CAARE- Indoor Events

Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events
This page is part of the Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events (CAARE) Toolkit.

Intro: Indoor events are
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Public events, like annual festivals, rodeos, and hometown celebrations, are ways for rural communities to gather and celebrate community. These events are places for community members to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and ways for people to meet new people and build relationships. 

The accessibility of rural community events is directly tied to participation, and community participation can be tied to the accumulation of social capital. “Social capital is a tradeable resource that exists in a relationship. If you have social capital you can use it to gain other kinds of capital,” said Sage. “It provides opportunities to interact with other people who may have access to resources that you don’t have access to.” ]

Quote from 'Disability and Rural Events'- "Having moments to recognize others and to be recognized as a community resource helps keep people with disabilities visible and engaged."

“Having moments to recognize others and to be recognized as a community resource helps keep people with disabilities visible and engaged.”

Quote from Rayna Sage and Erin Flores, in “Disability and Rural Events: The cultural reproduction of inclusion and exclusion.” (Routledge 2019).


Parking

A person assists another person using a wheelchair into an accessible van.

Accessibility considerations:Link for more information:
Enough accessible parking Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Accessible parking is clearly marked Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Event Accessibility Checklist
Passenger drop-off area near accessible entrance Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Event Accessibility Checklist ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Level and unobstructed pathways from parking area to entrances Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities

Bathrooms

Accessibility considerations:Link for more information:
Accessible bathrooms onsite
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities ,

Event Accessibility Checklist
Clear signage for accessible bathrooms
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities ,

Event Accessibility Checklist
Path to bathroom unobstructed and wheelchair accessible
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities ,

Event Accessibility Checklist

Walkways

Accessibility considerations: Link for more information:
Clear and unobstructed pathways to all activities and services
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities ,

Event Accessibility Checklist
Ramps at all steps or uneven surfaces
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Handrails on each side of all stairways
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities

Entrances

Accessibility considerations:Link for more information:
Door handles are levers or u-shaped
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
No revolving doors
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Doorways wide enough for walkers, wheelchairs, and other mobility equipment
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Clear signage directing visitors to accessible entrances
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Ramps at doors with steps
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Handrails on both sides of ramps
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Ground signals and braille to help people with visual impairments to find accessible entrances [reword]
Make sure nothing is blocking entrances so those using scooters, wheelchairs, or other mobiltiy equipment can use entrance
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities

Event Rooms & Materials

Accessibility considerations:Link for more information:
Clear and accessible signs leading to rooms with accessible entrances
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Elevators near entrances to rooms
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Accessible seating set up in in a way that is inclusive
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Front row seating for people with vision and hearing impairments
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
ASL interpreters are visible to all attendees
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities ,

Event Accessibility Checklist
Hearing assistance technology is available
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Microphones for the audience during Q&A sessions
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Electrical outlets near seating areas
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Water bowls for service animals and space for toileting
Event Accessibility Checklist ,

Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Tables are at the appropriate height and have enough space for people using wheelchairs and scooters
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Materials and/or food are at a height accessible for people using wheelchairs or scooters
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities ,

Event Accessibility Checklist

Programming

Accessibility considerations:Link to more information:
All video presentations have closed captions
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Interpreters for any needed language, including ASL, available for all activities
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
All media and materials are in accessible formats
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Areas are well lit and have adjustable lighting
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities

Service Animals

Accessibility considerations:Link to more information:
Accessible toileting area
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Water bowls
Space for walking service animals [?: walking as in paths/aisles? or walking as in toileting/exercise?]
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Hallways and aisles are wide enough to accommodate mobility equipment and service animals
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit ,

Self-assessment tool for ensuring access for people with disabilities
Adequate space in sitting areas for service animals

Meals

Sharon Washington, Housing Specialist for the Supportive Services for Veterans Families, eats a healthy meal at the 2016 APRIL Conference

Accessibility considerations:Link to more information:
Chairs with arms available
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Specialty diets and food sensitivities are accommodated
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Labels and allergy warnings are clear and obvious
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Food that can be eaten without utensils is available
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Seating is stand alone [what does this mean?] and able to be rearranged
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit
Personal assistants [is this something the attendee would arrange?] and interpreters are available
Planning accessible meetings and events: A toolkit