Mon, 07/26/2021 1:10 p.m.
New guide to help people and organizations plan integrative, barrier-free events
The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities announced that it has released an accessible event guide to help people and organizations plan in-person and virtual events that are both inclusive and accessible. OPWDD is releasing the new guide to mark the upcoming 31st Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, schools, transportation, and all public and private locations open to the public.
“As we focus on our post-pandemic comeback, we are more focused than ever on creating an inclusive future where success and opportunity are accessible to all,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “The Accessible Event Guide developed by the Bureau for People with Developmental Disabilities is just one more way to ensure that all New Yorkers, including people with disabilities, can fully participate in all aspects of society.”
OPWDD Commissioner Theodore Kastner, MDMS, said: “We remain committed to the spirit of ADA in ensuring that people with developmental disabilities – and all people with disabilities – are included in all aspects of community life, and this includes personal participation one and virtual meetings and events. We have created this guide in the hope that people and other organizations will use it as a resource in planning their events so that all participants, regardless of their ability, can fully participate. “
Kastner said there are some simple questions event planners should ask themselves when planning their events to ensure they are welcoming people with disabilities. The guide walks event planners through these questions and also outlines pre-event considerations; Location considerations; Interior considerations; what to consider when planning registrations, presentations and event material; Language Access Considerations and Special Considerations for Online Events.
The guide is not intended to be exhaustive, rather it is more of a best practice checklist that draws people’s attention to the types of accommodation that may be required for a successful event. It directs them to other accessibility resources that can provide further help if needed.
For more information on the OPWDD Accessible Event Guide, please visit the OPWDD website. Those with questions or feedback on the Accessible Event Guide can send an email [email protected].