Accessibility Committee



The Accessibility Committee is dedicated to fostering full participation in APHA conference events for attendees with disabilities. Through collaboration with APHA, the Accessibility Committee works to remove barriers and promote understanding of the needs of people with disabilities. The Accessibility Committee seeks to ensure that the activities of the DisAbility Section are welcoming and supportive of attendees with disabilities and to promote disability awareness and sensitivity throughout the American Public Health Association.


The DisAbility Section Accessibility Committee has been actively promoting full participation in APHA annual meeting activities for people with disabilities since 2004. The Accessibility Committee began under the leadership of Dorothy (Dot) Nary to address disability-related barriers that were identified by conference attendees with disabilities.  


Committee Members




Catherine Leigh Graham MEBME

Rehabilitation Engineer

USC-School of Medicine

Interagency Office of Disability and Health

3209 Colonial Drive

Columbia, SC  29203

Phone:  803-434-3189

Fax:  803-434-8374



Anthony Cahill, PhD

Director, Division of Disability and Health Policy

Center for Development and Disability

UNM School of Medicine

2300 Menaul Boulevard NE

Albuquerque, NM  87107

Phone: 505-272-2990

Fax: 505-272-9594




Working with the DisAbility Section Council and APHA leaders, the Accessibility Committee has instituted several practices to foster its goal of full participation within the DisAbility Section and throughout APHA. These efforts are on-going and depend heavily upon feedback from individuals with disabilities who attend DisAbility Section scientific sessions and meetings throughout APHA. Feedback from meeting attendees is responsible for several new initiatives.


Stronger collaborative efforts with APHA to further progress toward full conference participation of meeting attendees with disabilities


Disability-specific presenter guidelines and accessible PowerPoint template to assist presenters in creating an accessible oral presentation


Disability-focused moderator guidelines to encourage disability accessible scientific sessions


Development of poster presenter guidelines to facilitate preparation of posters that are disability accessible


Implementation of an annual Accessibility Survey in collaboration with APHA to collect data on accessibility issues


Development of a Conference Center Inventory for cities in which APHA holds its annual meetings to assist in addressing disability issues early in the conference planning process


Contact Us


People interested in learning more about the work of the Accessibility Committee, APHA members wanting to join the Accessibility Committee, or individuals wishing to provide feedback on their experiences with disability-related accessibility issues arising during annual meetings are encouraged to contact


Catherine Leigh Graham at

Anthony Cahill at


We want to know about the accessibility practices and policies that are working well, those that would work better with targeted changes, and problems with accessibility that are not being addressed.


For more information on APHA’s efforts to make its meetings disability accessible, click here for the APHA Accessibility pages.