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Making Events Accessible

By Robbert Graham

If you are preparing to deliver a presentation at an event, it is important to ensure that it will be accessible for all. This means that any barriers which could exclude members of your audience have been removed.

A considerable number of people throughout the world have visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive disabilities. Considering this, it is essential to make allowances for people with disabilities when delivering presentations and hosting events.

It is important you are aware that members of your audience may not be able to see, hear, move, speak, or understand the information being presented. With this in mind it is vital that these people can participate, enjoy, and learn from your presentation in the same way as everyone else in the audience.

Thinking about making your presentation content more inclusive to diverse people in attendance will ensure your presentation is accessible to all.

A short list of these allowances is listed below:
• Organisers should ensure the remote platform and the in-person venue is accessible.
• The speakers describe pertinent visual information.
• Participants speak clearly into a good quality microphone.
• Provide material in alternative formats such as large print or braille if requested.
• Make media fully accessible, including audio and video used in sessions and recordings of sessions provided afterwards

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops guidelines which are widely regarded as the international standard for web accessibility and there are several useful links provided the on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative website.

To view the information about Making Events Accessible, click here.

Alternatively, if you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team on (01) 415 12 85 or e-mail [email protected].