Talking about it afterwards: accessible communication

Firefighter Andrea Hall in full dress uniform and white gloves signs during the inauguration of Biden and Harris.
Firefighter Andrea Hall signs during the Presidential inauguration.

When there is a big televised international, national or local event, people like to talk about it afterwards. Joining in a conversation is part of belonging. But if you couldn’t see or hear the event then that sense of belonging is lost. You can’t talk about it afterwards if communication isn’t accessible.  

A nicely written article on the Danish Universal Design Hub website (use Google translate) explains how the Biden administration is being inclusive. The Biden and Harris inauguration ceremony was very different to the previous one. Everyone was invited to the Biden-Harris party:

“All parts of the day were on separate channels sign language interpreter, live text and sight interpreter. People with disabilities had the opportunity to participate in the entire event. Clothes, people, speeches and scenes were described, down to the gold strings on the orchestra’s uniforms.”

The article discusses what it means to be included in such cultural and social events. Accessible communication means more than just understanding what is being communicated. It includes. 


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