Accessible Event Planning
The following are some of the key considerations in accessible event planning:
- Include the following statement in all of you event announcements: The Department of ____________ is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact us if you have any particular accessibility requirements (include contact telephone number and email address).
- Allow enough time to deal with most eventualities. Securing an ASL/English (sign language) interpreter, for example may require up to three (3) weeks advance notice.
- Ensure all event-related documents are accessible or can be converted to alternate formats. Click for more information on accessible documents.
- Some types of events are more accessible than others. Events where attendees are required to stand for long periods of time (e.g., greet and meet events) may not be welcoming to persons who use wheelchairs or who cannot stand for long periods of time.
- Book rooms and locations on campus that allow for ease of access for persons who use wheelchairs or who have mobility disabilities. Consider the proximity of the nearest main entrance, elevators and accessible washrooms.
Please consult the following resources for more information:
- Accessible Event Planning Checklist - a detailed checklist of things to consider when planning events
- Resources for Accessible Events - a listing of contact information for equipment or services available in the Kingston region
- Queen's University - Facility Bookings - information about booking facilities at Queen's University