Accessibility for Attendees
This packet contains information about accessibility, accommodation requests, and potential remaining barriers. The information is targeted towards general conference attendees. In addition, there is a separate document specifically addressing accessibility and accommodations during the job fair/reverse job fair. If you are a presenter/panelist or employer at the job fairs, please see the Accessibility Guidelines packets for presenters and employers.
We ask that everyone, neurotypical or neurodiverse/neurodivergent, read the “Allies” section. The reasons for this are that not every neurodiverse/neurodivergent individual will have the same needs, and that there may be attendees who are neurotypical but have disability- or medical-related accessibility needs nonetheless. We don’t expect people to automatically know how to create an accessible environment for everyone.
Allies: How Everyone Contributes to an Accessible Summit
We've noticed that many conferences on the topic of neurodiversity are actually not set up to be neurodiversity-friendly. In planning our conference, we are applying Universal Design concepts to maximize accessibility and inclusion. We want neurodiverse / neurodivergent individuals to come, be comfortable, and be able to participate. While we are doing lots of planning on the backend to design a conference that is as accessible as possible, attendees also play an active role in creating an accessible and inclusive environment. We can’t do it without YOUR help.
In a multi-day conference like this one, there will inevitably be competing needs. Here is how you can help us create an awesome and accessible conference:
Sensory and Self-Regulation:
Breaks: It is our hope that you can attend the multi-day conference and as many sessions as possible. However, a multi-day conference like this one can be exhausting, even for neurotypical people. We have built in short breaks throughout the conference, but the built-in breaks may not be enough for some people since we have a very full schedule. We expect most attendees will skip some sessions. Doing so will prevent fatigue or burnout. If at any time during a presentation or panel you need to take a break, feel free to do so at your pace.
Sessions will be recorded and made available to participants after the conclusion of the conference. While every effort will be made to ensure high quality recordings, there is always a risk of technical difficulties. If one session is important to you, we recommend attending it live, if possible.
Presentations: We have asked all of our presenters to use accessible formats for slides. Specifically, these recommendations include sans serif font, good contrast between text and background, and not using color as the only way meaning is conveyed.