Accessibility

ACRL works to make sure everyone’s experience will be a pleasant and accessible one. Below are the features in place to ensure that ACRL 2017¬† is inclusive and welcoming to all. In order to give us time to make appropriate arrangements, please make all accessibility requests to Tory Ondrla, ACRL Conference Supervisor before January 27, 2017.

Housing
We have accessible sleeping rooms in our hotel block including rooms for the deaf, blind, and attendees in wheelchairs. Please fill out the registration and housing form and check the appropriate box. A representative will contact you to make sure you are placed in an appropriate room.

Transportation
We are happy to make accessible transportation arrangements from hotel to Baltimore Convention Center and All-Conference reception upon request.

Food
At the Opening Exhibits reception Wednesday night you’ll find appetizers and a cash bar. On Thursday through Saturday afternoon we offer morning coffee and tea before sessions and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks in the exhibit hall. Common items offered are bagels/muffins/pastry/yogurt/cookies/chips and whole fruit/crudites. The All-conference reception is a bevy of delectable desserts with some fruit and cheese and crackers as well as bar service. When items are not obvious, we will label the contents and indicate Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free. No meals are offered at the conference. Hotels will often accommodate upon request if you would like to ask for a mini fridge in your room to accommodate your diet or medications.

Mobility Assistance
ACRL offers complimentary scooters upon request and onsite on a first-come, first-served basis for attendees that require mobility assistance during regular session hours. Scooter pick up and drop off will be located in the Baltimore Convention Center in the ACRL Office. Special scooter parking spots are available in session rooms.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters
The ACRL 2017 team coordinates interpreting services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. To use the service, Interpreter requests should be made prior to conference attendance by contacting  Tory Ondrla, ACRL Conference Supervisor before January 27, 2017.

Hearing Assistance
ACRL has two personal audio amplification devices (worn like standard headphones) available by request in advance or in the ACRL Office onsite.

Multiple Presentation Formats with Free Extended Access in the Virtual Conference
All ACRL registrants have access to a variety of presentation types to suit your comfort level and learning style. From hands-on workshops or roundtables of 10, to drop-by posters or seated keynotes of 3,000 attendees; from 5 minutes to 3 hours in length, there is a great deal of variety! The Virtual Conference is also free for all ACRL registrants for one year after the conference. The Virtual Conference offers screencasts (PPT synched with audio) for almost every Contributed Paper, Panel, Invited Paper, TechConnect and Lightning Session at the conference (over 200 in total). Because of length or presentation or format, preconferences, worskhops, roundtables and posters are not included in the virtual conference.

Leader Animals
Leader animals of all kinds are welcome throughout the ACRL Conference. Let us know you are bringing a service animal and we are happy to provide a water dish at break times.

Restrooms
ACRL offers accessible restrooms and every-gender restrooms, please look for the appropriate signs.

Quiet
There is a designated quiet lounge at the conference if you’d like a space to get away from the hustle and bustle of the day.

Momma Lounge
Every Momma is a working Momma! We support you. Enjoy our Momma Lounge where you can plug in, relax, recharge, and/or refrigerate your precious goods.

More we can do?
Please let us know, we are happy to hear from you! Please contact Tory Ondrla, ACRL Conference Supervisor with your request.