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This Is What It Actually Means for an Event to Be Accessible

How to make meetings more accessible to people of all backgrounds

When you’re planning a meeting or event for your business, there is no shortage of details to address. The venue, the cost and registration process, the content, the meals. A memorable event is often one that runs smoothly with attention to all of the fine details so that attendees can focus on the actual purpose of the event.

One factor that is often not taken into consideration is how accessible your event is for disabled attendees. Nearly all public spaces fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act and are required to have some basic physical accommodations, but the ADA requirements don’t even scratch the surface of what makes an event truly accessible.

We reached out to Jamie Santillo, disability advocate for Visit Tampa Bay and founder of Adventures by Jamie, a travel agency that helps disabled travelers plan trips with accessibility in mind. Jamie was born with muscular dystrophy and has used a wheelchair for her whole life. Jamie has also spent her entire career focusing on how to make the world more accessible. “I believe I’m one of the first agencies to really focus on accessible travel. People with disabilities travel and spend a lot of money doing it.”

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