How accessible is your event? Meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act is not nearly enough to fully accommodate attendees with differing abilities. For this week’s episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, we spoke with Rosemarie Rossetti, an accessibility expert and consultant who travels globally to discuss inclusive meetings and events and Universal Design.
Among points we discussed:
- The value of doing a run-through of your meeting from the perspective of a wheelchair;
- Physical space details to consider, such as height of registration desks or the direction in which a door opens;
- How to use “person-first” language when referencing people with disabilities;
- Why new-builds or renovations should consider a Universal Design approach; and
- How to ensure that your whole team is trained on meeting the needs of attendees with different abilities.
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For further info, check out Rosemarie's presentation at the MPI World Education Congress in Toronto on “Accommodating People with Disabilities at Meetings and Events.”