22NTC Session: Digital Inclusion
Using Online Meetings to Engage and Empower People With Disabilities
Submitted by: Matt Cherry | Ability Central


One in four American adults has a disability that impacts major life activities. These disabilities include communication challenges such as hearing and vision loss, sensory processing disorders, and difficulty speaking clearly. New communication technologies provide tools that include, support, and empower people with disabilities, yet few nonprofits know how to utilize them effectively.

As a result, people with disabilities are effectively excluded from forums intended to engage and equip them. The exclusion of people with disabilities impacts all social justice work. Disabilities intersect with every area of discrimination, and people who face communication challenges are among the most marginalized members of any oppressed group.

Do you want your organization to engage with people with communication disabilities and learn from them about the challenges arising from our current digital environment? In this presentation, we’ll explain how to address these issues with technology your organization already uses or is easy to obtain.

Session Type

60 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the challenges that people with disabilities, including deaf and blind participants, must overcome to take part in meetings online.
  • Know what steps to take in advance to ensure everyone can fully participate in online meetings.
  • Run an accessible online event that includes, engages and uplifts participants with disabilities and communication challenges.

Target Audience

Communications, Program, IT, and DEI staff who want people with disabilities to be fully engaged and empowered in online meetings.


March 23, 2022


1:00pm – 2:00pm PST