In a move aiming to transform the landscape of the events industry, “Accessible All Areas” is launching a groundbreaking accessibility programme. 

Co-founded by Orla Pearson of MyClearText and AccessLOOP and Catherine Grinyer, founder of Attendable and Swagable, this initiative aims to upskill event professionals in disability inclusion, drawing on over two decades of expertise in event accessibility.

Beyond physical adjustments, event accessibility entails a holistic approach to inclusivity. “Accessible All Areas” focuses on providing practical, actionable strategies to ensure that all attendees, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate and engage in events. This includes considerations such as accessible web design, inclusive ticketing platforms, working with disabled speakers, and ensuring all event communications are designed with inclusivity in mind.

Addressing a Significant Need

The pressing need for such a service is evident in the statistics: one in five people in the UK has a disability, representing a substantial portion of any potential event audience. Legal frameworks, including the Equality Act 2010, mandate reasonable adjustments to prevent disability discrimination. However, the consistent implementation of comprehensive accessibility measures remains a challenge within the industry.

“Accessible All Areas” aims to bridge this gap by arming event organisers with the tools, knowledge, and support required to create genuinely inclusive environments. The programme, comprising workshops, webinars, and personalised consultancy, also delves into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of event accessibility. It covers legal requirements, the business case for inclusivity, practical adjustments, and budgeting considerations.

Championing Diversity and Inclusion

The launch of “Accessible All Areas” is a further step in the journey towards inclusivity in the UK events industry. By imparting essential skills and knowledge, the service not only enhances the experience for disabled or neurodivergent attendees, but also broadens the reach of events, driving both social and economic benefits.

As the UK continues its commitment to diversity and inclusion, “Accessible All Areas” aims to ensure that accessibility is integral to event planning. For event organisers, production companies, and industry professionals dedicated to inclusivity, this service provides a valuable resource to make their events universally accessible.