Thinking about the needs of all participants is key to a successful event.
Having enjoyed their meal in a neo-Gothic, wood-panelled grand hall, most delegates were on their way to the afternoon sessions. Meanwhile, Caroline Miles had just spent 20 minutes sitting in her wheelchair looking at the back of the delivery van blocking her path to both the talk and the lunch.
The simple strategies described in this piece speak not only to respect and justice in our endeavours, failing to be inclusive can significantly limit the relevance and impact of our work. Gary has been compiling anecdotes from the field that would make you cry with laughter, or just cry.
As Miles waited for someone to find the driver of the delivery vehicle blocking her way into the main meeting venue for the second time, she finally gave up. “I burst into tears and said, ‘That’s it, I’m going home’.”