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      A range of flexible meeting spaces in which to host your event

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              St. Catz' Commitment to Accessibility

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              At the heart of every conference event lies the principle of inclusivity, one which St. Catherine’s College (St. Catz) passionately upholds.

              As the business world evolves, the importance of accessibility in conferences and events cannot be overstated. At St. Catz, we are dedicated to not just acknowledging this need, but actively working to create an environment where every attendee, regardless of their abilities, feels welcomed, valued, and understood.

              This commitment to accessibility is woven into the fabric of our events, ensuring inclusivity is not just a buzzword, but a lived experience for everyone.


              Understanding Accessibility

              Accessibility is a broad term that covers various aspects of event planning and management, ensuring that all participants can engage fully and effectively.

              For St. Catz, this means going beyond physical accessibility to include sensory, cognitive, and digital inclusivity. We strive to create an environment where barriers are minimised, and every attendee can navigate the event with ease and dignity.


              Physical Accessibility: A Foundational Commitment

              At the core of our commitment lies the promise of physical accessibility. St. Catz venues are carefully chosen and designed to be barrier-free, with wide doorways, accessible restrooms, and ramps wherever necessary.

              Elevators and tactile signs ensure that movement around the venue is not just possible but comfortable for everyone. We also provide reserved seating areas for attendees with mobility issues, ensuring they have the best possible view.


              Sensory Inclusivity: A World of Experience

              Recognising the diversity in sensory processing among our attendees, St. Catz has taken significant steps in creating sensory-friendly environments.

              These include offering quiet rooms for those who may find the hustle and bustle of conferences overwhelming, and ensuring our audio-visual content is accessible, with closed captioning available upon request.


              Cognitive Accessibility: Simplifying Complexity

              Cognitive accessibility is a crucial aspect often overlooked in event planning. At St. Catz, we aim to simplify the complex, offering clear and straightforward communication before and during our events.

              This includes easy-to-understand signage, and readily available assistance for questions or concerns.

              Our goal is to create an environment where information is not just available but easily understood.


              Digital Accessibility: Connecting Without Barriers

              In the digital era, ensuring our online content and virtual event platforms are accessible is paramount. St. Catz prioritises website accessibility, adhering to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to ensure our digital presence is available for all.

              This includes screen reader compatibility, alternative text for images, and ensuring all digital content is navigable through keyboard commands alone. For virtual events, we provide real-time captioning and ensure our platforms are compatible with assistive technologies.


              Fostering an Inclusive Culture: Beyond Physical Spaces

              Creating an inclusive environment extends beyond physical modifications and technological accommodations; it's about fostering a culture of inclusivity.

              St. Catz actively works to sensitise its staff and volunteers to the nuances of accessibility, ensuring every attendee feels respected and valued. We believe in the power of empathy, understanding, and respect in creating an environment where everyone feels included.


              Feedback and Continuous Improvement

              We understand the journey towards full accessibility is ongoing, and feedback from our attendees is invaluable. After each event, we actively seek out and welcome feedback regarding our accessibility measures. This feedback is then reviewed and acted upon, ensuring our future events are even more inclusive.


              Our Promise

              At St. Catz, our commitment to accessibility is unwavering. We are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can fully participate, learn, and connect. Our aim is not just to meet the minimum requirements of accessibility but to exceed them, setting new standards for inclusivity in conferences and events.

              As we look to the future, we are excited about the possibilities that our continued commitment to accessibility holds. We see a world where every event at St. Catz is a great example of inclusivity; a place where diversity is not just accepted but celebrated. Through continuous improvement, engagement with our attendees, and a steadfast commitment to accessibility, we’re making this vision a reality.

              In closing, we invite you to join us at our next event, to experience first-hand the inclusive environment St. Catz is proud to offer. Whether you're attending in person or virtually, know that you are valued, and your experience matters to us.


              Together, let's break down barriers and build a community that is accessible, inclusive, and welcoming for all.