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