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Including Everyone; Accessibility and Inclusion at Events


Stephanie Soplop
City of Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department, ADA (Title II) Coordinator

Stephanie Soplop began working for the City of Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department in January 2011, starting in a part time position and moving into a full-time position in 2012. During her 10 years of employment, she has had an opportunity to assist at many special events the City has, including the Holiday Parade, Fourth of July event, Fall Festival, and several events throughout the year. Combining her volunteer and educational experiences working with individuals with disabilities, Stephanie became the Recreation & Assessment Specialist for the City. In this position she ensured inclusion and accessibility in the City’s programs and events. Stephanie has recently been promoted the City’s ADA (Title II) Coordinator to continue advocating for individuals with disabilities and help ensure the City is inclusive and accessible

Valeria Mejia
City of Miami Beach, ADA Coordinator

Valeria Mejia has been the ADA Coordinator for the City of Miami Beach since 2014 after working 13yrs as ADA consultant/specialist in the private sector. She is a graduate architect with extensive technical knowledge in ADA related codes. As ADA Coordinator, she is also the liaison to the Disability Access Committee, a board of 14 residents/business representatives in Miami Beach either with disabilities or with an interest in the disability world; the board meets monthly to discuss different ADA related matters and sends communications to the Mayor and Commission on residents ADA suggestions or concerns. Ms. Mejia reviews city projects and/or events on public property, provides accommodations to both members of the public and staff as needed, and provides disability sensitivity trainings to staff. In addition, Ms. Mejia developed internal guides for accessibility in special events and accessibility during construction to assist staff in reviewing these permits. Ms. Mejia maintains on-going training and learning via constant consultation and training with state and federal agencies, as well as working with local resource agencies on additional services for the community.

Learn best practices for making sure everyone, including people with disabilities can enjoy your events. From the planning stage, to marketing your event, managing the event, and evaluating it, accessibility is an important aspect. Hear from two Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinators as they provide strategies and advice on creating accessible events. Taking a proactive approach will provide you with a framework to plan events that are inclusive where everyone feels welcome.