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How to Make Your Events Accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attendees

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As an independent consultant and speaker, I am not able to attend events and to give presentations there as often as I would like to. It’s an important way for me to be able to learn from other speakers, to network with other professionals, and to meet potential clients. It is hard enough to be an independent consultant, it is much harder for me to be an attendee with hearing loss. I’m often being excluded and feeling frustrated due to communication access barriers that event organizers could easily remove by providing quality communication access services such as live captioning or sign language interpreters or both. Some event organizers are more than happy enough to provide those services but most do not.

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Hotel Accessibility for Deaf Guests

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According to the Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hotels, motels, inns, and other places of lodging are responsible for making their facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities. Not only they need to make their lodgings accessible, but also their websites and communications between staff members and their guests with disabilities.

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