News from Northwest ADA Center – Idaho

More than 15% of voting age Idahoans have a disability. More than 14 million people with disabilities voted in the 2018 mid-term election. That’s an increase of 9% from the 2014 mid-terms. 

To reach these voters, public events like debates, forums and town hall meetings need to be accessible. Prior to scheduling, planners should check for:
   -accessible parking close to the entrance
   -access route to the door is at least 36” wide
   -are all doorways inside the building 36”
   -are bathrooms accessible
   -if accessible entrance is different, make sure signage directs people to accessible entrance
   -make sure licensed sign language interpreters are available for entire event
   -if the event is filmed make sure it is closed captioned

For email information:
   -avoid using images in emails because screen readers cannot tell what the image is
   -if you include a phone line for the general public, include an email address for alternative communication
   -if using PDF’s make sure it is accessible.

For snail mail:
   -be sure staff know how to handle a request for braille or large print.
   -have material available on a CD or flash drive
   -use a font that is easy to read like Aphont, Arial (18 pt)

Communicate:
   -talk directly to the person, not the aide
   -use a normal voice unless requested otherwise
   -make eye contact
   -if you don’t understand the person, ask them to repeat what they said
   -when talking to a person in a wheelchair, find a chair or bench to put yourself at the same height. 

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Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator 

For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website: nwadacenter.org/idaho

Email:dananwadacenteridaho@gmail.com
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 7