Guests with visual impairments
Planning University Events for Persons Who Are Blind or Have a Visual Impairment
The following are questions to take into consideration:
- Is your event accessible for persons with visual impairments?
- Have you reserved a section at the front of the audience seating for people who have a visual impairment?
- If slides or overheads are to be used, will they be made available in alternative format to people who are blind or have a visual impairment?
- Have you arranged for handouts, surveys, programs, etc. to be put in alternative formats such as Braille, audio tape, large print, or computer disk.
- Are you aware that blind people sometimes use a guide dog and that they must be allowed into the function? Seating should be made available so that the guide dog can be comfortable too. Other service dogs include hearing dogs for the deaf and hard of hearing and assistant dogs for wheelchair users and other people with mobility impairments.
- If materials/forms are to be filled out at the event, are there readers and/or scribes available?