Accessibility - Annual Meeting

AALS is committed to making our meetings and events accessible to all of our attendees. Please email AALS Accessibility no later than December 9, 2022 for assistance. 

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 rooms, business or networking events, or AALS-sponsored social events. Within the AALS hotel blocks, you may make specific requests that chemicals not be used in guest rooms on carpeting or other surfaces. 

Nursing Parents 

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 us at AALS Accessibility in advance. Every effort will be made to set meeting rooms/locations to accommodate all attendees, both speakers and audience members. 

Mobility Issues 

Because the Annual Meeting has numerous programs in two hotels, 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. 

Look for signs with the AALS logo that will lead you to elevators, escalators, stairs, and session rooms. 

Registration of Personal Aide/Companion 

AALS registers aides or personal assistants as a complimentary guest. Please contact us at AALS Accessibility 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. If you need AALS to arrange for an aide to help you navigate the meeting, please email your request to AALS Accessibility and outline the specific type of assistance required. In order 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 AALS-sponsored events at the Annual Meeting. Please email us at AALS Accessibility by December 9, 2022.

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 AALS-sponsored events at the Annual Meeting. Please us at AALS Accessibility as early as possible and no later than December 9, 2022

Personal Hearing Enhancement Systems Available 

AALS offers independent mobile hearing enhancement systems for attendees. These portable devices can be used with a provided headset or induction loop, or your own earbuds. Reserved a device in advance by emailing AALS Accessibility. Reserved devices can be checked out for the duration of the meeting. Pick them up at the AALS Information Desk and returned them no later than 6 pm on Saturday, January 7