Planning Inclusive Meetings and Special Events

inclusion-wordle11In today’s increasingly diverse world it’s important to make meetings and events accessible to everyone; it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.

I recently made a keynote presentation to 200 at a staff development conference at Toronto’s George Brown College. I was impressed with the effort the College made to make sure my presentation was fully accessible.

For example, all videos I used had to be captioned beforehand (something the College offered to do), there is someone specifically in charge of this at the College and there were two sign interpreters working throughout my presentation.

Accessibility is a core value of George Brown College and everyone making a presentation there receives specific guidelines on how to make their presentations accessible. The following post by Evelina Silveira is a good reminder of what else to consider in making your next meeting or event an inclusive affair.

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