Event Planning: Accessibility and Inclusion

Today’s post is about event accessibility and inclusion in the United Kingdom. So, if you’re an event planner in the UK this is a must-read. Event inclusion and accessibility are essential because an organizer may have a guest who has a disability, who is temporarily disabled, or injured.

This particular guide highlights things such as:

  • Disability awareness when organizing any event. This includes understanding common barriers to accessibility in events and venues, as well as the economic benefit of inclusiveness.

  • A guide to help event planners understand their responsibilities and legal obligations. For example, the UK Equality Act requires all events – including conferences and exhibitions – to be accessible and inclusive, and makes it illegal to discriminate against disabled attendees.

  • Lots of practical and useful tips, advice, and information to help plan and organize a safe and disabled-friendly event – including guidelines, best practices, and checklists to help prepare and improve event accessibility.

  • This guide is also part of a larger resource on event safety and planning – so you and your readers may find other tools and resources that could be useful for anyone organizing an event.

 

According to the UK Event Accessibility Act, 2010 requires all events including things like conferences and exhibitions to be accessible and inclusive. In the UK Equality Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.  When you are an event planner it is important to understand that inclusive events are hard to come by as a disabled person.  15% of the world’s population has some form of disability, it’s important to create experiences with accessibility in mind. That’s over one billion people who may not have access to events and places if inclusiveness was not considered.

To read the full guide and learn more ways to be accessible when planning events check out Function Central.

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