An accessibility statement can be quite broad or quite specific. It is important to remember that each person with a disability is unique and you don't know the accessibility needs of those who are curious about your event. It's best to just accurately list the access features of your space, and leave it those who know their accommodation needs to make their own choices about whether it is accessible for them or not. Give as much information as you can and provide a phone number for someone to call where their questions may be answered - the person on the other end of that number should have all the answers or be able to provide a quick turnaround time to be able to respond.
Some of the access categories you may consider are:
- Vision: People who are blind or have low vision
- Hearing: People who are deaf, deafened, or have hearing loss
- Mobility: People who use a mobility device such as a wheelchair, scooter, canes, walker, crutches
- Chemical Sensitivities such as scent
- Food allergies such as peanuts
- EMS (Electromagnetic Sensitivity)
- Invisible Disabilities (Arthritis, Epilepsy, Diabetes, etc.)
Not sure where to start?
One way to create a fulsome accessibility statement is by going through the list of considerations for Audience Accessibility and answering each question in your statement.
Remember that adding accessibility information to your website and event listings is important, but also onsite signage is very important. Be sure your events also include signage to support those with accessibility needs in navigating once they arrive.