To recognize the importance of supporting people with disabilities, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has published new resources and tips for inclusive and accessible meetings.
“Engineers have a long history of supporting those with disabilities, including creating assistive technology devices,” said ASME executive director and CEO Thomas Costabile. “Assistive technology devices are any devices or software that aids people with disabilities to work, study, and live. Famous examples include hearing aids, electronic speech synthesizers, and braille keyboards.”
ASME’s Tips for Inclusive and Accessible Meetings Toolkit is intended to help plan effective meetings that are welcoming and accessible to all. Developed by ASME’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy Committee, the toolkit includes general guidelines for inclusive meetings, considerations for inclusive global meetings, tips for ensuring accessibility at meetings, and accessibility resources.
“As engineers, we must commit to highlighting and supporting the work of people with disabilities, both by uplifting our colleagues and by assisting in innovation that improves others’ lives,” said Costabile. Access more information via ASME’s statement on Disability Employment Awareness Month.
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