Tips for making Meetings Disability Friendly (Accessible)
- Always unlock wheelchair entrance door(s) when unlocking main
- Keep wheelchair ramps and/or entrances clear of any
obstacle's which may hinder access.
- Space chairs and tables
with adequate room for individuals with mobility devices to maneuver
around the meeting area freely (without assistance).
coffee pots back from the end of tables In a position where a cup
will slide under the spout and rest on the table.
microphone/amplifier available for chair persons, speakers & readers
(seldom is a non amplified voice loud enough for an individual who
has a hearing problem).
- Be open to the possibility of having
certified sign interpreter for an individual who is hearing
- Try to set up the meeting the same way each week eg.
(arrange seating, speaker podium, coffee pots, in the same place
each meeting). If you move and reorganize things, it's only hiding
whatever has been moved to a blind or vision impaired individual.
- Freely offer rides to and from meetings when possible (reasons
- Don't interfere if an individual with disability
is doing a task for his or her self (even if it may look awkward to
you. It is 0. K to ask if he or she needs help, rather than just
jump in and take over.
- When closing a meeting, have the
chairperson ask everyone to stand in place and Say the "Lord's
Prayer" (more often than not. It is unnecessarily difficult for a
person with disability to join in on a circle around the room)...
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