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Getting There: If you're providing transportation for your event, can people with mobility challenges use it?

Signage: Are universal accessibility symbols clearly visible from various entry points and at perimeters of your service areas?

Parking: Are adequate disabled parking spots available and well marked, near a curb cut and within reasonable distance to the entrance?

Pathways:  Are pathways to sections of your site manoeuverable in a wheelchair? Is signage appropriate for persons with low vision?

Seating:  Is accessible seating available? Are these seats located in a variety of places to allow closeness to friends and relatives?

Information Giving: Communication is everything. Consider alternate audio and visual modes of communication (i.e. sign language interpretation)

Bathrooms:  Are washrooms accessible with wide stalls, grab bars and lower mounted equipment such as urinals, sinks and mirrors? If you are renting port-a-potties, include some that are wheelchair accessible.

Water Fountains and Phones:  Can a person who uses a wheelchair or is small use the phone or get a drink?

Support Workers: If a support worker attends an event to support a person with a disability, will you be charging the support person admission? Consider honouring the P.A.L. Card. Contact Sarah Swayze, Inclusion Coordinator at 625-3220 or SSwayze@thunderbay.ca  for more information on the P.A.L. card and how to be an organization included as an acceptor of P.A.L cards .

Promote Your Accessibility:   If your event is accessible, say so!  Include accessibility on your promotional materials.  Are alternative types of promotional materials available (such as large print brochures)?