Accessibility and Event Technology: A Beginner’s Guide

According to the World Health Organization, 16% of people worldwide have some type of disability, with the US even higher at 26%.1

As an event organizer, you can expand your attendee base, create richer customer connections, and drive your business goals further to create an accessibility-friendly experience for your events.

Join Cvent’s accessibility guru, Stephen Cutchins, who will help break down the essential aspects of accessibility and how you can begin to create events that are truly accessible.

Key Takeaways:

  • A deeper understanding of accessibility: facts, figures and definitions
  • Increased awareness of specific types of disabilities and how these can influence your event planning
  • The surprising consequences of not incorporating accessibility concepts for your attendees

1 Disability. World Health Organization 2023 March 7. Available from:

Earn CEUs: The Events Industry Council has reviewed the learning objectives of this activity and has indicated that attendees will receive 1 CE hours in the Site Management Domain of the CMP or CMP-HC Standards.

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Stephen Cutchins
Stephen Cutchins
Product Manager and Accessibility Expert

Stephen joined Cvent in early 2022 after over 20 years working for IT consulting firms, the past 15+ years being dedicated to helping his clients achieve their accessibility-related goals. In prior work leading accessibility programs, he worked closely with People with Disabilities, including those who were Blind, Deaf, or had physical disabilities, including his prior Test Lead who was a quadriplegic, so he has both a passion and firsthand experience understanding how People with Disabilities use the web. As Cvent’s Senior Manager of Accessibility, Stephen works to ensure that our products are both usable and enjoyable by attendees who have disabilities. On a personal note, his mother was an amputee, and he grew up with two cousins who were in wheelchairs, so accessibility is near and dear to his heart. 

Stephen lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his two children. For recreation, he is an avid cyclist, having biked about 3,000 miles last year.