Accessibility

AALS is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all our attendees. Please contact AALS at accommodations@aals.org no later than December 4, 2017 so we can assist you.

ADA-Accessible Housing

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

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 room, at business or networking events, or at 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. You may request that chemicals not be used on the carpeting or surfaces in your guest room.

Nursing Mothers

AALS will provide a room with electrical power, a refrigerator, and a locking door for nursing parents who attend AALS meetings. Please visit the AALS Information 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 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

Because the Annual Meeting has numerous programs, there can be considerable distances between meeting rooms. 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 Annual Meeting, 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. To best accommodate your request, we ask that you notify us as much in advance of the meeting as possible.

Hearing Support Services

  • Sign Language Interpreters

    Attendees may request a sign language interpreter for the AALS Annual Meeting. Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org by December 4, 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 Annual Meeting. CART will be provided for AALS-sponsored events only. Please email your request to accommodations@aals.org by December 4, 2017.