People with disabilities spend half a trillion dollars annually. That's $500,000,000,000. The U.S. Office of Disability Employment has noted that people with disabilities are the "third largest market segment" in the United States. Collectively, they are a market that is often overlooked and underestimated, and absolutely should not be dismissed.
When we provide tools for access, we invite people to bring a unique perspective, set of skills, and insights to the table, virtual or otherwise. Unfortunately, the lack of truly accessible and inclusive experiences is frequently a barrier to inclusion and full participation, in both physical and digital spaces. Keep this question in mind as you plan online events: Are your virtual events truly accessible? Let's close the gaps in your accessibility plan.