The Alliance is committed to making attendance at the Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo accessible for all. The access information below will be updated periodically.
To best meet your needs, we ask that you send your accessibility requests as early as possible. Questions regarding accessibility and accommodations in advance of the meeting should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While registering, you will be prompted to indicate any accessibility needs. We will follow up with you prior to the meeting to provide resources or obtain more information.
If you require an aide or personal assistant to help you navigate the Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo, we will register your aide as a complimentary guest. Email email@example.com to add an aide to your registration.
Sign Language Interpreters
To request a sign language interpreter, email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20, 2017 with your anticipated schedule (dates and times). We will do our best to accommodate requests that arrive after this date; however, we cannot guarantee that an interpreter will be available to accommodate the request without advance notice. All general sessions will have sign language interpreters assigned to the program.
All venues used during the 2017 Annual Meeting for official conference events are accessible. In addition, meeting rooms will be set with ease of mobility and reserved seating arrangements in mind.
ADA-designated hotel rooms will be set aside for individuals requesting them in the online housing form. Additional information about each of the hotels’ specific amenities and accommodations can be found in the ‘Information’ section of the housing website.
St. Louis offers various forms of accessible transportation. Travel Accessible St. Louis provides a summary of all accessible transportation options, including accessible public transit, taxi services and rental cars.
Accessible event transportation will be provided for official conference events with advance coordination. Specifics on accessible event transportation will be available in April.
All presenters and session organizers should review the webinar Towards a More Accessible and Inclusive Presentation. Slides and a summary of the presentation are also available.
Accessible Booth Spaces
In order to make your booth accessible to people with disabilities, simple alterations can be made to remove or modify physical barriers and provide accessible promotional materials.
- Set up displays to allow those using wheelchairs to easily enter the booth and view materials. This can be done by: lowering displays or counters and insuring there is ample entrance space.
- Provide order forms or promotional materials in alternate formats such as large print or thumb drives for persons who are visually impaired.
- Make sure carpet is smoothly laid out and that any cords are securely taped down so as not to hinder wheelchair users from accessing your booth. Please contact Nexxtshow, AAM’s general service contractor if you notice a potential hazard.
- Videos should be captioned for persons who are hearing impaired.
- Approach persons with disabilities with a positive, relaxed attitude in the same way you would approach any other prospective customer.
- If attendee is deaf and with an interpreter, always address the attendee directly, not the interpreter.
- Plan in advance how you will welcome people with disabilities into your booth.
- If altering your display is not an option, make up in service what you lack in “architecture.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that convention facility and services are accessible to those with disabilities. Exhibitors are responsible for ensuring that their booths and exhibits are in full compliance with the ADA. Be sure when planning your booth/exhibit that you take into consideration those with disabilities. If you have questions about compliance, please contact the ADA Information line at 800-514‐0301.