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AFS Develops Guidelines for Making Your Presentations More Accessible

Thursday, October 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The American Folklore Society strives to make the annual meeting accessible to all.  This year in Buffalo—where the conference theme is “No Illusions, No Exclusions”—AFS resolved to develop an updated, proactive approach to conference sessions. We all benefit from robust, inclusive communication. The best way to make sure everyone can participate fully in the exchange of ideas at our meetings is for each of us to consider actions we can take to make presentations, discussions and performances more accessible.  

The AFS Executive Board and the AFS Accessibility Committee ask you to familiarize yourselves with the Society’s new Guidelines for Accessible Presentations and to implement them at the meeting this year. 

In developing these guidelines, we had expert assistance from the Accessibility Committee and Dr. Kristen Harmon of Gallaudet University.  At the meeting, Accessibility Committee members will staff a table in the lobby to share the new guidelines and ask for your feedback.  Please see times as posted in the online program, in the conference app, and at the table.  

Access is always a work in progress. Ways to accommodate differences in learning styles, language use, and ability are constantly evolving with new technology, innovation, and shared knowledge. The Accessibility Committee welcomes your feedback (to sawin@unc.edu).

AFS Accessibility Committee: Patricia Sawin, Jean Lindquist Bergey, Andrea Kitta, Phyllis May-Machunda, Jodi McDavid, Anand Sw. Prahlad



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