Designing Accessible Events and Shows: An Opportunity and An Obligation
Recorded On: 07/22/2021
With virtual shows taking center stage over the past year, organizers had to ensure that the designing of their events could reach everyone. From platform choices, to content development, to downloadable takeaways, building accessible shows ensures that everyone can participate and that your customer base is as large as it can be! People with disabilities make up 25% of the population. Are you and your events increasing your opportunities to reach all, specifically this group?
Add back into the mix, the recent return of live events. Now more than ever, inclusiveness is a must, regardless of whether your event is digital/virtual, hybrid or in-person. How compliant and inclusive is your event or show? Are you compliant as it relates to content on your website or event platform, with your speaker presentations, allergy and dietary disabilities, not to mention ADA compliance onsite? – the list goes on!
Join us for this informative webinar on how accessible initiatives can ensure you are creating event experiences for ALL, whether digitally or in-person, especially those with disabilities!
After participating in this session, you will be able to:
- Articulate what constitutes an accessible event and the challenges in achieving it;
- Understand why accessibility in the event and exhibitions space is vital to your business;
- Take the necessary steps to ensure your event is accessible, increasing the opportunity to reach new audiences, improve the quality of your events and strengthen your relationships and brand.
IAEE webinars are complementary for IAEE members and $49 for non-members.
Director of Marketing
Kevaleen Lara is the Director of Marketing for Abilities Expo and now its new online spin-off, the Abilities Virtual Experience, as well as a freelance marketing consultant. With more than two decades in event marketing and multiple award-winning campaigns under her belt, she is especially thrilled by this burgeoning trend for virtual shows, and the possibilities for greater accessibility and inclusion for the disability community. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and is a die-hard Fighting Irish fan. When she’s not working, Kevaleen mercilessly pries screens from her children’s clutches and makes them spend as much time outside as possible with her, her husband and their giant dog.
Director of Education
Christine Selinger is the Director of Education and Events for the Abilities Expo as well as a Freelance Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer for the Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research. She has been developing and facilitating educational opportunities for people with disabilities for over 12 years. She holds a Bachelor’s in Science (Math) and a Bachelor’s in Education, completely concurrently in 2011. She also identifies as a person with a disability as the result of a spinal cord injury sustained at the age of 19. She is a two-time World Champion in the sport of ParaCanoe, and the sole paraplegic to traverse the rugged Nootka Trail in BC. She spends her days working, watching sci-fi with her partner, and playing with her rescue pup, River.