Conference Accessibility

The WID-JPMorgan Chase & Co. Conference Accessibility Initiative launched in 2016. For this effort, WID, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, is actively striving to make community development and policy conferences more accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities.

Why is conference accessibility so important?

Across the United States, convenings of civil rights and community development organizations help to set the economic opportunity agenda. Unless the conferences fully integrate disability access issues into their content–and people with disabilities are present–the needs and perspectives of the disability community will be largely left out of the discussion.

Through disability accommodations, scholarships, and training, WID and JPMorgan Chase continue to make conference accessibility and economic opportunity more inclusive to the 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Overview of the Conference Accessibility Initiative (video below):

Conference Accessibility Resource Library

We are thrilled to offer this free virtual library with tools to help everyone plan events and conferences that are welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities. Our Resource Library includes plain-language, screen reader-accessible PDFs, videos, tutorials, checklists, recommended accessibility service providers, and more!

Link to our Conference Accessibility Resource Library

Would you like more hands-on support in making your event accessible? Contact our Senior Director of Operations and Deputy Director Kat Zigmont at kat@wid.org for a quote!

Photos, blogs, and more from our Conference Access Initiative

Read the press release for information about the kickoff in March 2016 for more information.

To read more about each year of the initiative and see photos from each conference, click on the links below.

Link to 2020 Conference Accessibility Initiative. Link to Conference Access Initiative 2019.Link to Conference Access Initiative 2018 page.Conference Access 2017 button_March 2020 updateLink to Conference Access Initiative 2016 page.

A group of seven people, some with disabilities, and one service dog
WID staff, JPMC staff, and Disability Ambassadors at an evening event | Photo by JPMC

If you are having technical issues or accessibility issues on this site, email wid@wid.org.

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