Hearing loss: What do event planners need to know?
I’m planning an event soon. It’s a relatively small affair with 20 people, but at least one potential participant has hearing loss. I want her to be and feel included and to be able to participate fully. I bet many event organizers – from professional event planners to amateurs like myself – would like to know what they can do to make sure their event is successful for people with hearing loss (and everyone). For example, when families plan weddings, birthday celebrations, family reunions, do they think about family members who may have hearing loss?
Here are some of my initial questions:
1. Many such events are held in hotel conference rooms or church halls. What should I ask the venue about?
2. What technology do I need to supply?
3. What adaptations or technology might the person with hearing loss have? What should I ask them?
4. What non-tech things can I and the other participants do to include the person with hearing loss? For example, how do I ensure they can participate in group discussions comfortably?
5. What do I need to know and haven’t thought to ask?
6. Are there any resources or websites out there that can help me?