It is a good thing for us to model good accessibility practice by including information on registration forms and program materials about accessibility accommodations that we make. For example:
- If your meeting place is wheelchair accessible (and we encourage you to hold all events in wheelchair-accessible facilities) promote its accessibility.
- For any meetings, small or large, if you have ample notice, make a commitment to provide larger-print materials (it's easy with a computer).
- If you have assistive listening devices for your services, can you use the same system for meetings? If so, mention it in your materials.
We are working hard to promote a culture of inclusion—and we should proclaim the work we are doing to welcome people with disabilities. Shown here is an example of an accessibility statement that you might want to use as an example.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of XYZ is wheelchair accessible.
Let us know in advance if you will need:
- printed materials in large print or electronic formats
- a ride to and from the meeting
- other accommodations that we can provide.
For assistance/information on accessibility, contact John Smith by email or phone.
This is a basic, unadorned accessibility information statement. If you have graphic capabilities, paste in a universal disability symbol; many of them are available online. If we put a statement like this in writing on our program and registration materials it serves a variety of purposes:
- It tells people with disabilities that they are welcome
- It models good practice for other program presenters to follow
- It ensures that we will do what we say (e.g. if we say that a facility is wheelchair accessible then we have to make sure that seating is accessible as well—wide aisles, places for wheelchairs, etc.)