In response to the SIOP Annual Conference going virtual, the committee created guidelines for members to maximize accessibility for virtual presentations. The document lists tips, such as using high contrast between font colors and backgrounds, larger font sizes, closed captioning, and adding text to describe charts and graphics.
In addition to D’Mello, the steering committee includes Silvia Bonaccio (University of Ottawa), Cheryl Davis (C/J Consulting Inc.), Sandra Fisher (Münster University of Applied Sciences), and Brent Lyons (York University).
“Given its mandate, the committee is composed of scientists and practitioners, U.S. and international members, people with a lived experience of a disability and allies, and people at different career stages,” according to SIOP.
Some of DIAC’s first year goals include planning an event or sessions for the 2021 SIOP Conference, encouraging research through the establishment of a SIOP Disability Research award, and creating a social media presence to encourage collaboration and to publicize work in this area.
“The ADA was a great start,” said D’Mello, “but we still have a long way to go in breaking down barriers to employment and upward mobility for people with disabilities. I-O psychologists are uniquely positioned to be part of the solution.”