Accessibility Solutions and Resource Center (AMAC) Resources
Tools for Life director,
Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program has an event checklist and can provide accessibility consulting. The checklist, updated in May 2014, includes ADA Accessibility Guidelines, Tools for Life Policies, and recommendations from the Ontario Accessibility Committee, Washington State Barrier-Free Code, and Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
They can also assist with assistive technologies such as voice amplification devices that can be bought or rented to accommodate the hearing-impaired at various types of events.
AMAC provides three types of captioning services for their clients: real-time remote captioning, video captioning, and audio description.
According to the National Association of the Deaf, there are no set standards as to when captioning is required; however, to ensure equal access to your event, it’s important to think about your specific audience and presenters.
Although only 5 percent of blind people use braille, if your event is going to include visual content (PowerPoint presentations, charts, graphics, or videos, for instance), consider having these prepared in an alternative format for those who are blind or may have low vision.
AMAC provides braille conversion of all documents including non-textual information such as maps, paintings, graphs, and diagrams.
For more information about accessible Word or PDF documents, visit AMAC’s wiki page.