81st German Welfare Day: sophisticated conference technology for people with speech and hearing impairments at the ICS

„Um auch für gehörgeschädigte Besucher eine möglichst hohe Barrierefreiheit zu ermöglichen, wurde der Gebärdendolmetscher auf einer großen Leinwand synchron zum Redner als Picture-in-Picture gezeigt“, erklärt Avni Memaj, Projektleiter bei Neumann & Müller (Bildnachweis: Neumann & Müller).

German Welfare Day: sophisticated conference technology for people with speech and hearing impairments at the ICS

The 81st German Welfare Day took place at the  ICS (International Congress Centre of Messe Stuttgart) from 15 to 17 May 2018. Some 1,800 delegates and 50 exhibitors explored questions relating to modern and future-proof social security systems as well as social cohesion, diversity and solidarity issues. The event was accompanied by symposia and professional forums.

Not only were the facilities of the ICS equipped with sophisticated conference technology – there was also a special focus on accessibility. Sign language interpreters offered a simultaneous interpretation of the speakers’ lectures via a picture-in-picture frame on the big screen. Service partner Neumann & Müller was hence able to fully meet the needs of the German Association for Public and Private Welfare.

To ensure a maximum of comfort and freedom of movement infrared systems were additionally set up in all 14 booked conference rooms, which amplified the audio signal for hearing aid users through induction loops. This enabled audio-impaired attendees to visit the different rooms without having to adjust their hearing aids or external earphones. 

The “Encounter Evening” on the second day of the event featured the play “Inclusio” by the Inclusion Theatre Company. Safety was again a top priority at this event. In addition to standard precautions a stage manager monitored the lighting of the stage entrance and exit as well as general traffic. 

The organiser was very happy with the staging and venue of the 81st German Welfare Day. “In addition to the good infrastructure and location at Stuttgart Airport we very much appreciated the professional support provided by members of the guest event team,” says Michael Löher, Chairman of the German Association for Public and Private Welfare. “The modern rooms, all featuring natural daylight, and the flawless conference technology made this a highly enjoyable event for our speakers and all attendees.”