New Research Places Accessibility in the Spotlight

The entrance to the ExpoForum Convention ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016 SPIEF in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, International flags fly outside the entrance

BestCities Global Alliance, GainingEdge and Rehabilitation International unveiled new market-leading research into accessible meetings at the ICCA congress in Dubai. The outcomes promote awareness among the meetings community on what can be done to enforce universal accessibility for delegates with disabilities. The research was conducted with key venues across the globe, in BestCities destinations providing insight on what they’re doing to create a landscape that’s ‘accessible for all.’

The report highlights training for disability awareness and sensitivity training, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for handling requests involving participants with disabilities, and referring to standards concerning accessibility as guidelines. It makes a number of recommendations including self-education, establishing a tangible business case for accessible meetings, and universal accessibility certification providing relevant case studies.

Another outcome of the research was that more associations should consider incorporating accessibility clauses in their Request for Proposals, and that it should be a key requirement for venues to accommodate barrier-free accessibility for all delegates.

The Universal Accessibility in Meetings report can be downloaded here.

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