Virtual events are all about creating barrier-free, immersive experiences that leave attendees with lasting relationships and memories. However, some event organizers may be reluctant to host virtual events if they are unsure about how to accommodate attendees with disabilities. Fortunately, you can leverage the power of event tech to open up the event to as many people as possible.
Event organizers who are mindful of this need might not always have the adequate resources or training to set up an event with the necessary accessibility features. vFairs takes care of this by offering a dedicated team that provides tech support as well as a project manager who is there to guide you throughout the event. Your PM assists in identifying relevant accessibility needs as well as setting up an accessible event. Additionally, by partnering with vFairs, organizers get an event platform that adheres to WCAG 2.1 compliance at the AA level, ADA, and AODA.
Accessibility Attributes to Include at Virtual Events
To make your virtual event accessible be sure your event has:
- An adaptive UI that helps users choose a disability profile that fits their needs such as seizure-safe, ADHD-friendly, for blind users, and motor disabilities.
- AI-powered IRIS and OCR image recognition technologies to automatically create alt text for images for blind users.
- Closed captioning and translations of live webinars.
- Live transcription of videos for individuals with hearing impairment.
- Adjustable color contrast for color-blind attendees.
- Text size adjustments and screen reader for easy navigation across the webpage.
By including these features in your event, you can ensure greater reach and provide equal opportunities to persons with disabilities.
Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion an Example of Boosting Digital Inclusion at Events
If you want to experience an event that is the definition of inclusion and accessibility join the second annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion from May 24 to 26, 2023. Hosted by the Government of Canada, it will take place just days before the start of National AccessAbility Week, which runs from May 28 to June 3, 2023.
Powered by vFairs, the congress is fully WCAG 2.1 compliant meaning the attendees with special needs would be able to access the event with ease. vFairs makes use of accessibility applications that have built-in ARIA attributes including a screen reader, color contrast, text size adjustment, and subtitles. To make the event experience a breeze, attendees can use the Tab button on their keyboards to jump between sections of the event.
With accessible events like these, the congress aims to level the playing field by offering innovative ideas for a barrier-free Canada. The event will be translated into English, French, and American sign language. Audiences can also read English and French captioning. You can look forward to these activities during the event:
- A panel discussion including the most prominent disability and accessibility advocates, community members, academics, leaders, and innovators.
- Networking opportunities.
- An innovation showcase featuring leading-edge projects, ideas, and activities focused on improving accessibility and inclusion from the start.
- A virtual career fair for persons with disabilities is scheduled on the third day of the event. It is a unique opportunity for persons with disabilities to meet with prospective employers from across the country.
Witness accessibility advocates, thought leaders, and persons of disabilities come together as a community without any limitations of attendance and interaction. Explore various ways of encouraging diversity and inclusion as well as career opportunities across Canada. Join the event.