SOT Formalizes Commitment to Accessibility for All Members

By Cynthia Rider posted 27 days ago

Lower counters are part of the design of locations
like On-Site Registration and Badge Pickup to
accommodate individuals in wheelchairs, scooters, etc.
During the SOT Council meeting last week, we unanimously agreed to add “Accessibility” to the Society’s existing “Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” making it a “Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA).” Thank you to SOT member Annie Jarabek for bringing this issue to our attention.
While the word “accessibility” was missing from our previous statement, an effort to make that sure all SOT activities and resources are accessible to all members was not previously missing. Existing SOT initiatives to support accessibility include:
  • Making as many elements of the SOT websites 508 compliant as possible
  • Providing headsets in all SOT Annual Meeting Scientific Session and Continuing Education course rooms for attendee use
  • Sponsoring a childcare program to assist families attending the meeting
  • Introducing a Quiet Room during the 2024 Annual Meeting and ToxExpo
  • Identifying locations for nursing mothers to use during the meeting, as well as family-style restrooms that also can be used for individuals seeking privacy while using the facilities
  • Providing information on mobility rentals and language services for meeting attendees
We look forward to continuing to explore ways to ensure that SOT is upholding its DEIA commitment to welcome and support all SOT members.