want to come into the store, you can place an order online for pick-up or local delivery. More info here: https://www.riotactbooks.com/inventory
ARE YOUR LIVE EVENTS ACCESSIBLE?
This is a work in progress. We mostly show movies that have subtitles/captions, however occasionally we may show movies that don’t if we think the content is really important and no captioned alternatives exist. We do not currently have sign language interpreters for most events but we would like to change this. Currently the only option we are aware of is quite costly but we are actively seeking other options. Feel free to email us prior to an event with specific questions or requests related to accessibility, or with general ideas about how to improve accessibility.
We are still learning and there are many types of accessibility, so we know that there are things we have missed. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions, questions, or specific accessibility or accommodation wants or needs..