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Breakout 2D

Brianna Blaser, with long dark hair, smiling

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Central Time

Accessible Meetings and Events

Scott Bellman, wearing a suit and tie

Presented by:


Brianna Blaser, Counselor/Coordinator, and Scott Bellman, Program Manager, Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center, University of Washington

Session Description:

Workshops, conferences, and events will not be truly inclusive without consideration of accessibility. This session will discuss specific strategies that organizers can use in online, hybrid, and in person events to be more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities. As a bonus, these strategies can also benefit wider audiences, not just people with disabilities. The talk will touch on planning, virtual and physical spaces, accommodation requests, marketing, and evaluation. In addition, more thorough resources will be shared. The speakers have experience planning accessible events, implementing accessibility committees for conferences, and consulting with outside organizations on event accessibility.

Speaker Bios:


Through her work at the DO-IT Center at the University of Washington, Brianna Blaser works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in science and engineering careers. She is the co-PI for AccessComputing and PI for AccessADVANCE. Her work includes direct interventions for individuals with disabilities and working with faculty, employers, and other stakeholders to create institutional change.

Scott Bellman works at the DO-IT Center at the University of Washington and serves as Associate Director of Diversity at the UW Center for Neurotechnology. He is PI of Neuroscience for Neurodiverse Learners, and leads the West Coast Hub of the NSF INCLUDES TAPDINTO-STEM Alliance. He is editor of the book Perspectives of STEM Students with Disabilities, and has published several articles that share work promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity.

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