1. Be proactive when possible:
- Come early to “open seating” arrangements to secure the best seat
- Before the meeting, explain your needs to the organizer or speaker.
- Ask for any written materials: outline, script, etc.
- Inquire about availability of hearing assistance
- Have your assistive listening device in place well in advance.
2. Advocate for everyone by requesting specific changes.
- Change the lighting
- Close the curtains
- Close the door
- Provide a microphone for audience speakers, if possible
- Ask the speaker to repeat questions or comments from the audience.
- Ask that any speaker on “stage” or in the audience face the group, if possible.
Author: Flo Spratt