This past year has seen a massive change in the way we conduct, attend, and participate in events. Thanks to COVID-19, we weren’t often able to gather in-person for industry conferences, corporate events, or hobbyist gatherings. Instead, most socializing moved out of physical spaces, and into online environments.
As part of the online shift, there was a lot of discussion in communities of people with disabilities about how much easier and more inclusive events would become, now that travel, and access to accessible venues, was no longer a requirement. The general consensus was that people with disabilities would be able to attend more events, and be more included, than ever before. But how has that panned out?
After a year of almost exclusively online-only events, Fable conducted a survey of our community of people with disabilities, to learn about their event experiences. We wanted to know if the accessibility and inclusion that we expected became a reality. We also wanted to know what some of the barriers to online events were and to learn what made our community feel most positive about the events they attended.