Planning an Accessible Event Checklist
Every university employee has an ethical and legal responsibility to ensure that people with disabilities are able to attend and participate in events. This page offers helpful tools to assist you in this planning process and Services for Students with Disabilities staff is always available to work with any event planner.
Statement for Publication
- Include a standard accessibility contact statement on all of your publicity (i.e. print ads, Web pages, radio and TV spots and include an event contact for accessibility.
- Example: If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact _________, at _________ or email; ______________. Requests should be made ___________ (at least one week in advance of the event).
Financial Responsibility & Accessible facilities:
- Know how accommodations for your event will be funded. All questions about event funding should be directed to the MPP responsible for the event or administrative unit (i.e. Dean, Director, Department Head or Vice President). The likelihood of securing adequate support occurs when all accessibility arrangements are planned for in advance of the event.
- Understand any limitations that may exist with the facility/venue. If any special accommodations are required please contact Facilities Management.
- Understand the hours of operation and other guidelines in place for planning accessible use of the facility chosen.
For People Who Have Physical Disabilities
- Is the facility (building, theater, etc.) accessible to a person who uses a wheelchair or other mobility device?
- If the event is on an upper floor, is there an elevator?
- Are restrooms accessible and close to the meeting area?
- Is disabled parking available nearby?
- If transportation is provided for an offsite event, have accommodations been made for wheelchair users?
- If providing on-campus transportation, has Parking and Transportation been contacted for information?
For People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Have you arranged for an interpreter to be present at your event (complete request on Campus Accesibility website)?
- Have you arranged for other assistive equipment that may be required (i.e., FM systems)?
- Have you set aside front area seating for a sign language interpreter or real time captionist (RTC)?
- Have you provided advance copies of written materials/outlines for sign language interpreters/RTC?
For Persons Who Are Blind or Have a Visual Impairment
- Have you considered making a small supply of enlarged print copies of publications, event program, handouts, etc. for those who may request it?
- Have you arranged for handouts, surveys, programs, etc. to be put in alternative formats?
- Are you aware that blind people and others sometimes use a guide dog and that they must be allowed into the function?
- If materials/forms are to be filled out at the event are there readers and/or scribes available?