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Rikard Fröberg - Events for everybody


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Rikard's presentation: Events for all - A guide for making events accessible

Text is CC-BY, Photos/illusgtrations - see photo credits at the end

FFKP, The Society for Free Culture and Software, runs a project putting together a guide for how to make an event accessible to all people. In Sweden, there are tons of guides and materials on guidelines, policies, and tips for making different public events more accessible. These are distributed over a large number of government organisations, NGOs and interest groups working with politics for the disabled, and even private business organisations.

What FFKP saw as a challenge was first to make a better overview of all these resources but in one place. Second, we saw the need for a guide written not by or for any one of the stakeholders, which can be very different in nature, but also (with the stakeholders).

Therefore this guide is written in collaboration and in dialogue with what we identified as the three main stakeholders: Organisers, Visitors and the Society. Organisers are anyone who arranges an event or hosts events at their venue. Visitors are anyone who might have any type of disability, or knowledge thereof. By Society, we mean representatives from any national, regional or local government or its organisations.

What makes our approach unique, we believe, is that it aims to produce guidelines, resources and tips produced in dialogue of all three stakeholders, and not from any single perspective. The perspectives of a government authority is very different from that of a society for the rights of the disabled, for instance. We also decided from the very start that we would publish this guide with a free license and we went with Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike. We think it is imperative that a guide like this is a living document which can be built upon, remixed and cited by other forces in the future, without having to ask for permission or going through the hassles of obtaining permissions from the authors.

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Rikard Fröberg - Events for everybody

  1. 1. Making events accessible
  2. 2. About the project <ul><li>Funded by PTS
  3. 3. Run by FFKP
  4. 4. Aim: Create a guide
  5. 5. Investigate tech
  6. 6. Existing tech
  7. 7. Needed tech </li></ul>
  8. 8. Background <ul><li>FFKP organises FSCONS
  9. 9. Saw need for overview
  10. 10. Add free licensing perspective </li></ul>
  11. 11. Aren't there guides already?
  12. 12. Bring stakeholders together <ul><li>Visitors
  13. 13. Organisers
  14. 14. Society </li></ul>
  15. 15. Scope <ul><li>Hearing
  16. 16. Seeing
  17. 17. Moving
  18. 18. Allergy/Sensitivity
  19. 19. Information/Communication </li></ul>
  20. 20. Technology involved
  21. 21. Areas of technology <ul><li>Information – web, sound, vision
  22. 22. Mobility – lifts, door openers </li></ul>
  23. 23. Accessible web <ul><li>Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG
  24. 24. Tools exist, e.g. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Think about what to inform ”We have wheelchair seats, and accessible toilets” Photos from:
  26. 26. Mobility and access Often a simple solution gets you far
  27. 27. Mobility and access Sometimes you need extensive modifications
  28. 28. When interests collide What about historical buildings? Photos: Lennart Klaesson, Tillgänglighetsprojektet Trafikkontoret Stockholms Stad
  29. 29. Some more examples Photos: Lennart Klaesson, Tillgänglighetsprojektet Trafikkontoret Stockholms Stad
  30. 30. Also, what tech is missing? Illutstration found at:
  31. 31. Challenges for innovation <ul><li>CMSs – Can produce inaccessible web content
  32. 32. Historical places can be hard to modify
  33. 33. Who owns a place or building?
  34. 34. Outdoor events – special considerations </li></ul>
  35. 35. Design for all Some accessible designs turned out quite handy
  36. 36. Thank you for listening! <ul><li>Rikard Fröberg - [email_address]
  37. 37.
  38. 38. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Photo credits Folkoperan: Stockholms stad (c) Fotograf är Lennart Klaesson från f.d. Tillgänglighetsprojektet Trafikkontoret LG-TV-Remote-Control_52738-480x360 ( ) Emilian Robert Vicol ( / ( Delta Faucet | Brizo ( ) Charles & Hudson ( / ( Mixer ( ) Dave Rogers ( / ( Automatic Door Caution ( ) Bonnie Peirce ( / ( Audio book Audio Book Concept ( ) Jeff Daly ( / ( Maximteatern Toa: (c) Maximteatern trappa (c) why fscons is a cool conference ( Mathias Klang ( ) CC BY-NC 2.0 ( Omslagsfoto på guiden: Really crowded av Johan Appelgren CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
  40. 40. cont. Steampunk Machine ( ) Barney Moss ( / ( Info-skylt Brighton Ski Lifts ( ) Cassi G ( ) ( Wheelchair Ramp ( ) epha ( / ( VIA Wheelchair Lift, Belleville ( ) Robert Taylor ( / ( Obstacle Race - Dornoch Highhland Gathering 2007 ( John Haslam ( ) 20070420_246 ( ) Phil Hart ( / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (