Deaf and hard of hearing people throughout Australia can finally enjoy opportunities to participate in public events and meetings equally with everyone else.
The aim of the ‘Communication Accessibility Guidelines for Meetings and Public Events’ is to ensure that communication requirements are catered to meet the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing people to allow them full participation at these functions.
This Guideline is complementary to existing Disability Accessibility Guidelines – with key focus on communication access containing three core requirements:
- Sign Language Interpreting;
- Induction loop (or hearing loop), and
The responsibility for provision of communication access falls with event organisers and hosts. This Guide helps organisers and hosts to take consideration of accessibility needs for deaf and hard of hearing people and to minimise risk of potential discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
This Communication Accessibility Guidelines cannot be made possible without significant contribution from:
- Deaf Australia,
- Deafness Forum of Australia,
- Australian Sign Language Interpreting Association,
- The Captioning Studio, and
- Australian Federation of Deaf Societies.