I’m lucky enough to get invited to speak at a variety of conferences around the world.
After accepting a speaking invitation, and checking I’m not on an all-male line-up, I usually make one of the following requests to the organisers.
- Thanks for inviting me. Can you let me know if the venue is wheelchair accessible?
- So excited to be there. What are the crèche facilities going to be?
- Looking forward to speaking. Will you be providing a sign-language interpreter?
- Can’t wait to see you. Please can you ensure that videos of the sessions have subtitles?
- Here are the slides you requested. Does the venue have gender neutral toilets?
- Cheers, I’ve booked my travel. What’s the link to the Code of Conduct?
These aren’t things which I necessarily need – but they’re incredibly important for people who might feel nervous about making special requests.
I’m not saying you have to do all of these – or that these are the only issues you should care about. But pick something. Spend a few of your privilege points on making the event a bit more inclusive for everyone who attends.