As part of an organizational commitment to provide and promote accessibility, all online and in-person Academy offerings will follow guidelines recommended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Network Initiative. In addition, the Academy has provided resources and guides for practicing accessibility as audiologists, as well as education regarding disability advocacy in both work and personal life. Contact the Accessibility Task Force with any suggested additions or comments.

Accessibility as a Human Right

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act - civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability, acronym text concept with marker /

Building on the historic 1990 American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 2021 Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) for the Federal Workforce  emphasized the importance of providing accommodations and accessible opportunities for people with disabilities in all organizational spaces (including outward-facing, internal, and electronic).

To meet this need, and based on years of galvanizing work done by Academy members, the Accessibility Committee (now Task Force), was created in 2022. The task force’s goals are to standardize, maintain, and improve the accessibility of all Academy offerings (in-person, online, and internal).

Starting Points for Considering Accessibility

Basic tenets of how to think about accessibility when creating something, working, or socializing.

Think about the 7 Principles of Universal Design.


Audiology Practice

Audiology Practice

    • Caption call services, captioning apps, interpreter services, or CART
    • Alternative testing methods may include:
      1. SRT and WRS using pictures such as WIPI if patient has poor speech intelligibility, or doesn’t speak.
      2. Written testing directions—push button for beep, ignore static noise, repeat words, loudness scale, etc.
      3. Use captioning app when talking as needed.
      4. Induction loop, remote mic, pocket talker to improve audibility during discussions if needed.
    • Apps for the hard-of-hearing
    • Speech-to-text apps
    • Captioning apps
    • Students with Hearing Loss
    • Other resource options, credit to Tina Childress


Online Behavior
Social/Personal Interaction