New toolkit to help make rural community events accessible

Event Accessibilty, online and off

With so many community events going online, it’s still important to remember to make sure they are accessible. While our newest toolkit was designed for use at both indoor and outdoor rural community events, there are many considerations that also apply to online events as well. The spirit of community inclusion, support and connection carries on until once again it is safe for us to gather in person at community events.

Looking for ways to help make community events more accessible? Check out RTC:Rural’s newest toolkit, the Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events (or CAARE) Toolkit. The toolkit was created to help community members make sure their rural community events are accessible and inclusive. It includes resources such as checklists of accessibility issues and tools that help advocates conduct surveys and collect feedback from event attendees. The toolkit also contains materials with step-by-step instructions on how to analyze that feedback so it can be shared with event organizers.

"Disability advocates and event organizers can use this toolkit to work together to plan for accessibility, identifying realistic accessibility goals and using a simple survey tool at the event to learn how people experience accessibility," said Dr. Rayna Sage, RTC:Rural Project Director.

"This toolkit provides a platform for building new skills in the areas of fostering greater community participation, creating opportunities for folks of all abilities to contribute in community events, and collaborative problem solving,"said Research Assistant Ari Lissau.

Visit the RTC: Rural Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities for complete information.

Find the CAARE Toolkit online here: Community Assessment for Accessible Rural Events Toolkit