An accessibility statement from Dr Caitlin Kight, our Accessibility Coordinator.
The organising committee of the Research Ethics Conference are proponents of the social model of disability, which posits that it is society, rather than any particular traits an individual might have, that makes people ‘disabled’.
This means that, e.g., physical, neurological, or medical traits – labelled in the model as ‘impairments’ – are simply characteristics that often require people to adjust their approach to life so as not to be excluded, restricted, or marginalised. Only when society treats these traits as abnormal or problematic, and fails to accommodate them as a matter of course, are the possessors of those characteristics disabled.
As part of our broader approach to equality, diversity, and inclusivity, we are committed to removing any barriers that might prevent someone with an impairment from fully participating in and benefitting from the Research Ethics Conference. To this end, we:
Have ensured that the committee includes members with a range of impairments
Are taking a range of inclusivity training to inform our decisions
Are employing universal design techniques ourselves, and are promoting them to conference contributors
Frequently consult this guide to inclusive conferences and events [Click here to see the guide we will be following], co-authored by one of our committee members
Invite contributors to inform us of any impairments with which they need assistance in order to access and engage with the event
Are available to provide bespoke advice and support, via Cup of Ethics events prior to the conference, and via email at REC2021@exeter.ac.uk
We want to ensure that the Research Ethics Conference is equally accessible all. If you feel that we are not meeting this goal, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would welcome the opportunity to answer your questions about accommodations, suggestions for additional support, or any other queries/comments.
Dr Caitlin Kight