Make Your Virtual Event More Accessible
Keep these five tactics in mind
Virtual events may seem to be the ultimate in accessibility: Open your laptop, click on a meeting invite and you’re there. But the digital divide means that people with disabilities are less likely than other adults to have high confidence in their ability to fluently navigate technology.
About 61 million adults in the United States have a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So it’s likely that a portion of your audience is part of the disabilities community. When you plan your next virtual event, keep these five tactics in mind to ensure that everyone in your audience can fully participate in the experience.
Ask about accommodation needs in registration materials. You won’t be able to provide necessary resources for all participants without understanding their needs. Cornell University’s guidance on event planning recommends including a disability accommodation statement in preregistration materials that invites participants with disabilities to request accommodations.
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