Accommodating Low Vision and Blind Attendees

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.

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Accommodating Low Vision and Blind Attendees

PCMA Convening Leaders 2023 Convention


I think one of the most challenging things situations when we had a blind attendee and just giving that person a. This to like all the materials, but at a big convention, knowing it was hard, knowing what session she would go to and and being able to transcribe all that just was such a it seems like such a daunting task. So in the end, we just gave her comp registration because in the end she was not able to get all full access to everything. That somebody who came together well.

She could have registered in advance and the speaker could have sent a PDF accessible documents in advance and in a readable format for that person. So they could have had them a week in advance from the speaker as a pdf readable, and they could have had the whole slide set. Also, the speaker usually. I know Lisa and I would do that in a heartbeat. If the conference organizer says I need a set of slides so that someone in the audience can have them because they can't see. Other times I've had people that have limited sight. They say, "I need to be in the front." And so reserve that for them with their name on their seat, also for hearing impaired. So, I was an MPI World Education Congress and they had a yellow cloth over the seat back saying "Reserved." And then they had the person's name on the table. And the person who volunteered at the breakout said to Larry when he came in, Oh, you said you wanted to sit up front. We have a seat right here for you as a VIP.