Event Accessibility at Barnard
Planning a Barnard event? Learn how to make it accessible to everyone.
Making Events Accessible
Checklist for Hosting Accessible Events
- If your event is public facing (e.g. the entire Barnard community and/or open to the general public), please fill out our Real-Time Captioning Request Form with as much advance notice as possible (preferably two weeks).
- For events that require an RSVP, please include the following questions on your RSVP form:
- "Do you need access to real-time captions as a disability-related accommodation?"
- “Do you need access to a sign language interpreter as a disability-related accommodation?”
- If you receive a request, please fill out our form according to the below procedure.
- If you have a speaker, ask them to bring several copies of their talk in large font or email it to you in advance for printing. Large font is generally 16 to 18 point size. This can be available for audience members who have low vision.
- If your presenter is showing visual materials, ask presenters to be prepared to give a brief verbal description of the visuals (as in: "this slide shows an image of Barnard's campus on a Fall day, with students, faculty and staff walking on the grounds.")
- If you are showing a film or film clips, do your best to get a version with audio description included. If that is not possible, a quick and easy provision is to have someone sit next to the person with the impairment and quietly tell them what's going on.
- Make sure your venue is wheelchair accessible and check to be sure nearby bathrooms are accessible as well.
- Check the building for automatic door openers and be sure they are working.
- Make sure the room is set up to include spaces for wheelchair users.
Service and Support Animals on Campus
Barnard College will reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities who require the assistance of Service or Support Animals. Each request will be evaluated on a case‐by‐case basis.
Service Animals are usually dogs who have been trained to perform a specific task that assists the individual with a disability. Service Animals are allowed in public spaces on campus. Please review the Service Animal Policy for more information.
Support Animals are other animals that have not necessarily been trained for a specific purpose, but that provide comfort and/or emotional support for an individual with a disability. Support Animals are allowed on a case-by-case basis for students with disabilities within their living space in the Residence Halls, with appropriate approval from CARDS. Support Animals are generally not permitted in public spaces on campus, such as rooms of any other students in College housing, campus housing common spaces, or other areas of the College without prior approval through the CARDS’s reasonable accommodation process. Students seeking approval of a Support Animal must first review the Service and Support Animal Policy, secure supporting documentation (this should include how the support animal fits into an ongoing treatment plan), and then schedule a meeting with their CARDS coordinator to begin evaluation of the request. The process for evaluating a Support Animal request can take up to six weeks, depending on the time of year that the request is received. Please review the Support Animal Policy for more information.