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Disability and Accessibility

2020 International Health Humanities Consortium:
The Politics of Health
March 26-28, 2020 | Vanderbilt University


Disability and Accessibility

To request and inquire about accessibility accommodations, please contact the conference organizers at by March 10, 2020.   

If you have questions about accessibility before, during, or after the conference, please contact

Notes for presenters: We encourage presenters and session chairs to create an atmosphere of inclusion.

Conference Accessibility Policies for All Attendees:

  • Fragrance-free zone: Please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, scented hand lotions, or essential oils, as these can be harmful to chemically-injured and sensitive members of our community. These products can trigger serious health issues for those with fragrance allergies and/or chemical sensitivities. If washing clothes with scented laundry detergent, please allow several days for them to “off-gas” before bringing them to the conference.
  • Accessible presentation guidelines: Please provide 2 access copies (12-pt and 18-pt font) of your presentation. When presenting, please describe all images and speak slowly for comprehension.
  • Live Tweeting: To facilitate virtual conversations arising from the annual meeting, the HHC encourages attendees to live tweet using the hashtag #HHC20. Participants are encouraged to share their Twitter handles. Speakers who do not wish to be live-tweeted should make a request to the audience at the beginning of their presentations. Please remember to add image descriptions for any images posted on the hashtag.


Campus Accessibility Information:

To support accessibility at HHC events, the HHC Vanderbilt committee has developed the following information. The Mapping Access Project’s Inclusive Campus Map (Google map format) provides locations of entrances with automatic doors, entrances with ramps, sidewalk obstructions, all-gender bathrooms, lactation spaces, and prayer and meditation spaces.

  • Quiet Room: We will have a quiet room available for any registered conference attendee who needs a place to sit for a few minutes of quiet time. We ask that you please refrain from having conversations in the quiet room.
  • Lactation rooms: A list of lactation rooms can be found on the map above or at
  • Service Animals Welcome: We are committed to making the annual meeting accessible. Service animals are welcome at all events, sessions, and venues.
  • ADA Accessible Restrooms are located in the following sites:
    • Benton Chapel: Inside the Divinity School 1st floor Men’s and Women’s and Divinity School G40 All-Gender
    • Buttrick Hall: Basement level Men’s, Women’s and 029 All-Gender; 1st floor Men’s and Women’s; 2nd floor Men’s and Women’s; 3rd floor Men’s and Women’s
    • Calhoun Hall: 1st floor Men’s and Women’s; 2nd floor Men’s and Women’s; 3rd floor Men’s and Women’s; 4th floor Men’s and Women’s
    • Central Library 400LA Men’s and 400LB Women’s (located off the Community Room); 413H All-Gender
    • Divinity Library: 2nd floor Men’s and Women’s
    • Divinity School: 1st floor Men’s and Women’s; G40 All-Gender (attached to Benton Chapel)
    • Sarratt Student Center: 1st floor Men’s and Women’s; 2nd floor Men’s and Women’s (next to 216/220); 3rd floor 300L3 All-Gender and 300L4 All-Gender
  • All-Gender Restroomsare located in the following areas:
    • Benton Chapel 1 Atrium (not ADA accessible)
    • Buttrick Hall 029 (basement level; ADA accessible)
    • Calhoun Hall 000LA and 000LB (not ADA accessible)
    • Central Library 413H (ADA accessible)
    • Divinity School (near Benton Chapel) G40 (ADA accessible)
    • Sarratt Student Center 300L3 and 300L4 (ADA accessible)
    • A list of additional all gender restrooms can be found at
  • Physical Accessibility:All events will be held in on-campus buildings with wheelchair accessible entrances and elevators. Push buttons are available to open the doors nearest ramps. Please see this inclusive campus map to locate entrances with automatic doors and entrances with ramps.
  • Parking Accessibility:The Vanderbilt University policy is that someone with an access placard can park in any spot-on campus. However, please contact if you would like a reserved accessible parking spot.

Additional resources for presenters:

The following organizations have guidelines to creating accessible presentations. In addition to the above recommendations, we encourage you to consult these guides:

American Sociological Association

  • Keep in mind 4 basic concepts when preparing a conference presentation: Big(large fonts), Simple (brief text), Clear (sans-serif fonts/high-contrast visuals), and Consistent (logical sequence/transitions)
  • Identify yourself clearly at the beginning of your presentation
  • Repeat all questions and comments from the audience slowly and clearly

Modern Language Association

  • Allow ample time when referring to visual aids and handouts. Briefly describe all materials to the audience.
  • Face the audience in a well lit area of the room. Audience members may read lips and will need a clear view of your mouth and face.
  • Society of Medical Anthropology
  • Describe all images on your slides and/or handouts and their connection to your presentation.
  • If an ASL interpreter is present, allow the interpreter to finish interpreting before proceeding with a new topic, slide, or Q&A. Address all comments and questions to the audience member themselves, rather than their interpreter.

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Sponsored by the Center for Medicine, Health, and SocietyJean & Alexander Heard LibrariesRobert Penn Warren Center for the HumanitiesThe Curb CenterVanderbilt University College of Arts and ScienceCenter for Latin American StudiesDepartment of SociologyAmerican StudiesDean Bonnie J. Dow, Dean of Academic InitiativeVanderbilt School of Medicinethe Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesVanderbilt Divinity SchoolStanford Medicine: Medicine & the Muse Center for Biomedical EthicsHiram College: Center for Literature and MedicineThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillHHIVEColumbia University Medical Center: Program in Narrative MedicineCenter for Bioethics and Humanities: University of Colorado Center Anschutz Medical CampusDuke University Health Humanities LabNortheast Ohio Medical University, Program for Humanities in Medicine: Yale University School of MedicineMcGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), and University of Utah Health.