Tuesday, 09 June 2020

Statement from the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) on Black Lives Matter

Posted in ADA News

Systemic racism, discrimination, and bigotry have occurred in our country throughout our past and continue today. ADA commits to take actions against continued racism in our future. Evidence of this systemic racism is all around us today: unequal access to healthcare and the disproportionate COVID-19 toll on the Black and Hispanic communities; unequal access to education and the disproportionate COVID-19 unemployment burden on the Black and Hispanic communities, and most horribly, unequal treatment by our society and the consistent, even lethal, violence by police and civilians against the Black community, including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Philandro Castile, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and many others. ADA supports Black Lives Matter.

ADA’s code of ethics expressly rejects racism, discrimination, and bigotry. The problem is that our efforts to promote inclusion and encourage diversity have not been as effective as they should be. Our actions must reflect our words. Many ADA leaders and members have not walked in the shoes of Black Americans and cannot begin to understand what it is like to face discrimination. Racial diversity is lacking within ADA and throughout the audiology profession. So too, is access to care and equity for the Black and Brown Americans who suffer from hearing and balance disorders in America.

  • ADA must work harder to ensure equity and eradicate discrimination.
  • ADA must work harder to promote inclusiveness within our organization and within our profession.
  • Meaningful action begins with dialogue. ADA leaders pledge to listen, learn, and become better informed about the pervasiveness of systematic racism and the effects of racial disparities on ADA members, patients, and stakeholders.
  • ADA leaders pledge to intentionally promote diversity in ADA membership, governance, programming, and activities.
  • ADA leaders pledge to work with affected stakeholders to develop programming and resources to address implicit and unconscious bias.
  • ADA encourages members to hold ADA and each other accountable to eradicate discrimination and racism and increase diversity within ADA through personal actions and sustained, pervasive, and consistent activism.

Systemic racism is pervasive and destructive. ADA pledges to actively and assertively address it. We are listening with a desire to learn. We have much work to do to make things right or even better. We cannot do it alone. We are committed to aligning ADA’s actions with ADA’s stated commitment to equity, empathy, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Changing audiology’s professional paradigm requires a commitment from every member. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are willing to volunteer to help advance these initiatives.