Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Sign Language Interpreters

Attendees can request a sign language interpreter for the Annual Meeting by submitting a request form (PDF) to Preliminary forms are due Sept. 4, 2020.

On-site requests for interpreters can be made at the Accessibility Booth in the lobby area; however, APHA cannot guarantee a sign language interpreter will be available to accommodate a request without advance notice. The Opening, Monday, and Closing General Sessions will have open captions.

Amplification Devices

A limited number of amplification devices will be available. These compact devices amplify the sound in the room and can be carried from one room to another. For best results you may want to sit near the front of the room to better hear the presentations. To reserve an amplification device ahead of time, contact Onsite, arrangements can be made by visiting the APHA Conventions Office. 

Assistive Listening Devices

A ;limited number of assistive listening devices will be available. There is no charge for the use of these devices. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This technology generally involves the installation of "transmitters" in the room of the session you wish to attend. Sound is transmitted to headphones provided to the attendees.

It is requested that you submit your Assistive Listening Device Request Form in advance of the Annual Meeting. Please email the form to

Arrangements can be made on-site, but  48 hour advance notice is required in order to provide technicians with sufficient time to install the devices. On-site requests can be made through the Accessibility Booth in the lobby area.