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The American Anthropological Association is committed to ensuring it is inclusive, accessible and exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements at the Annual Meeting. AAA will make arrangements for sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and other disability-related access needs and services for meeting registrants.
We cannot anticipate all needs, as everyone is different; therefore, we rely on direct communication with those who require accessibility assistance to be as appropriate and as efficient as possible.
Presenter and Exhibitors Resources
Presenters and exhibitors should pay special attention to attendees with disabilities. AAA has created the following guidelines for creating accessible presentations and exhibit booths.
Meeting Room Setup
Specific requests will be made to the AAA Meeting Hotels and the Convention Center regarding adequate aisle space and cut-outs for wheelchair users in all meeting rooms. Please note the standard head table set up provides a podium and podium microphone. If you are presenting a paper and require a tabletop or lavaliere microphone, please notify AAA in writing at least three weeks prior to the meeting. Every effort will be made to set meeting rooms to accommodate people with disabilities both as speakers and in the audience. Please contact us by email with any accessibility requests.
There are no formal meals included in the Annual meeting program. The AAA Welcome Reception will be held on Wednesday, November 16 and will feature light appetizers and a cash bar. Several AAA Sections, Affiliates, and Universities typically host receptions in the evening that may or may not be open to attendees. AAA's goal is to have a varied menu to appeal to the majority of attendee's dietary needs in the events that are hosted by the association.
A quiet room will be available at the convention center. Quiet rooms are intended to provide a quiet, calm space where convention attendees can spend time away from noise, lights, and other stimuli of conference spaces. The quiet rooms are not available for conversations or meetings.
CART – Captioning
Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART) will be available at all general sessions (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings).