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Creating Inclusive Events: Addressing Accessibility to Ensure Equal Opportunities for EVERY attendee

22 January, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
1901 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Karen Gerhart

Imagine checking into a hotel room, but you are not able to hang up your clothes, see yourself in the bathroom mirror or make a cup of coffee?  What about attending a conference and not being able to navigate the conference web site or maneuver through the ballroom to find a seat for lunch? This is the reality many face.


In 2017, it has been reported that over 40 million people, 12.7% of the population, live with a disability in America.  Approximately 21 percent of them are active members of the workforce, attending offsite meetings and conventions.  Are you doing everything you can and should (legally) to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from your event? 


Hoteliers, do you know what is legally required to meet the American Disabilities Act?  How are you communicating what special accommodations you provide to individuals with a disability?  Is your front and back of house staff trained to assist those with disabilities? 


Planners, do you have an accessibility policy?  Do you know what to look for during a site visit?  Do you know the questions to ask your guests who require special accommodations? Is your website accessible?  Do you know about technology that can be used to help make your meetings more accessible?


Together, hoteliers and planners can deliver an experience that welcomes and supports guests with disabilities. 

Venue Details

The Crowne Plaza is on a 14 acre oasis in the University/Midtown district.  The Crowne Plaza Albuquerque captures the unique flavor and artistry of our great Southwest New Mexico.  We are minutes from historic Old Town, Balloon Fiesta Park, the world’s longest aerial tramway, championship golf course, gaming casinos, and of course, wonderful shopping opportunities and a dazzling array of dining and entertainment choices.  Centrally located at the crossroads of New Mexico, our hotel is your headquarters to go out and explore the best New Mexico has to offer!


Facilities include three restaurants, including the award winning Ranchers Club of New Mexico, two lounges, full service business center, indoor and outdoor pool, complete fitness center, and 26,000 square feet of meeting space.

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