Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. - Speaking in Front of Audience About Inclusive Meetings and Events

Inclusive Meetings and Events Consulting Services and Programs


Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.


Today’s meeting industry professionals are responsible for more than assuring all is aligned for each new meeting and event.

Clients and attendees now have high expectations that meetings will be inclusive for ALL who participate — whether it be on-site or virtually.

As a meetings industry disability inclusion expert, I’m here to help.

Having been paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, my experience in a wheelchair has taught me about accessibility. I know what needs to be arranged to accommodate people with various disabilities including limitations with mobility, sight, and hearing.

I am an expert in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other accessibility standards as well as universal design practices. I am highly experienced in evaluating hotels, convention centers, and other meeting spaces.

Accommodation Defined

There is a difference between accessible design and universal design. Accessible design is more than just code compliance. Its major emphasis is on usability. Good accessible design includes usability and equity as a goal. Thus, the end result is the optimization of the human experience.

Universal design goes above compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, which are viewed as minimum standards. Universal design is a framework or philosophy benefitting people of all sizes, ages, and abilities. The people attending your events!

Rosemarie Rossetti asking a question of hotel lobby guest services representative

What are the Problems that Rossetti Solves?

Rosemarie Rossetti teaching at at corporate client's training room

CHALLENGES related to ...

Exclusion

The unique needs of people with disabilities that are not taken into account when planning meetings and events.

Unfamiliarity

A lack of awareness about the needs of people with disabilities when planning meetings and events.

Poor Outcomes

Failure to pre-plan leads to stress, costly makeshift solutions and unsatisfactory results. People with disabilities are not accommodated at meetings and events.

Value Proposition Advantages

Business Culture


  • Reduce unconscious bias.
  • Gain engagement confidence.
  • Social participation improves.
  • Maximize the power of inclusion.
  • Create an environment of inclusion for the health, wellness, and safety of all.

Improved Perception


  • Creates a welcoming and inclusive environment for meetings and events.
  • Improved social media response by participants.
  • Enhances Public Relations outreach and outcomes.

Proactive


  • Addresses crucial points to anticipate challenges.
  • Assures a more smooth, gracious, and respectful experience for every participant, including people with disabilities.

Workflow Efficiency


  • Eliminates the struggle of planning inclusive meetings and events.
  • Helps meeting professionals gain confidence and save time.
  • Guides meeting professionals to anticipate and provide for the participant’s needs for successful inclusive meetings.

Business Cost Control


  • Unexpected expenses are reduced and/or eliminated.
  • Reduced legal liability exposure.

Profitability


  • More attendees at your event.
  • Heightened attendee appreciation and satisfaction.

"Rosemarie was a vital part of our team as we planned for our 2022 annual meeting. She joined us in meetings with our venues and pushed them to make accessibility accommodations that we hadn't thought of.

Rosemarie's expertise in accessibility solutions is evident, and her attention to the smallest details is impressive.

She provides very useful documentation that will help you make your event the most accessible that it can be."

Oscar Larson, Conference Director
American Association of Geographers

What Can You Expect from Rossetti as your Disability Inclusion Consultant?

Information Capture & Appraisal

  • Work with website designers to suggest changes for the meeting or event registration section including marketing that is targeted to people with disabilities.
    • Identify people who register that have a disability and what accommodations they will need.
    • Assure the website can be fully accessed by a person who uses assistive technology and not a computer mouse.
    • Enable registrants to pay online easily with assistive technology. WCAG 2.1 compliance. https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/ 
An example web registration form screen shot.
Rosemarie Rossetti straining to reach a serving container with ladle of maple syrup on a buffet line.

On-site Inspection

  • In-person site visit to all venues for the meeting or event including field trips and off-site locations.
    • Evaluate hotel rooms, hotel parking, hotel lobby, registration area, ballroom, breakout rooms, restrooms.
    • Meet with the hotel managers and catering/food staff. Discuss the menu and need to accommodate special diets. Discuss networking set up, table set up, buffet set up.
    • Work with the company representatives who will be responsible for the virtual portion of the hybrid meeting. Discuss closed captioning and Sign Language Interpreters for the on-site and virtual audiences.
  • Utilizes various universal design and accessible design checklists to evaluate the venue.
  • Create an in-depth report noting the findings, suggestions, recommendations, and advice. This report will highlight the problems, solutions, and changes needed to improve the venues.

Create Appropriate Communication Strategies

  • Work with the team of meeting professionals to assist in creating a master guide to use for accommodating people with disabilities.
  • Assist in creating the questions on the evaluation survey for the attendees.
  • Assist in creating the interview questions as people with disabilities register.
  • Assist in creating the questions to be asked during the event to get feedback from people with disabilities.
  • Assist in training meeting professionals and volunteers.
  • Suggest resources and vendors to support the meeting and event.
Rosemarie Rossetti asking a question of hotel lobby guest services representative
Rosemarie Rossetti offers concierge service for on-site meetings and events.

Concierge Service

  • Be present at the meeting and event serving as a liaison to consult, advise and direct staff and suggest adjustments.

Benefits of Working with Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.

She will ...

  • Identify meeting and event challenges that people with disabilities may experience at the venue.
  • Help meeting professionals avoid serious problems that people with disabilities may experience at the venue.
  • Develop solutions to serious problems that people with disabilities may experience at the venue.
  • Make recommendations so her clients are more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Make recommendations so her clients avoid a judgment against their corporation or organization from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Why Rossetti is the Right Choice

Rosemarie Rossetti speaking at TEDx.
  • Knows from personal experience as a woman who has used a wheelchair since June 1998 how the built environment can either restrict or enable independence.
  • Since 1997 she has been an international speaker at various venues, knowing firsthand the potential problems and challenges people with disabilities face.
  • Has extensively traveled throughout the United States to access built environments.
  • Delivered presentations in-person and virtually on the topic of disability inclusion.
  • Wrote on the topic of disability inclusion in publications.
  • Interviewed on podcasts on the topic of disability inclusion.
  • Is a master communicator and consummate professional.
  • In the know as a leading expert on the topics of disability inclusion, universal design, and accessible design.

How to make the most of working with Your Event Planning Partner: Rosemarie Rossetti!

Invite Rosemarie to join you at meetings in upcoming venues to step up and identify areas that demand attention. She will ...

  • Uncover avoidable challenges that can be addressed in advance.
  • Make recommendations about details that have been otherwise overlooked.
  • Use her experience and expertise to suggest solutions geared to save both time and expenses before the need arises.
  • Provide valuable insights that are documented so mistakes won't be repeated.

With Rosemarie's guidance you can create the most accessible and successful event ever -- while building goodwill and positive future connections for everyone on your team!

Make an intentional choicerather than riskunintentional embarrassmentor harm.

Contact Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. today and put her on your planning team.

Educational Programs

Accommodating People with Disabilities at Meetings and Events

It’s a legal, social, and professional responsibility to adapt your meeting venue to accommodate speakers and attendees with disabilities.

Having been paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. speaks from her wheelchair sharing her own dramatic personal story. She presents to audiences throughout the U.S. and beyond as a recognized expert on inclusive design. She has also earned recognition for her home that is the top-rated universal design home in North America.

In this presentation, Rossetti addresses crucial points you need to know to anticipate challenges in order to achieve a smooth, gracious, and respectful event experience for every participant. She will focus on: why disability inclusivity is so important, how to set up your meeting rooms, how to remove dining and networking challenges, how to accommodate speakers and guests with wheelchairs, and important resources designed to ease your way as a successful meeting professional.

This presentation to MPI chapter members can be approved by the Events Industry Council for continuing education credit.

Rosemarie has taken the Meeting Professionals International Inclusive Event Designer course.

Benefits & Learner Outcomes

  • Identify problems and challenges that people with disabilities experience at meetings and events.
  • Develop solutions to solve problems and challenges that people with disabilities experience at meetings and events.
  • Create an inclusive, easy access environment for people who use wheelchairs and scooters in and around meeting and dining rooms including layout, aisle width, easy access, table heights, and more.

Multimedia

The presentation is enhanced with a handout and high quality graphic slides which serve to illustrate the main points. Audiences are better able to retain the core messages by having visual illustrations.

Making Virtual Meetings Inclusive

Takeaways

  • Communication strategies to accommodate people with disabilities at virtual meetings.
  • Be able to implement technologies to enable people who are deaf, blind, or have learning disabilities to fully participate.
  • Know how to work with a presenter in advance of a virtual meeting to obtain supportive materials for the participants with disabilities.
  • Source suppliers that provide technology services to make your virtual meetings inclusive.

Multimedia

The presentation is enhanced with a handout and high quality graphic slides which serve to illustrate the main points. Audiences are better able to retain the core messages by having visual illustrations.

Rosemarie is the RIGHT Choice for Your Next Event!
Experienced

A proven (40+ year) success record in corporate & organizational settings, speaking to groups from 10 to 10,000.

Consistent

Stellar evaluations from both participants & meeting planners, time after time.

Trustworthy

A skilled, approachable, ethical professional industry expert you can count on.

Interactive

Captivating, engaging, well researched, high content / high value presentations.

Customized

Pre-program interviews with persons you select allows Rosemarie to dig deep to customize programs tailored to your organization's desired outcomes. You will experience enterprise-wide satisfaction and measurable success.

CEUs

Credit-ready programs encourage attendance.

FUN !!

Attentive, organized, upbeat and easy to work with.

Media / Articles — click / tap to view

Article Cover - Where to Find Accessible Transportation in Columbus  
Experience Columbus New!

Where to Find Accessible Transportation in Columbus

Article Cover - Tips for Planning an Accessible Meeting in Columbus  
Experience Columbus New!

Tips for Planning an Accessible Meeting in Columbus

Summer Ambassador for Experience Columbus, Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.  
Experience Columbus

2022 Summer Ambassador Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.

Article Cover - Skift Meetings - Disability and Inclusion  
Skift Meetings

What Makes Events Truly Accessible

Article Cover - Steps to Make Virtual Meetings Accessible  
Goverment Connections

Steps to Make Virtual Meetings Accessible

Article Cover - Why COVID-19 Has Made Universal Design More Important for Seniors Home Based Care Providers  
AARP Travel

How to Find the Best Hotels for Wheelchair Users

Article Cover - First Steps Toward Virtual Meeting Accessibility  
ASAE Blog Article

First Steps Toward Virtual Meeting Accessibility

Article Cover - Executing Hybrid Events in Pittsburgh  
Meet Pittsburgh Blog Article

Executing Hybrid Events in Pittsburgh

Article Cover - What We Talk About When We Talk About Inclusion at Events  
HUBB Webinar On Demand

What We Talk About When We Talk About Inclusion at Events

Article Cover - Hybrid Meetings  
HUBB Blog Article

Accommodating People with Disabilities at Hybrid Meetings and Events

Article Cover - How to Better Accommodate People with Disabilities at Meetings and Events  
ASAE Blog Article

How to Better Accommodate People with Disabilities at Meetings and Events

Article Cover - Tips to Help Meeting Professionals Plan Inclusive Meetings and Events  
MPI Blog Article

Tips to Help Meeting Professionals Plan Inclusive Meetings and Events

Article Cover - How to Create Accessible Digital Events (Podcast)  
Northstar Meetings Group

How to Create Accessible Digital Events (Podcast)

Article Cover - Adapt to Dining and Networking Challenges  
Special Events Galore

Adapt to Dining and Networking Challenges

Article Cover - How to Provide a Ramp and Stage for Speakers  
MPI Blog Article

How to Provide a Ramp and Stage for Speakers

Article Cover - How to Assist and Best Communicate With People With Disabilities at Your Events  
Northstar Meetings Group

How to Assist and Best Communicate With People With Disabilities at Your Events

Article Cover - The Gift of Inclusive Design (Podcast)  
PUSHLiving Magazine

The Gift of Inclusive Design (Podcast)

Article Cover - How to Plan Truly Accessible Meetings and Events (Podcast)  
Northstar Meetings Group

How to Plan Truly Accessible Meetings and Events (Podcast)

Article Cover - Tips to Accommodate Participants with Disabilities  
MPI Blog Article

Tips to Accommodate Participants with Disabilities

Article Cover - The State of Inclusion in Meetings & Events  
MPI Foundation Research Report

The State of Inclusion in Meetings & Events

Article Cover - How To Accommodate People with Disabilities at Meetings  
Smart Meetings Online

How To Accommodate People with Disabilities at Meetings

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Partial Client List

  • Alliance of Independent Meeting Professionals
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • Buckeye Community Hope Foundation
  • Building Industry Association of Central Ohio
  • Columbus Home and Garden Show
  • Columbus Realtors®
  • Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Country Lane Seniors Community
  • Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association
  • Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association
  • Design Arts Seminars
  • Disability Training Alliance
  • DiYanni Custom Homes
  • Downsize Columbus
  • Environments for Aging
  • Epcon Communities, Inc.
  • GreenHome Institute
  • Hospitality Design Expo
  • Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids
  • IMEX America
  • LeadingAge Conference
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Meeting Professionals International - Michigan Chapter
  • Meeting Professionals International - Mid America Conference
  • Meeting Professionals International - Middle Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Meeting Professionals International - North Florida Chapter
  • Meeting Professionals International - Ohio Chapter
  • Meeting Professionals International - Philadelphia Chapter
  • Meeting Professionals International - Pittsburgh Chapter
  • MeetingsNet
  • Michigan Realtors®
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Realtors®
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry
  • New Jersey Realtors®
  • New York Association of Realtors®
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • Ohio Community Development Corporation Association
  • Ohio Department of Aging
  • Ohio House of Representatives
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
  • Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®
  • People Working Cooperatively
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Society of Government Meeting Professionals
  • The Ohio State University
  • Universal Design Coalition, Sarasota, FL
  • Universal Design Summit
  • Universal Design Today Conference
  • University of Southern California
  • U.S. Department of Justice
 

What Clients Say

"Rosemarie's session at our meeting on being inclusive when planning meetings was a hit! In-person and virtual participants rated our speaker a 4.86 out of 5 which is outstanding!

Her willingness to tailor her program to our audience was so appreciated and gave the attendees usable takeaways. She is definitely an expert in this field and an asset to any event."

Jan Spence, CSP, Director of Education
MPI North Florida Chapter

"I am continually impressed with Rosemarie's passion and insight around designing inclusive events. Rosemarie joined Hubb for a panel on inclusive hybrid event design and her depth of knowledge, powerful personal story, and masterful speaking blew our audience away. We had one of our highest net promoter scores and received glowing reviews from our audience.

Rosemarie can introduce new ideas and actionable strategies in a way that is easy to understand and connect with. I highly recommend to any meeting planner to invite Rosemarie to be a part of your event or to use her extensive knowledge on inclusive design thinking at your next meeting."

Allie Magyar, Founder and CEO
Hubb