Occupational Therapist, Disability Consultant
Disability Ministries Committee of the UMC
Tools and Tips for Making Your Camp and Retreat Center Accessible for Everyone
As our camping ministries broaden to include guests of all ages, and as parent of children with disabilities seek positive camp experiences for their children, accessibility plays a larger role in offering hospitality. This session introduces a tool, the Accessibility Awareness Tour, which helps users understand the reasons for various accessibility standards. Participants will see the grounds and facilities at their own camp differently after taking this hands-on tour of the conference site. This session will include discussion of low-cost, practical solutions and will cover the 2010 ADA pool regulations.
Designing Accessible Conferences and Events
Many camps host conference and large group retreats. This workshop will help you identify steps to take in planning and implementing an accessible event. You will receive checklists, job descriptions, and sample presenter information guidelines to help make sure nothing is overlooked. We will practice some of the techniques, such as audio description for attendees who are blind. Accessibility is considered from a comprehensive perspective that includes communication, mobility, environmental, and other factors. We will cover set-up, media, print and web materials, and arranging for interpreters and other types of support needed so that our events demonstrate hospitality to all who attend.