If you need ASL interpretation or have other access needs, please register for the conference by March 17th and indicate your access needs in the registration form.

Please help us to diminish access barriers at the conference and continue to work and build with us so that the conference is more accessible to more people each year.

One disability-inclusive cultural practice is to be accepting of the many ways people communicate, think, and move, and the differing ways we all experience emotion, health, and sensory input. Please make an effort to hold that perspective with you during the conference weekend.

If you don’t use mobility devices/don't need extra time and space for mobility, maintain space for folks to move through.

Because flashing lights can trigger seizures or other symptoms, we ask that you avoid wearing or carrying decorative flashing lights and check with people around you before taking flash photography.

Please be scent/fragrance-free to the extent that you are able to, so that beloved community members with chemical sensitivities can attend the conference. We know that scented products, including essential oils, perfumes, and hair products, can be an important part of one's identity, and we will not be policing anyone's use of them. However, we ask all participants who will be in shared conference spaces over the weekend to recognize how using certain products can create access barriers for others wishing to use the same spaces.

As of September 2016, smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas on campus. If you smoke, please wash your hands afterward to reduce residue.

Navigating the campus:

A copy of the Hampshire College campus map will be provided in your conference program booklet.

Conference spaces are wheelchair accessible throughout. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms throughout Hampshire College campus, as well as elevators. Some doors are non-automatic; you can pick up a remote to open them at the registration table.

If you need assistance navigating conference spaces, please ask at the registration table. It takes 5-10 minutes to move between buildings in a wheelchair.

Most bathrooms at Hampshire College are designated All Gender, with notes on whether or not they have urinals.

We have designated scent-safer seating in conference spaces, and will maintain clear pathways for folks who use wheelchairs and other access devices in our conference spaces.

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), our local public transportation system, has several area buses that are free to the public. Conference organizers wearing staff T-shirts are happy to help you read maps and schedules.

How are you feeling today?

This year, you are welcome to wear a sticker on your nametag that indicates your preferences for socializing with other conference participants. You are welcome to take a few of each sticker with you, and change them whenever you wish. They will also be available at the registration desk throughout the day.

Each color means the following:

Green: I am open and welcome to socializing with other attendants!

Yellow: I would prefer to interact with as few people as possible. If I don’t already know you, this is not a good time to approach me.

Red: I would prefer to not engage in conversation with anyone at this time.

Other accessibility questions:

Large print programs will be available upon request at the registration table.

We provide free childcare. Please register for the conference by March 17th if you need childcare.

Meals provided begin with dinner on Friday night and end with breakfast on Sunday. Vegetarian and vegan options are available for everyone. Gluten-free options are available by request from Bon Appetit food service staff. During meals, please refer to the food service staff for specific questions about meals or ask any of the conference organizers to assist you. There is quiet seating available during mealtimes.

If you have feedback, questions, or suggestions, or want to volunteer or help organize around access, please email and/or let us know in your evaluation forms.