Event accessibility on agenda at EventHuddle debate

Melanie May | 9 December 2016 | News

Issues surrounding accessibility at events were discussed for the first time at monthly events professionals’ forum EventHuddle last month.
The panel included British Polio Fellowship’s marketing communications officer Kripen Dhron, who appeared in his capacity as hotel and venues accessibility expert to explain that much more needs to be done to ensure that events are more accessible to all people with disabilities. Other panellists included Rachel Quick from Scope, and Simone West, accessibility consultant for Atkins Global.
The discussion highlighted the importance of conducting meetings at the planning stages of events to make sure everyone at all levels of organisations at events are aware of accessibility needs.

Kripen highlighted the importance of accessibility issues being debated for the very first time, and stressed that event managers can’t become complacent in the future saying:

“It’s essential that the bar keeps on rising and that we all continue to strive to promote the best practice in the industry. People at managerial level are fully aware of accessibility issues, but the people working on the ground are not so aware. As a result, management guidelines can sometimes not be as useful as they should be. Awareness and training of staff at all levels is key.”

A video of the debate can be viewed on the British Polio Fellowship site.