Accessibility

ALA works to make sure your experience will be a pleasant and accessible one. Here are the features we have in place to ensure that the ALA 2017 Annual Confernece is accessible to all: 

We caption our main sessions, e.g., President’s Program, Membership Meeting, Council Meetings, and others as requested by organizers. 

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

Leader animals of all kinds are welcome throughout the ALA Conference. 

Our shuttle bus company has accessible buses. Instructions on how to obtain rides are available in each hotel, in the convention center on-site, and in the on-site newspaper, Cognotes. 

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters

Conference Services 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 the Conference Services Accessibility Hotline 312-280-3225 or email confaccess@ala.org before May 13, 2017. 

An interpreter is also on-call in the Conference Services Office in the McCormick Place Convention Center, Thursday through Monday for last minute requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mobility Assistance

Based upon availability in each city, ALA maintains a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters on a first-come, first-served basis for attendees that require mobility assistance.  ALA offers these scooters on a complimentary basis to be used during regular session hours.

Scooter pick up and drop off will be located in the McCormick Place Convention Center.  Please see the attendant for assistance. You will be asked to sign-out and return the scooters daily with the attendant.  

Please make note of the Scooter Hours:

    Friday, June  23    7:45 pm – 7:00 pm

    Saturday, June 24    7:45 am – 5:45 pm

    Sunday, June 25     7:45 am – 5:45 pm

    Monday, June 26     7:45 am – 5:45 pm

Any scooters brought back past the time noted above will be subject to a $25 fee.

If you require mobility assistance and would like to reserve a scooter prior to the show, please contact the Conference Services Accessibility Hotline 312-280-3225 or email confaccess@ala.org, no later than May 13, 2017. Reservation request cannot be taken after the May 13, 2017 deadline; however, additional scooters will be available for use during the conference.