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Accessibility & Accommodations in AAA

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Welcome to the AAA Accessibility & Accommodations landing page! The American Anthropological Association is committed to ensuring it is accessible and goes beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

In our dedication to moving beyond the ADA, we have developed this accessibility & accommodations web section. This section has been developed by the new Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator in collaboration with various accessibility community members. These pages outline the supports available from AAA and the expectations of event attendees that will help us cultivate an accessible culture within the Association. We strive to nourish an environment where Disabled, Deaf, Blind, Autistic, Neurodivergent, Mentally Ill, Chronically Ill, and other disability-adjacent community members can comfortably and meaningfully attend AAA events.

As we cultivate a more accessible anthropology discipline, join us on Twitter using #AccessibleAnthro for critical conversations and to find important resources and news articles about accessibility.

AAA hosts #AccessibleAnthChat to focus on specific and important topics surrounding accessibility and disability. Our last Twitter Chat was held in March on fieldwork accessibility. 

Learn More about Accessibility
Raising Our Voices 2020

One important part of the Raising Our Voices Series is providing accessible content so that as many participants as possible can meaningfully engage in these conversations. All submissions should include accessible practices. Accessible practices for virtual events primarily support auditory and visual access needs. Submitters should be prepared to provide:

  1. Image descriptions and alt text
  2. Screen-reader friendly supplemental materials
  3. List of terms or closed captioning and transcripts

Information will be provided as soon as possible regarding accessible practices presentations should follow for different Raising Our Voices Formats. Along with these recommendations, we will provide helpful hints and tips. Please note that expectations may be similar in some ways and different in others for live presenters and for live-on-demand submitters. 

How to be Accessible

Accessibility includes multiple moving parts, which means creating accessible spaces requires the joint effort of everyone sharing the space. Therefore, AAA greatly appreciates all of our members joining alongside us as we cultivate a cultural change in our association to ensure that all our members may participate in all aspects of AAA. 

The practices and guidelines below help all of us foster accessible spaces.

2019 Annual Meeting Accessibility Information
How to Request Accommodations

While we aim for fully accessible spaces for all attendees, we recognize that we cannot be fully aware of everyone’s individual access needs. We also understand that because of different access needs and experiences, as an association, we may encounter access and accommodation contradictions, where people’s needs interfere with each other. Therefore, we aim to provide accommodations while also balancing the individual access needs of all parties involved.

To ensure that we provide the best support possible to you, your needs, and your experiences, we invite you to directly communicate with us about your access needs and accommodation requests based on these needs. Request accommodations for the annual meeting by visiting the link below!

Accommodations Protocol at the Annual Meeting
Accessibility & Accommodations Definitions

What are "access needs"?

  • an individual’s environmental, behavioral, physical, attitudinal, and other needs as related to accessibility and accommodations

What is "accessibility"?

  • the commitment to the environment being initially designed in such a way that the greatest amount of people can participate without additionally changing the space to meet individual needs

What are "accommodations"?

  • individualized changes made to the environment after the initial design of a space to ensure full participation based on a person’s needs

To learn more about Common Terms related to Accessibility & Accommodations, please review our Common Accessibility Terms page.

Common Accessibility Terms
The Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator Position

As of 2019, the Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator is a new role for AAA and for academic associations in general, which will help center accessibility as an issue to be considered in all initiatives from the ground up and not as an afterthought. The AAA Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator aims to promote disability and accessibility culture in the Association at large and does so by working with AAA members and staff, especially individuals who are also members of the Disabled, Deaf, Blind, Autistic, Neurodivergent, Spoonie, and other communities that require accessible spaces. Through these efforts, the Coordinator is responsible for the development and direction of the Association’s accessibility and accommodation initiatives, whether in AAA’s meetings, conferences, or communications. Alongside accessibility initiatives, the Coordinator provides logistical support for the AAA Meetings team.

Current Coordinator

Nell, a white woman with short black hair, wears thick, black-rimmed glasses and smiles at the camera. She also wears a collared, button-up shirt that is white with a dark quatrefoil pattern; a black and gold diagonal stripe bow tie; and a glass pendant necklace. She is outside on a sunny day and leans back on the concrete structure behind her.Nell identifies as a hearing, sighted, physically disabled, and neurodivergent, queer, white woman. She has been a disability rights and disability justice activist, especially within academic and student spaces, and has spearheaded and supported accessibility initiatives in various academic and activist spaces. She completed her Master of Science in Disability & Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelors of Art in Anthropology & European Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is excited for the accessibility and accommodation initiatives she is leading at AAA.

Email the Current Coordinator Nell