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Inclusive Virtual Experiences in a Post-COVID World
SESSION TRACK: External Communications; Professional Development; DE&I
SPEAKERS: Anthony DeVergillo, Internal Digital Communications Associate, Amicus Therapeutics
In 2020, the world was forced to transition from in-person events to fully virtual experiences. This transition started off slow with many unknowns, but over time we adapted and learned what worked best in order for engagement and participation to flourish. In this session, you will learn why the virtual side of events should continue even after the pandemic ends, along with virtual best practices and techniques to be as inclusive as possible. You will have the opportunity to hear stories and personal experiences that highlight the importance of inclusive events and be provided with real-life examples of the beneficial impact it has on participants. I guarantee there are people who want to share their unique perspective at your events, but they cannot physically attend due to medical or transportation issues. So isn’t it about time you bring the world to your events AND bring your events to the world?
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
Anthony DeVergillo is a motivated communication professional with a focus in the rare disease space. He lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle-weakening disease, but he never lets it stop him from advocating for people with disabilities to be fully included in society. Anthony is currently concentrating his energy on the social barriers that the pandemic has brought into the public view, such as the need for a virtual option for every in-person event. After graduating from Rutgers University, Anthony struggled to find a career due to the discrimination behind closed doors against people with disabilities. Amicus Therapeutics was the first to provide him an opportunity to use his abilities as the Internal Digital Communications Associate partnering with employees to unify brand, people, and message. He is also a board member of Our Odyssey, a nonprofit focusing on empowering young adults living with a rare disease with social connection.