2016 marked the launch of the WID-JPMorgan Chase & Co. Conference Accessibility Initiative. In 2017, we are excited to continue this pioneering work. 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.
Across America, 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.
- Read the press release for information about the kickoff in March 2016.
- Visit our 2016 Conference Accessibility Initiative page to read about the first year of the initiative.
- Visit our 2017 Conference Accessibility Initiative page to see a photo gallery for each of our 2017 conferences.
- Read about our primary captioner, Deanna Baker, who ensured thousands of people experienced open captioning for the first time in 2016 and who will continue her great work with us in 2017.
Organizations Served in 2017
- Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)
- National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
- National Urban League (NUL)
- Florida Housing Coalition (FHC)
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
- Independent Sector
- NeighborWorks America
Scholarships Offered in 2017
Disability Ambassadors Needed!
Are you interested in attending national conferences for free and giving a voice and a face to disability issues? If so, apply to become a Disability Ambassador!
Conference Accessibility Tools
- WID Conference Accessibility Checklist (PDF)
- Disability-Friendly Presenter Guidelines (PDF)
- Five Steps to Make Your Presentations Accessible (Video below):
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