When we all think about the latest party we attended we most think about what a great time they had or what they did in terms of planning, if they hosted but have you ever stopped to think about if your event or party encourage an environment where everyone is included?My experience says that you initial reaction will be of course everyone is welcome and your heart is in the right place but before you truly answer that question stop step back from the emotion of it and keep reading,
The Eye-Opening Truth about Being Included with a Disability
The reality of life with a disability especially a physical one, is that a lot of pre-planningIs required in order to participate in events outside one’s normal day to day routine. This is especially true, if you aren’t the one hosting.The two main areas require preplanning are:
1. Accessibility: Means Being Included
Obviously, considering a venues accessibility isn’t something that one consciously think unless you have a reason to, my family for example is very mindful of accessibility because it has been part of their day to day lives with me around
2 Adaptation Allows Everyone to Be Included
Recognizing that not all venues are accessible, and sometimes that simply can’t be avoided as in the case of private homes being flexible and willing to adapt our key ingredients to ensuring that everyone is included. I have a friend for example, who carries a portable ramp this allows him access to virtually any environment, or at least partial access is he can get to the main floor of most venues this way.
So, the next time you are planning an event please be mindful of how accessibility and adaption can mean whether someone can literally be included and attend your event or not.
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