This article is the first in a series that will take a “deep dive” into the world of image and perception, and how that directly effects business and the overall culture. The author asserts that there is a direct correlation to the value proposition and economic realities of persons with disabilities based on how they are perceived across the mainstream culture, and that business must play an essential role in more positively influencing these perceptions.
A partnership between Monumental Sports and KultureCity, a nonprofit that advocates for sensory inclusion, is expanding accessibility at Capital One Arena so people with sensory challenges can enjoy large events — with tools at hand in the event of a sensory overload. The venue certification process included training for at least half of Capital One Arena’s staff members who interact with the public.
The Maryland Zoo has become the first tourist destination in Maryland to earn sensory inclusion certification through KultureCity, a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides sensory inclusion training and tools to venues and large-scale events.
“The American Association of American Veterinary Medicine (AAVMC) Offers Guidelines on Service Dogs at Teaching Hospitals”
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has created a series of guidelines on how service dogs should be handled in veterinary teaching hospitals run by member institutions. The document, AAVMC Guidelines for Service Animal Access to Veterinary Teaching Facilities, was developed by a working group established by the AAVMC board of directors. The guidelines offer definitions to distinguish between service animals and emotional support animals, outline the legal framework covering these animals, and make recommendations for professional conduct toward and accommodation of service animals at veterinary teaching hospitals.
The author of this article outlines the structural and social factors that he believes help to explain why persons with disabilities still struggle with accessibility in public accommodations. He also offers suggestions for ways to support businesses in making improvements to accessibility, in the absence of more aggressive enforcement.