To create an accessible and inclusive space for all meeting attendees, all presenters at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting are expected to follow accessibility guidelines. The “In-Person Presentation Accessibility Guidelines” were developed in conversation with the Society of Medical Anthropology’s (SMA’s) Disability Research Interest Group (DRIG). AAA is grateful to DRIG for the initial creation and dissemination of these guidelines, as well as for their ongoing feedback and review when any updates take place.
Individual capacities for vision, hearing, and sustained interaction in large crowds vary between people, and change for each of us from hour to hour and over the course of our lives. Accessible spaces support that Disabled, Deaf, Autistic, Neurodivergent, Chronically Ill, Mentally Ill, Aging, and other disability-adjacent community members can attend the Annual Meeting without requiring an individual to disclose their status, condition, or identity. Additionally, creating accessible presentations can help presenters improve the clarity, descriptions, and arguments of our work. Ultimately, maximizing the accessibility of our presentations further develops and exposes our professional work. It helps our work reach a wider academic audience, which furthers the core goals of scholarly exchange.
These guidelines provide presenters…
- terms related to accessibility and links to their definitions,
- instructions for how to create accessible presentations,
- why accessible presentations are important, and
- additional resources for readers interested in learning more about accessible practices.
II. Common Terms Used
These presentation guidelines use many terms related to accessibility, accommodations, and the associated communities, which are listed below.