Decisions regarding the acceptability of exhibits will be made in the first instance by the APA Chief Staff Officer, in consultation with the Board of Convention Affairs (BCA) Chair. The APA, acting through its Chief Staff Officer, reserves the right and sole discretion to reject any proposed exhibit for any reason. Potential exhibitors are advised that the acceptability of products or services for display at the APA convention is based on legal, social, professional, and ethical considerations. Exhibits may not be inconsistent with the professional nature of the APA convention. Exhibit space is not intended for airing either side of a controversial social, political, or professional issue. Exhibit space is not intended for the purpose of campaigning for APA president or any other APA governance office. Exhibit space for insurance programs is limited to only those programs endorsed or sponsored by the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (APAIT). In addition, APA reserves the right to decline exhibit requests from companies exhibiting products and services that could be considered competing with the APA Member Benefits Program (examples include, but are not limited to: affinity credit cards, telephone long distance services, financial programs, car rentals, hotels, and magazine services). APA also reserves the right to decline exhibit requests to conduct non-APA surveys inside the exhibit hall, the headquarter or supplemental hotels, or any area where an APA event or function is being held during the APA annual convention. APA reserves the right to require exhibitors to edit, amend, or eliminate parts of exhibits that in the Association’s opinion are not in keeping with the Association’s objectives or are otherwise inconsistent with APA policies.
Potential exhibitors are advised that contests, lotteries, raffles, and games of chance may not be conducted without prior approval of the APA Exhibit Sales Department. For more information on conducting a contest, lottery, raffle, or game of chance, refer to the APA Exhibitor Prospectus under the heading “Promotional Opportunities.”
Exhibiting of educational programs in the APA Exhibit Hall is restricted to those schools or other institutions fully accredited by regional or other institutional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, for those areas of professional psychology where APA- or CPA- accreditation is currently provided (e.g., clinical, counseling, school, combined) APA will restrict exhibiting to only APA- and CPA-accredited programs. Those programs accredited by either the American Psychological Association or the Canadian Psychological Association must state that they are APA- or CPA-accredited in their exhibit materials and include contact information for the APA or CPA Accreditation Office.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The American Psychological Association endorses equal employment opportunity practices and accepts exhibit applications only from organizations that are not discriminatory on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, or physical disability. In addition, APA encourages exhibitors not to discriminate on the basis of marital status, the numbers and ages of dependent children, mental disability or sexual orientation.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
APA works to provide an accessible convention for all attendees with disabilities and believes that persons with disabilities should be given the opportunity to participate and interact to the fullest extent possible. As a prospective exhibitor, APA encourages you to make your booth accessible to persons with disabilities. This entails simple alterations to remove or modify physical barriers and to provide accessible promotional materials. Exhibitors should set up their displays to allow persons using wheelchairs to easily enter the booth and view materials. This can be done by lowering displays or counters and ensuring that there is ample entrance space in the display area. Exhibitors should provide order forms or promotional materials in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or computer disk for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Additionally, any videos shown should be captioned for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired. Approach persons with disabilities with a positive, relaxed attitude in the same way you would approach any other prospective customer. Plan in advance how you will welcome persons with disabilities into your booth. If altering your display is not an option, make up in service what you lack in “architecture.”