In the world of events, there is still a distinct lack of representation and inclusion of diverse communities and those with accessibility needs. Shouldn’t we hold ourselves accountable to ensure ALL voices are heard, so everyone feels welcome regardless of identity and status?
Ensuring diversity and inclusion in events is not confined to merely expressing anti- discrimination statements and citing your accessibility policies. It’s about bringing real solutions into place from the planning stage, in the content of the event, and through to the moment the door closes on the last visitor to your venue.
A recent government report on inclusivity and diversity states that an inclusive environment helps to accelerate innovation, creativity, employment, and economic growth for everyone across the UK. On the flip side, the lack of representation and inclusion of diverse communities deprives events of valuable insights, contributions, and experiences. Immersive AV incorporates various AV solutions to help events create a more accommodating environment for attendees with diverse needs. Here are several ways that AV can make a difference to your event today:
Real-time captioning and subtitling
Live captioning or subtitles on screens can not only aid those with hearing impairments but can also benefit non- native speakers and individuals with different learning preferences.
Assistive listening systems (ALS)
ALS uses infrared or radio frequency technology to transmit audio directly to hearing aids or personal receivers. This can help individuals with hearing impairments to ensure that everyone hear speakers, announcements, and audio elements during the event.
Assisting those with sight impairments, audio description software can describe the visual imagery in your presentations.
Sign language interpreters
AV technology helps amplify the visibility of sign language interpreters either through live video feeds or direct on- stage presence to enhance visibility for attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing.
For international events, AV systems can be used to provide real-time translation services, allowing participants to select their preferred language.
Facilitate remote participation through live streaming or video conferencing, allowing individuals who cannot physically attend to engage with the event content. AV systems can also display live feeds of presentations in various areas of the venue, allowing attendees with mobility challenges to access content from different locations.
Immersive AV can incorporate interactive technologies, such as audience response systems and mobile apps, for polling, Q&As, and audience participation for those with diverse abilities.
Digital signage at varied and adjustable heights can provide wayfinding and information boards for those who require wheelchairs or mobility assistance. Interactive displays can provide engagement with hearing loops, audio descriptions and easy-to-understand wayfinding, all based on the user’s specific requirements.
Inclusive event apps
Develop event apps with accessibility features, such as voice commands, screen reader compatibility, and customisable font sizes, to enhance the overall event experience.
Accessible lighting and visual cues
Use AV technology to implement adjustable lighting systems and visual cues that cater to attendees with visual sensitivities or impairments.
Noise-cancelling headphones or silent conference headsets enable quiet spaces, reducing ambient sound and providing a comfortable environment for individuals with sensory sensitivities.
While AV technology can significantly enhance accessibility and inclusivity, we also need to respect choices, be mindful of pronouns, and dietary preferences or other requirements.We need to match our content to our audience to ensure no one is excluded, move any barriers that may be physical or contextual and continue to respect our peers’ life choices.
Immersive AV is passionate about making events inclusive for all, using technology where required, building physical access where needed, and keeping our minds open at all times.
Immersive AV’s specialist team is ready to help and offer personalised advice to create a seamless event experience. Visit its website or contact on the number below to learn more about how it can help your next event become more inclusive.
0195 295 3500