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We welcome everyone to our conference and are committed to making all our programs and events fully accessible. We look forward to providing seamless access and a positive conference experience!

  • All venues for hotel conference sessions and evening events are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Most optional off-site tours are wheelchair-accessible and are indicated in the descriptions on the Tours + Events page. Tours requiring transportation may utilize wheelchair-accessible vans.
  • Keynote presentations will be ASL interpreted.
  • The full conference program book will be provided as a PDF for e-readers.
  • Personal assistant volunteers are ready to assist.

We will gladly make additional accommodations, and request advance notice of accessibility needs by September 1, 2016. Please email or call 401.351.4320.


As we consider this a process of improving inclusion in all our events, below is a selection of resources that we hope will help you augment your own efforts. Additionally, we recommend talking to people who are in the know about accessibility and disability culture for feedback and insight. Special thanks to 3Arts for their work to support artists with disabilities and for sharing accessibility resources on their website which we have adapted to reflect national efforts.

Access Living: National nonprofit headquartered in Chicago that provides practical, direct support, and services to thousands of Chicagoans with disabilities each year, while also serving a broader national constituency through aggressive advocacy and public policy efforts.

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) Resources: A comprehensive resources page that offers a variety of access-related, downloadable documents and links.

Effective Interaction: Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Labor on communicating with and about people with disabilities.

Regional ADA Centers: Each local center provides customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information with the goal of helping to achieve voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Guide to Accessible Events and Meetings: An interactive online guide to accessible meetings, workshops, conferences and other events.

National Endowment for the Arts: Publications, checklists, and resources.

The Kennedy Center: Their Accessibility Office focuses its efforts on accessibility services for patrons and visitors with disabilities; professional development for cultural administrators; and career opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities.

WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind): Credited as the most understandable source for online accessibility, WebAIM empowers organizations to make their web content accessible to people with disabilities. They provide accessibility training, accessible site certification, technical assistance, and other resources. (We are in the process of making our own website accessible).

  • WAVE: An evaluation tool that will check any website for accessibility issue, identify them, and provide instructions on how to correct them.
Thank you to 3Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Accessibility for ongoing guidance in the Alliance of Artists Communities' efforts to improve our accessibility.