These venues are for preliminary bouts. Finals bout venues coming soon.
The Democracy Center
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138
Physical Accessibility of Democracy Center:
A ramp is located on the DeWolfe St side of the building. The ramp varies between 43-45 inches width between the handrails. There is an automatic door opener on the DeWolfe St accessible entrance. Threshold ramps have also been installed into the Democracy Center.
The bathroom is not ADA compliant. The internal hallways vary between 27 inches to 31 inches wide. The bathroom door is 30 inches wide and there is not sufficient clearance to turn around for many users. There are grab rails 36 inches from the floor, the toilet seat is 16.5 inches off the floor (not ADA compliant).
In the meantime, our neighbors at Daedalus welcome event participants to use their bathroom. This can be accessed by exiting the ramp, turning left onto Bow St, and then left into the next building past the Democracy Center. The bathroom will be on your right. We recognize this option is not sufficient or in line with our values.
For additional information, visit The Democracy Center’s Website.
Friends Meeting at Cambridge
45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Physical Accessibility of Friends Meeting House :
To the meeting house, there is a paved entryway to the door. However, the entrance to the paved section is uneven and pictured below to help folks decide if it is accessible for them. Please use caution when entering/exiting the sidewalk.
The door to the meeting house has an automated door opener. The doorway is 34 inches wide.
To the friends center, there is an inclined, paved entryway to the door as well as stairs. The doorway is 34 inches wide. When entering the friends center, please note there is a 1 inches lip in the doorway.
The width of the entrance to the upstairs bathroom is 28 inches.
The width of the entrance to the downstairs bathroom is 35 inches. To access the bathroom, please note that the elevator entrance is 35 inches wide.
Both bathrooms will have scent-free soap available.
There are two designated accessible parking spaces located in the front of the Meeting House.
Other Accessibility Notes:
Soft spaces will be provided at the event locations for those who would like a calming space. We will provide fidgets, molding clay, glitter jars and other mindfulness aids.
FEMS asks that attendees refrain from wearing strong fragrances to FEMS tournament events. We want to ensure our spaces are accessible to those who have chemical or other sensitivities. Medical nose and mouth masks are available for those who need them. Please notify event staff or visit the ‘soft space’ area.
We will also provide scent-free soaps in our bathrooms.
We recognize that poetry slams can be loud and sensorily stimulating. We will provide individually wrapped ear plugs at each location. Please notify event staff or visit the ‘soft space’ area.
For more information, visit Friends Meeting’s website.
FEMS is dedicated to seeing accessibility of our tournament improve each year. We more than welcome your feedback to ensure this happens. For suggestions, concerns, and questions, please contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Jeni Prater, at firstname.lastname@example.org.