Planning an Accessible Event

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that Georgetown University ensure that its programs, facilities, goods and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Under Title III of the ADA, a public accommodation must provide auxiliary aids and services to disabled people if necessary for the disabled person to use the entity’s goods or services. Examples of auxiliary aids and services include sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or materials in enlarged print or Braille, etc. However, the auxiliary aids and services would not be required if they would “fundamentally alter” the nature of the goods or services, or if they would result in an undue burden.

When planning an event, potential guests/participants should be informed about how they may go about requesting a disability accommodation. It is important that information be included in flyers, advertisements, or other materials distributed before an event.

Departments are asked to use the following tag in such announcements:

“Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact the following resources: Students at the main campus and medical campus may contact the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at (202) 687-8354. Students at the Law Center should contact the Office of Disability Services at (202) 662-4042. All faculty, staff and visitors may contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798. Requests can be responded to more effectively if received in advance, preferably 48 hours prior to the event.”