What can professional organizations do to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in their field?

Date Updated
04/29/19

There are several things that professional organizations can do to increase the participation of people with disabilities in their field. Suggestions include:

  • Ensuring that organizational diversity statements address disability.
  • Making sure that the organization’s website is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For more information about web accessibility, see 30 Web Accessibility Tips.
  • Appointing an accessibility chair for workshops and conferences to ensure they are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Including images of people with disabilities in publications and on the organization’s website.

For more information, see Equal Access: Universal Design of Professional Organizations, Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering by Welcoming Participants with Disabilities and SIGCHI: A Promising Practice in Increasing Accessibility in Professional Organizations and Conferences.