The aim of this course is to discuss strategies on how to make venue space more accessible for all. Dr Julie Whitfield, Harriett Clark and Professor Dioko have written a research paper which was conducted to investigate if people with disabilities are satisfied with how conference venues are meeting their needs and highlight the importance of developing a more accessible quality of life for all.
The research findings highlight that it is apparent that the issue of finding suitable venues for people with disabilities is an ongoing problem within the industry. A number of key findings emerged from this research, which if addressed, could enhance people with disabilities experiences of accessing conferences.
The data analysis uncovered that people with disabilities are not satisfied with the level of access at conferences and that hotels and conference venues are still not investing money into accessibility. Both physical and socially barriers still prevent people with disabilities attending conferences. Yet it has been found that good design for people with disabilities is frequently good design for everyone.
Dr Julie Whitfield joined Bournemouth University in September 2005 where she is the postgraduate coordinator for the MSc Events Management and MSc Events Marketing programmes. She is a senior lecturer in Conference and Events Management, specialising within UK conference events sector.
Half-day course fees: £70
Discounts apply for multiple course bookings:
- Two half-day courses on the same day: £130
- One week of half-day courses: £595
- All half-day courses: £995
- All masterclasses & half-day courses: £1295