The AAA and CASCA are dedicated to making the 2023 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting as accessible as possible. Accessibility benefits everyone- it expands your audience, ensures that as many participants as possible can meaningfully engage with all program content, and gets the message of your work out to many more valuable connections. These accessible practices will address auditory and visual access needs, as well as allow English as second language participants and many other diverse colleagues to engage fully with your materials. One in five people need accessibility accommodations of some kind, and by creating a culture of collective access, we can expand the reach of our work and our audience to as many people as possible and allow for more rich and diverse participation and more seamless inclusion.
Whether attending in Toronto or online, all attendees are asked to join us in supporting and implementing collective access. Just a few edits to your presentation materials, or simply introducing yourself before you ask a question while attending a session, can make a huge difference in the quality of the program to other people and can widen your reach considerably.
To make your presentation accessible, we ask that you include:
1. List of terms
3. Visual Descriptions and alt text
4. Accessible slides, poster and/or PDF (depending on session type)
5. Slower pace of speaking
6. Introductions of speakers
7. Screen-reader-friendly supplemental materials
8. Closed captioning and/or transcripts
Please visit our Collective Access Page for detailed instructions and templates to make materials preparation simple and efficient!
If you want to learn more about making an accessible presentation, our access directory is a great resource with various guidelines, tools, and tips that you can use when preparing your presentation.
The AAA/CASCA staff are happy to talk with you about accessibility more broadly, or specifically your access needs or accommodation request.
Please send any questions or concerns about accessibility to the AAA/CASCA staff through our Contact Form!