Access Info

WePress is committed to maintaining accessibility for people marginalized class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. Read more about our mission here…

This means that by occupying the space at WePress, you agree to create  a safer space for others by engaging with compassion, listening, and physically creating space.

Physical Access
Washroom
Interpretation
Chemicals
Concerns
Goals

Physical Access

WePress is on the 2nd floor of the Sun Wah Centre in Chinatown. When you enter on the street, the main entrance has automatic doors. When you turn left from the main entrance, there is a ramp leading to the elevator. The ramp is 32″ wide from wall to handrail.

The elevator door is 42″ wide. The inside of the elevator car is 50″ x 80″ and there are handrails inside. There are no braille plates for the elevator buttons. The numbers are raised.

If you are entering the elevator from the parkade, the door leading to the elevator vestibule is not automatic and must be opened by the door knob. This door is 32″ on each level. There is an reserved parking spot for people with disabilities next to the elevator on each level.

WePress is in unit 202 on the second floor. It is across the floor from the elevator, past the escalator.

The door to WePress is 32″ wide. This is the narrowest space a person must pass through. If you are attending a letterpress workshop, please note that the height of the press is 38″.

Washroom

The washroom is on the 3rd floor and is accessible by elevator or stairs. It is locked, and the key is in the WePress space. The washrooms are not gender neutral and are shared by the Sun Wah Centre 2nd floor businesses. The women’s and men’s washrooms each have one accessible stall and one other stall. The accessible stall has a handrail. The door of the accessible stall is 33″ wide. To enter the washroom, you pass through two doors about 31″ wide each.

Interpretation

If you require ASL interpretation please contact as early as possible, but no later than 2 weeks prior to the workshop, so that we may try to book an interpreter.

Chemicals

WePress is not accessible to people with Multiple Chemical Sensitives due to the the use of letterpress ink and some solvent. For details on the chemicals and inks used read the MSDS sheets:

https://www.gamblincolors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SDS-Etching-Litho-Relief-Inks.pdf

http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9926123

Concerns

WePress is a small 600 square foot space. The back room, which is about 150 square feet, is our computer lab. If you have any concerns about space, do not hesitate to contact us via email at wepressvancouver@gmail.com

Goals

Please know that as an accessible studio space, WePress’s space goals include:

  • Gender neutral washroom
  • More physical space for mobility equipment and wheelchairs
  • ASL and Chinese interpretation in workshops
  • Store front street level space

We hope to achieve these goals in Fall 2017 due to a space change and some grants we’ve applied for. We welcome feedback from the community and are always working to become more accessible.