It is each event organiser's responsibility to ensure that an event is as accessible as it can be for students who wish to attend. It is understandable that events may not always be able to accomodate all requests for accessibility but it is a requirement to provide students the opportunity to request accomodations.
Below is a range of support and guidance you can use to ensure your events are accessible.
Event organisers should always provide a point of contact and ask that those with any access requirements, e.g relating to sensory impairments, to get in touch in advance of the event.
Support Links For CAmpus:
- Access to LSE buildings - see Campus accessibility and map. To ensure that disabled access doors are open outside of office hours please contact LSE Security on 020 7955 6200.
- Wheelchair access & spaces - please refer to AccessAble.
- Hearing loops - the larger venues at LSE are fitted with either induction loops or infra-red transmitters. Please refer to Venue Information. You should contact DTS, DTS.Teaching.Support@lse.ac.uk, if you receive a request to use a hearing loop for advice.
Practical Steps you can use when planning and organising events:
- Where possible complete an equality impact assessment
- When choosing your speakers/panel for your event, where possible ensure there is a diverse panel.
- On your event page ask that those with any access requirements, e.g relating to sensory impairments, to get in touch in advance of the event.
- When booking an external venue, ensure to ask them what assibility they can provide for your members
- On your event page/advertising ensure you provide details of the accessibility of the event
- Consider the time of day – for Student Parent & Carers, or students of Faith
- Always consider dietary requirements – for Students of Faith or Culture
- Consider physical accessibility to the space or content – for disabled students.
- Pronouns – for speakers or name badges
- Consider the use of a translator or a sign-language interpretor if budget allows
During The Event
- Event organisers should always provide a point of contact on the day for individuals with accessibility needs.
- During housekeeping, highlight the accessiblity features of the event or venue
- Ensure you do not segregate based on gender
- Provide clear signage for those with accessibility needs
- Provide a fast track past the que system for those with physical disabilities