Accessibility-Related Accommodation

Overview

AALS is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all of our attendees. Please contact the AALS at accommodations@aals.org no later than May 25, 2017 so that we may assist you with services that you need.

Chemical Sensitivity

All AALS events are smoke-free and, as often as possible, held in smoke-free venues. Smoking is not permitted in any meeting or session rooms, business or networking events, or AALS-sponsored social events. Please be aware that some venues (i.e. off-site) may allow smoking in public areas. Cigarettes may be used in designated smoking areas as determined by the venue. Specific requests can be made to hotels within our block and the meeting venues that chemicals not be used in guest rooms on carpeting or other surfaces.

Nursing Mothers

AALS will provide a room with electrical power, a refrigerator and a locking door for nursing mothers who attend AALS meetings. Please visit the AALS Registration Desk for access to the room.

Meeting Room Setup

AALS hotels and meeting venues will be asked to provide adequate aisle space and cut-outs for persons with wheelchairs and other mobility devices in all meeting rooms and locations. Please note standard head tables (when used) include a podium and microphones on the tables and podium. If you are presenting and require additional accommodations (such as a ramp, or lavaliere microphone), please contact AALS at accommodations@aals.org in advance. Every effort will be made to set meeting rooms/locations to accommodate all attendees, both speakers and audience members.

Mobility Constraints

Because the Workshops can have numerous concurrent sessions, there can be considerable distances between sessions. If you are a regular wheelchair user, we suggest you bring your chair with you to the meeting.

Registration of Personal Aide/Companion

Should you require an aide or personal assistant to help navigate the workshops, AALS will register your aide as a complimentary guest. Please contact accommodations@aals.org to register your personal aide (name, city, and state is required for the badge) which can be picked up at AALS Registration. Personal aides may attend sessions and AALS sponsored meals. If you need AALS to arrange for an aide to help you navigate the meeting, please email your request to accommodations@aals.org or call (202) 296-4755 to outline the specific type of assistance required. In order to best accommodate your request, we ask that you notify us of your request as much in advance of the meeting as possible.

Hearing Impairment

Sign Language Interpreters

Attendees may request a sign language interpreter for the Conference. Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org by May 25, 2017. Sign language interpreters are provided for AALS-sponsored events only.

CART

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) is a word-for-word speech-to-text interpreting service for people with a hearing loss or who would otherwise benefit from this accommodation. Attendees may request CART service for the Conference. CART will be provided for AALS-sponsored events only. Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org by May 25, 2017.

Accessible Housing

ADA-designated hotel rooms in the AALS conference hotel will be specifically set aside for individuals requesting them. Please notify hotel of your request as much in advance as possible as late notice may be difficult to accommodate based on occupancy level.