How to improve ADA accessibility for your event

Organizing a fair, festival, or special event? Ensure all your guests have access to amenities and can enjoy the same experience. Accessibility attracts people with physical limitations or disabilities and their friends and family. Plus, those same modifications are often appreciated by the elderly and parents with small children.

Advance info. Accessibility starts even before people reach your event. Provide information on your website or list a phone number for those who want to know more. Knowing what kind of accommodations will (or won’t) be available can help someone decide whether to attend. The Summer Set music festival’s ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) page is a nice example.

Clear views. If you’re hosting a concert or other event with ticketed seating, provide the option to purchase accessible seats. Or let guests know you’re offering an accessible viewing area with clear visibility to the stage.

Restroom access. If using portable bathrooms at your event, plan for a few accessible units. These larger stalls also are attractive to parents with small children.

Train your staff.
Provide staff training on assisting people with disabilities. Make sure setup crews understand how to create and maintain accessibility around booths and walkways. Prepare a list of attendee FAQs with a section on accessibility accommodations, and distribute to event personnel.

Resources. Attitude is Everything is a U.K. nonprofit that helps increase fan access to live music. While accessibility laws might differ from those in the U.S., the site is a user-friendly (and inspiring) place to get ideas.

Also, check out National Construction Rentals, which provides a simple infographic on ADA compliance for outdoor events.

More in-depth planning information can be found here:
•    A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People with Disabilities
•    Accessible Temporary Events, A Planning Guide

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