Accessibility Training for On-Site Event Staff Course

Course Overview

LEARNING OUTCOMES
As a result of this module, event staff will be able to…

  • Operationalize best practices in event accessibility to ensure every person can participate meaningfully in the experience from the moment they enter the venue until the moment they leave.
  • Support individuals who present with a wide-range of disabilities by operating from a place of empathy and leveraging a decision-making framework informed by best practices and up-to-date knowledge.
  • Recognize requests for accommodation and feel empowered to solve problems that might arise on-site.
  • Embrace opportunities to share knowledge with on-site personnel to ensure that individuals with disabilities feel supported and welcomed in every aspect of their experience

Choose Chicago proudly supports this course, encouraging all event staff involved in the 2024 Democratic National Convention to participate.

Joshua Klipp, Certified Access Specialist (CASp)

Josh is the Founder and Principal of Made Welcome, an accessibility consulting firm focused on accessibility at workplaces and events. Prior to founding Made Welcome, Josh practiced law for 16 years, specializing in the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is also a Certified Access Specialist (CASp No. 812) through California’s Division of the State Architect and is certified to provide guidance on accessibility in the built environment. 

After practicing law for nearly 2 decades, Josh left litigating to do all things disability for one of the world’s largest tech companies, Salesforce. At Salesforce, Josh set up and implemented the reasonable accommodations process for Salesforce’s 15,000 employees in the United States and Canada. He also created and implemented the first accessibility initiative for Dreamforce, the world’s largest tech conference – an accessibility strategy that Dreamforce continues to implement today. Because of his experience in workplaces and events, Josh understands the challenges and nuances faced by employers, event producers and venues. On nights and weekends, Josh moonlights with his band, the Klipptones, and is a volunteer Planting Leader with Friends of the Urban Forest.

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Topic 1 | Introduction: Welcome Every Body

  • Every on-site staff member plays a critical role in creating meaningful experiences for
    every person at the event- centering a sense of agency / responsibility
  • Emphasizing the importance of starting from a place of empathy and shared humanity

Topic 2 | Requests for accommodation

  • A brief and visual overview of what the ADA is and what an accommodation means
    • Emphasizing the interactive and relational aspect of the ADA / RFA
  • Understanding the accommodations available in the venue / from the event organizers
    before the event
  • Understanding PTSR and emphasizing the on-site event team member’s collective
    responsibility to support attendees and other colleagues in making sure the event is
    welcoming and safe

Topic 3 | Supporting individuals with mobility devices

  • Identify best practices for supporting individuals with mobility devices
  • Identify specific requests for accommodation

Topic 4 | Supporting individuals who are deaf or have hearing impairments

  • Identify best practices for supporting individuals who are deaf or have hearing impairments
  • Identify specific requests for accommodation

Topic 5 | Supporting individuals who are blind or have vision impairments

  • Identify best practices for supporting individuals who are blind or have vision impairments
  • Identify specific requests for accommodation

Topic 6 | Supporting individuals with service dogs and invisible disabilities

  • Identify best practices for supporting individuals with service dogs and invisible Disabilities
  • Identify specific requests for accommodation

Topic 7 | Emergency preparedness

  • Identify overall best practices for emergency preparedness in relation to supporting attendees with disabilities
  • Identify specific best practices for particular disabilities

Topic 8 | Catering

  • Identify best practices in catering and food service to support individuals with disabilities
  • Learn proactive strategies to ensure an inclusive event environment

Topic 9 | Security

  • Learn the common pitfalls of security at events in relation to supporting individuals with disabilities, and how to avoid them
  • Engage in a thoughtful approach of empathy and understanding when it comes to accommodating individuals with disabilities while keeping your event secure
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