American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

In Their Words: A Conversation about Accessibility
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Location: 
Executive Room
Presenter: 
M. Nelson, M. Clark, and P. Participant, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, District of Columbia; A. Grady, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia; L. Starling, American Horticultural Therapy Association, Seattle, Washington
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

Evaluation is a critical component to the success of just about any endeavor. However, how often do we take the time to reflect with program participants and facilitators? With momentum around diversifying audiences, organizations are encouraged to examine their commitment to and understanding of the disability community. With an ever-expanding array of offerings and programs for people with disabilities, where does an organization begin? Join a diverse panel who self-identify with differing abilities as well as several program facilitators for an open dialogue about what success looks like within public gardens. Participants will be better able to advocate within their organization to diversify audiences, identify community assets to develop opportunities that support differing abilities, and engage with accessibility advocates.