The American Bar Association published an accessible meetings and event guide with checklists for event planners and post-event surveys for attendees.

American Bar Association Accessible Meetings and Events Toolkit

It is important to make meetings and events accessible so that all community members can participate. Improved accessibility doesn’t just benefit people with disabilities and mental illness, but all attendees. Just as curb cuts helped moms with strollers as well as wheelchair users, captioning and microphone use can help everyone follow the conversation, not just people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Universal Design helps everyone in society participate and engage.

Applying Universal Design to your campaign events and meetings actively benefits the elderly and people with disabilities, and it passively benefits all other attendees. Having an accessible campaign shows a level of attention and commitment to communities.