Making the fun things in life accessible to everyone.
Laura Grunfeld, founder of Everyone's Invited, specializes in helping outdoor festivals improve access for people with disabilities. She has designed and developed Access Programs for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival , Bonnaroo Music Festival , Life is good Festival , Rothbury Festival , Electric Forest Festival , Phish Superball IX , and Phish Atlantic City . She has provided consulting and training services for HullabaLOU , The Big Up , and CID Entertainment , and has delivered numerous seminars.
Producers of outdoor festivals have their own set of obstacles to overcome when working to improve access for patrons with disabilities: temporary facilities, little infrastructure, rough terrain, unpredictable weather, limited budgets, and large numbers of untrained temporary staff. Laura Grunfeld understands these difficulties and can help make a festival as accessible as possible with the resources available.
Why should festivals improve their access for people with disabilities?
- It's the law! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal law, requires that all entities open to the public be accessible to people with disabilities. Help avoid lawsuits by putting an access plan in place.
- It broadens your market! Twenty percent of all Americans have a disability. As baby boomers age, more and more people are developing disabilities. You are losing customers if your festival is not accessible.
- It's the right thing to do! People with disabilities want to participate in the fun things in life just as everyone else does.