Access Intimacy is a collaboration between costume designer Carly Everaert and singer and disability advocate Mira Thompson resulting in a series of “Access Intimacy” classes offered to students at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam and a public panel event on disability justice in arts and education. Access Intimacy is a term coined by the American-Korean disability justice thinker and writer Mia Mingus. She wrote in her blog Leaving Evidence in 2011:
That elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs. The kind of eerie comfort that your disabled self feels with someone on a purely access level. Sometimes it can happen with complete strangers, disabled or not, or sometimes it can be built over years. It could also be the way your body relaxes and opens up with someone when all your access needs are being met. It is not dependent on someone having a political understanding of disability, ableism or access. Some of the people I have experienced the deepest access intimacy with (especially able bodied people) have had no education or exposure to a political understanding of disability.
Building on this work, Mira and Carly are now creating a film version of the Access Intimacy workshop as a tool for other teachers to use in their own contexts.