Cultivating Accessible Cultures in Associations

Cultivating Accessible Cultures in Associations

Live Broadcast Date:  Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | 3:00 pm GMT
Speaker(s): Nell (she/her/hers) Koneczny, Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator, American Anthropological Association
Target Audience: Association members and leadership, accessibility consultants, anyone trying to build accessibility into their organization's culture
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

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Associations are often industry pioneers who prescribe new standards within disciplines, whether in business, tech, medicine, academia, etc. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) hired its first Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator in summer 2019, establishing accessibility as worthy of a full-time professional staff role within the association world. This position was not only developed to maintain compliance, but incorporated the opportunity for a professional space to go beyond that by incorporating disability culture directly as a job responsibility. Cultivating cultural change within the association, and ideally the discipline, requires both concrete actions to support accessibility norms and intentional outreach to association members to facilitate collective responsibility for accessibility. This journey relies on knowledge informed collaboratively and communally by disability, Deaf, Autistic, spoonie, and accessibility cultures. This webinar will focus on centering disabled people and people with access needs, strengthening allyship, and moving beyond compliance-based understandings of accessibility, disability, and disability-adjacent categories.

Participants will learn:

  • How accessibility goes beyond compliance 
  • How to accept and grow from critiques by accessibility communities without pushback or defensiveness
  • How to identify actionable items for strong allies in leadership

Speaker Bios:

Nell (she/her/hers) Koneczny
identifies as a hearing, sighted, physically disabled, and neurodivergent, queer, white woman. She has been a disability rights and disability justice activist, especially within academic and student spaces, and has spearheaded and supported accessibility initiatives in various academic and activist spaces. She completed her Master of Science in Disability & Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelors of Art in Anthropology & European Studies at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is leading accessibility and accommodation initiatives at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) as the first Accessibility & Meetings Coordinator for the AAA.

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