Accessibility

Eyelevel Access Notes

Summary

Eyelevel is located at 100-5663 Cornwallis Street in the North end of Halifax NS, which is on K’jipuktuk, unceded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaq territory. Eyelevel strives to accommodate the needs of our visitors as best as possible, mitigating the barriers to access. In order to send an inquiry of our facilities or feedback about your experience, please contact Eyelevel director, Julia McMillan at director@eyelevel.art or by phone at (902)425-6412.

No doors on Eyelevel’s premises are automatic. To enter our space, use the entrance located on the right side of the parking lot. There are 3 steps leading up to our main entrance. Eyelevel’s space is a single level, with multiple rooms.

Two all-gender, private bathrooms are located through a door, a flight of stairs, another door, and down the hall. A second set of all-gender private bathrooms are located on ground level through a separate building entrance in the corner of the parking lot. There is a level change leading to this entrance. There is another doorway before reaching the bathrooms. These bathrooms are more accessible than the upstairs bathrooms, as they are easier to maneuver and have handle bars. Still, the doorways only have a 29” clearance and the sink, paper towel, and soap are hard to reach from seated position. There is a sharps container in one of the floor-level bathrooms for the disposal of syringes.

Unless advertised otherwise, Eyelevel’s programming and events are in English only. Sign language, transcriptions, braille, and written translation is not currently a regular part of Eyelevel’s programming. If you require language services in order to access our programming, please reach out, and Eyelevel will work to accommodate these needs.

Eyelevel wants to ensure our visitors and members feel safe, welcome, and comfortable in our spaces and at our events. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. If you require immediate assistance, please call or text Eyelevel’s direct line at 902-425-6412. If you would like to contact Eyelevel’s Human Resource committee with a confidential complaint, please email our HR representative, Julie Hollenbach at jhollenbach@nscad.com.

For more detailed accessibility information, please read the following.

Accessibility at Eyelevel

Facilities

During open hours and special events, Eyelevel’s staff are ready and willing to assist with physical access.

Appropriately identified service animals are always welcome in our space and at our events. Please let a staff member know if your service animal requires water or you need directions to an area where they can relieve themselves.

No doors on Eyelevel’s premises are automatic; they all require a push or pull. During special events, exterior doors will be propped open. To enter our space, use the entrance located on the right side of the parking lot. There are 3 steps leading up to our main entrance, which is 33” wide with a lever opener. Once inside the building, Eyelevel to the right, through a set of double-doors (each 35” wide with knobs.) Eyelevel’s space is a single level, with multiple rooms. Each interior door frame can accommodate the minimum requirement for wheelchair users (32”). The only exception of this is the studio; it’s clearance is impeded by the door itself, accommodating 30” at its narrowest point.   

Bathrooms

Two all-gender, private bathrooms are located through a door (34” with knob), a flight of stairs, another door (29” with knob), and down the hall. Both bathrooms have door knobs, the doorway on the left has a clearance of 30”, and the right has 29”. Neither of these bathrooms have a handle bar, and sink, paper towel, and soap are hard to reach from seated position.

A second set of all-gender private bathrooms are located on ground level through a separate building entrance in the corner of the parking lot. There is a level change leading to this entrance, which has a handleset door opener, and a clearance of 34” at narrowest. There is another doorway with a 29” clearance before reaching the bathrooms. These bathrooms are more accessible than the upstairs bathrooms, as they are easier to maneuver and have handle bars. Still, the doorways only have a 29” clearance and the sink, paper towel, and soap are hard to reach from seated position. There is a sharps container in one of the floor-level bathrooms for the disposal of syringes.

Transportation

Bus routes 82 and 5 pass by Eyelevel’s location, as they travel up and down Cornwallis Street. Stop #6508 (Cornwallis Street before North Park Street) is located across the street from Eyelevel. Stop #6504 (Cornwallis Street before Maynard Street) is located just down the street from Eyelevel.

Our office building has a parking lot in front. The parking spaces are reserved 24/7 for those who rent them. Eyelevel currently does not have a spot rented, however, there is a 15 minute limit parking space located directly in front of Eyelevel's entrance that can be used for pick ups and drop offs.

The sidewalks and crosswalks outside of Eyelevel are pedestrian-friendly.

Language Barriers

Unless advertised otherwise, Eyelevel’s programming and events are in English only, and staff members are only required to speak and write fluently in English. However, Eyelevel’s director, Julia McMillan, is also fluent in spoken and written French. Eyelevel aims to use plain language and clear communication in all correspondences and program support material.

Sign language, transcriptions, braille, and written translation is not currently a regular part of Eyelevel’s programming. If you require language services in order to access our programming, please contact Julia McMillan at director@eyelevel.art or by phone at (902)425-6412, and Eyelevel will work to accommodate these needs.

Online Accessibility

Eyelevel aims to improve online accessibility on our website and social media but we’ve yet to develop a web accessibility strategy.

Allergies

As a public space, Eyelevel cannot guarantee our location is free of allergens.  We discourage staff, board, volunteers, and guests from using scented products, or bringing in food and animals that are known to be allergens.

Financial Access

Eyelevel has no entrance fees during regular hours. The majority of our public programming is free to the public, with few exceptions for ticketed events. We aim to offer pay-what-you-can (PWYC) entry when we can, but have yet to work out a consistent system. Please contact us if you have concerns about accessing a ticketed event due to financial barriers and we will do our best to accommodate you. We want visitors from all backgrounds to feel welcome at Eyelevel, including those who are systematically, sporadically, or temporarily facing financial barriers.

As a members-led organization, membership drives much of our activity. Click here to learn more about membership benefits. We offer paid memberships through Patreon. We recognize that paying for a membership is financially unattainable for some, and/or they would prefer a more purpose-driven involvement with the organization. For this reason, we offer a $0 volunteer membership, in exchange for 6 hours of work every 6 months. To become involved as a volunteer, please fill out this form.  

Currently, Eyelevel does not have the capacity to consistently offer childcare at our public events. We do, however, recognize the cost associated with childcare and would like to minimize this barrier. We welcome parents to bring their children to events to which they deem appropriate for their children to attend. We will advertise on a per-event basis for events at which we are providing free child care.

Safer Spaces

Eyelevel wants to ensure our visitors and members feel safe, welcome, and comfortable in our spaces and at our events. We do not tolerate discrimination in any form, including but not limited to: racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, queerphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, or sexual harassment of any kind. If you require immediate assistance, please call or text Eyelevel’s direct line at 902-425-6412. If you would like to contact Eyelevel’s Human Resource committee with a confidential complaint, please email our HR representative, Julie Hollenbach at jhollenbach@nscad.com.

During events where intensity of subject matter is expected, Eyelevel has begun to provide a “decompression space” where stimulus is reduced, and seating is available in the event that someone needs to take respite. In addition to this, Eyelevel aims to notify visitors of triggering subject matter through the use of “content warnings.”

Although much of our programming is all-ages, Eyelevel occasionally operates a bar with a special events licence, and stores alcohol on site. We do not allow or condone the use of outside alcohol or illegal substances on the premises.

Eyelevel has begun to involve volunteers who are trained in bystander intervention to work events that are deemed to be high-risk, such as one where alcohol is present. These individuals identify, interrupt, deescalate, and respond to potentially harmful situations.