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Accessibility Survey

The Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), in partnership with AIC member, Sally G. Kim, is conducting a survey on awareness of disability issues and accessibility of professional development opportunities in conservation.


A non-interactive PDF version of the survey is also available. If you would prefer to complete this survey in hardcopy or using a screen-readable PDF, please email for the PDF.


What am I being asked to do?

You are being asked to participate in a voluntary research study. Participating in this study will involve participation in an online survey and your participation will last approximately 15-30 minutes. Risks related to this research include no risk beyond those of filling out a web-based survey on a computer. Data collected from this research will only be used in aggregate and no individually identifying data will be stored.

Benefits related to the outcome of this research include:

  • AIC or other professional presentations or publication of our findings.
  • Improved accessibility features. FAIC has recently begun offering live closed captioning for its webinars and online workshops.
  • Greater access and inclusion to information in the field.
  • Application of "Universal Design for Learning." This also means that the web content could be readily viewed on any device of your choice, such as mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

Immediate benefits from the data collection will not be evident; however, the data collected will help us advocate for accessibility in the field of conservation.

What procedures are involved?

This research will be performed via an online survey form which will be openly available to voluntary participation until February 5th, 2021.

Will my study-related information be kept confidential?

Yes. Personal identifying information is not required by the survey and all data will be reported in aggregate. If personally identifying information is submitted voluntarily, we will use all reasonable efforts to keep your personal information confidential, but we cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. When this research is discussed or published, no one will know that you were in the study. But, when required by law or university policy, identifying information may be seen or copied by: a) The Institutional Review Board that approves research studies; b) The Office for Protection of Research Subjects and other university departments that oversee human subjects research; or c) University and state auditors responsible for oversight of research.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about this project, you may contact Jennifer Hain Teper at 217.244.5689 or If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at 217.333.2670 or via email at

Why are we doing this?

To our knowledge, there is no data on accessibility in the field of American conservation.  We are hoping to collect this information to establish a baseline for the field when it comes to:
  1. Awareness of disability needs
  2. Numbers of members with disabilities
  3. Understanding of if/how AIC is meeting the needs of our community.

What do we mean when we say disability/accessibility?

"A disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions)." From CDC Disability and Health Overview

 means that everyone has an ability to access (i.e., use, obtain, examine, engage, or retrieve) services, products, and events, with or without a disability. The emphasis is placed on proactive designs rather than reactive “fixes.” (Definition provided with thanks to Hilary Kaplan for her input.)

In filling out the survey, we do not require that you meet any legal thresholds- for instance, if you have experienced hearing loss that impacts your daily life, but are not deaf, Deaf, or hard-of-hearing.  Disabilities may be temporary (e.g. surgery rehabilitation or severe illness), permanent (e.g. autism spectrum disorder), intermittent (e.g. some types of multiple sclerosis or depression), progressive (e.g. muscular dystrophy or arthritis), or chronic (e.g. diabetes or Lupus).  They may also be visible and/or invisible to others.

How will the data be used?

The data will be used as a benchmark for where we are and tell us what we need to change to move towards where we want to be: an inclusive and equitable AIC.  We plan to publish the data and run analyses from it.  All data will be deidentified before it is published.  A report will also be available to members, and presented in a public forum, once we have performed the analyses.

Who should fill it out?

Anyone, with or without a disability, who has made use of AIC/FAIC resources, events, or workshops.  The more data we gather, the better we understand the issues/barriers to use of materials and what the needs of members are.  We can't make more general statements about the state of the field and meaningful changes beneficial to members without larger number of respondents.

Where can I find more information?

Email the Equity and Inclusion Committee at:

Email the primary investigators at:, or

Use the Equity and Inclusion Committee Anonymous Feedback Form

Come to the Equity & Inclusion Committee Open Meeting to hear more and ask questions! January 13th at from 4:00-5:30pm EST/3:00 CST/1:00 PST