As organizers of the AIA/SCS 2023 Joint Annual Meeting we acknowledge our ethical responsibility to provide reasonable accommodation, and to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusivity for our members and attendees with disabilities at the Annual Meeting. This responsibility extends to both remote and in-person attendees.
Our virtual event platform OpenWater includes many accessibility features such as keyboard-only navigation, compatibility with screen readers, and integration with automated captioning. The cost of providing live closed captioning by trained captioning professionals for all sessions is prohibitive for AIA and SCS. Considering this, we feel the next best step is to ask those requesting live closed captioning, or other services such as ASL translation, to be specific in listing the sessions they would need this service for so that we can make the necessary arrangements. We kindly ask that you indicate this when completing registration, and to do so no later than Wednesday, December 14, 2022.
In person attendees should also indicate when completing registration any requests for necessary accommodations at the Annual Meeting hotel by Wednesday, December 14, 2022.
Please be sure to indicate in your request whether you will be attending virtually or in-person.
Both the AIA and SCS post preliminary programs on their respective websites:
Further, we ask all members to help us achieve our goal by exhibiting respect and understanding towards disabled persons. We urge members to educate themselves about key issues/laws regarding disability, as well as to inform themselves about the diverse types of disabilities which exist. As a reminder, kindly note that not all forms of disability are apparent. Disability in its complexity can be unnoticeable or take the form of health conditions which are episodic or in remission, but when active would substantially limit major life activities.
AIA and SCS will distribute guidelines for session organizers and speakers on making their presentations accessible to both in-person and virtual attendees.