Some #accessibility tips for meetup organizers who have no budget, a thread!
First off, tell attendees about accessibility of your venue and event ahead of time, even when it's missing. For example, "Unfortunately, there are two steps at the entrance and no ramp."
Remind speakers to speak slowly and clearly. Remind them to avoid casual ableist slurs. More info here:
As always, if you learned something, throw some love my way via retweets, checking out my other work (like my guide to pronouns buttons for organizers), and ko-fi.
@sublimemarch I once tried to give a talk with a wireless mic provided by the venue. What they didn't know was that the dance studio above them had a class running at the same time as their event, with wireless mics that used the same frequency. So instead of my talk, the audience heard the instructor from above. It was a confusing, embarrassing experience. The person after me got a wired mic.
Lesson? If possible, fix technical problems as soon as they become apparent.
@sublimemarch this is all so good. To be honest, I think all events should only be held at accessible venues. And organisers should check with the venue that the lift is actually working. I was once planning on going to an event at a venue with a lift, but thought I'd check it was working just to be sure. It wasn't...
@sublimemarch I’d add to this that accessible toilets shouldn’t double as your gender neutral toilets.
Agreed! Ideally all toilets should be all gender.
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