WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
12:30pm-2:00pm ET / 9:30am-11:00am PT

OR

6:30pm-8:00pm ET / 3:30pm-5:00pm PT

Accessible Event Planning

 

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Accessible Festivals is a non-profit organization dedicated to making communities stronger by ensuring music and recreation is accessible to all abilities. Their mission is to foster connection and understanding through the universal language of music, to provide a platform where people of all abilities and identities can connect and build relationships, and to inspire the creation of safe, inclusive and equitable communities. Accessible Festivals achieves this goal through a variety of initiatives including an annual Inclusion Festival, ticket grant program, consultation and training for industry professionals, and outreach to the disabled community.

In this Accessible Event Training, participants will gain practical information for planning an accessible and inclusive event that welcomes all abilities along with best practices and tips for interacting with disabled guests in a respectful, caring manner. Considerations for those with autism, sensory-processing issues, developmental disabilities, mobility issues, deaf/hard of hearing individuals, blindness/visual impairment, and hidden disabilities will be provided. Attendees will learn about ADA laws, specific modifications for different disability types, and accommodations that will make an event feel truly welcoming to disabled guests.

 

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Leah Barron

MAY 2022

Leah Barron is the Programs Director for Accessible Festivals, the co-founder of Inclusion Festival, a special education teacher, and a registered yoga instructor with experience working in a variety of settings including public schools, private studios, and home-based instruction. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with individuals of all ages and abilities, though she has particular interest in supporting those with disabilities. Additionally, Leah co-founded My Best Fest, an online music festival guide, which led her to on-site festival consulting services. This also entailed collecting survey feedback from festival participants, writing reports for festival promoters detailing positive and constructive feedback, and providing recommendations for future festivals. Leah is committed to improving the quality of life and access to community resources for people of all abilities through direct service and event planning.