Accessibility is good for everyone

The term accessibility is used to describe how well an activity works for a person with a disability. 

Accessibility can be about physical design and construction. Is it possible, for example, to reach the coffee cups and take coffee yourself for someone who uses a wheelchair? It can also be about the design of information. Are films and pictures visually interpreted for those who cannot see? Sign language interpreter meetings? Is information available in easy-to-read format or with image support?

Here are some tips to start with to become more accessible. Remember to always ask in good time, preferably in connection with the invitation, if there are any needs for adaptations and accessibility.

Hearing impairment

  • Make sure to be in premises where there is a hearing loop.
  • In larger contexts, require everyone to use a microphone, without exception.
  • In digital meetings, remember that everyone speaking should have their camera on. It makes it easier to be able to read lips and see facial expressions.

Visual impairment and blindness

  • If films, pictures or illustrations are shown, they must be visually interpreted. That is, someone must narrate and describe the images, so that those who cannot see them do not miss any information.
  • Use a font and size that works. Calibri or Arial are safe cards. Feel free to use size 12 or 14 and have at least 1.5 row spacing.
  • Offer accompaniment for those who wish. That is to say that someone is a support in wide trips and in new environments so that everyone can find.
  • Mobility impairments, wheelchairs and permobiles, crutches
  • Everyone must be able to use the same entrance. Make sure that doorways and toilets are accessible. Of course, there should be no stairs or steps that obstruct access.
  • Meeting rooms and premises can often be cramped. Remove some chairs so that everyone has room to move around the room.
  • Remember that everyone should be able to take coffee themselves. Do not keep the coffee cups on high shelves or the milk at the top of the fridge. Make sure they are at a reachable height for the person using a wheelchair.
  • Intellectual disabilities (ID), speech and language difficulties, etc.
  • Write short sentences, and use simple language.
  • Speak slowly and don't be afraid of pauses. Feel free to use pictures as support.
  • Tell at the beginning what is going to happen and when you are done. Summarize with three points what you learned/concluded at the end.
Everyone is different, regardless of disability. But everyone tends to feel more involved and learn more, if you think a little extra about inclusion and accessibility. Accessibility is good for everyone.