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Services, events and public consultation

People with disability can face barriers to attending and participating in public functions in a variety of ways. They may experience difficulty hearing what is said, seeing small print on an invitation, climbing steps to the venue, understanding signage, or using a rest room in the building.

Public events need to be planned to ensure they are accessible to all members of the community. Consideration of aspects such as the venue, a continuous accessible path to the venue, invitations, and hearing augmentation are important.

To help event organisers design, plan and conduct accessible events, services and public consultations, the Commission has produced a booklet titled Creating Accessible Events.

Organisers are encouraged to visit any venue chosen for a public function or meeting before the planned event to ensure the venue and services are accessible. The checklist in Creating Accessible Events will assist with this determination.

Related documents

Creating accessible events
Creating accessible events
Inclusive Consultation Guide (Department of Social Services)
Accessible events—a guide for event organisers

Related links

For information about access for people who are blind or have a vision impairment, visit the VisAbility (formerly The Association for the Blind of WA) website.

For information about access for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment, visit Deaf Australia's website.

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