In a recent article published in Frontiers in Education, Huyck and colleagues (2021) describe opportunities for professional organizations to address the underrepresentation of individuals with disabilities in organizations and in hearing research.
The authors included individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) engineers, scientists, and clinicians who actively participate in clinical practice and auditory-focused research. Suggested actions by professional organizations include recruiting individuals with disabilities for leadership opportunities, reducing financial constraints (e.g., conference registration), ensuring equal access (e.g., accessibility committees for conferences), fostering peer-mentoring groups, and establishing equity and inclusion across all facets of diversity.
The authors conclude by encouraging the development of similar peer-mentorship network models to facilitate diversity and equity in other professions and fields. This article highlights important considerations for all professional organizations as we grow to become more equitable, diverse, and inclusive for all members.
Huyck J, Anbuhl KL, Buran BN, et al. (2021) Supporting equity and inclusion of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in professional organizations. Front Educ 6: Article755457.