In order to create more accommodating and welcoming DFL meetings, caucuses, and conventions, follow the below guidelines for your next meeting:
– Ask participants what accommodations they need. Never assume that someone needs assistance. It is best to ask questions like: “What Accommodations do you require?” or “Do you need assistance?”
– Make sure there is an accessible path around the room, at least 36 inches in width. Also, make sure sidewalks are clear.
– Allow longer breaks. Five minute breaks can be too short for people with disabilities or the elderly to utilize effectively. Breaks of fifteen minutes are optimal.
– Provide accessible seating. This could be a seat at a part of the venue without stairs leading to it or simply taking away a chair or two from a table.-
– Offer to provide meeting materials in electronic form and/or in advance of the meeting. Also, make sure materials are in a readable font and size.
– Make sure there is accessible parking at the meeting location. If there is not, make signs and place them in spots next to the building entrance. Also, be sure to provide an access aisle.
– Have the person running the meeting repeat audience questions.
– Highlight paths to common destinations using signage.
– Ensure that table heights are no taller than 36 inches, and at least 36 inches in length.
– For more information and resources for accessible meetings and meeting rooms, visit our additional resources page.