We welcome everyone to our conference and are committed to making our programming and events accessible, and to making arrangements that allow all attendees to participate in the conversation. With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the ALTA conference, such as ASL interpreting, CART captioning, captioned videos, Braille, wheelchair access, or electronic text, etc., please contact Program Manager Kelsi Vanada (520-621-1757). There is also a space in the conference registration form where you can make organizers aware of your needs. During the conference, please go to the registration table for assistance.
Please be respectful of another person’s right to use accessibility resources.
Note: This page will be updated frequently with more detailed information about the conference venue and offsite venues as the conference approaches.
To reserve ADA-compliant hotel rooms that are specifically equipped for persons with permanent or temporary disabilities, please book through the link on our Hotel & Travel page, or contact the Tucson Marriott University Park directly at their reservation number, (844) 407-5441. If phoning, inform the reservation staff person that you are attending the ALTA 2020 Conference. If you need assistance with the hotel, please contact Kelsi Vanada.
ALTA is not a paper conference, and participants are asked not to read papers during their session. Referencing prepared bullet points or notes is allowed, and even encouraged, and accommodations will be made for those who need to read their presentation. However, papers are unavailable to be circulated before, during, or after sessions.
Speakers are asked to bring five copies of any handouts, papers, slides, or visual materials, even in draft form, for the use of members who wish to follow the written text. Speakers who use handouts should prepare some copies in a large-print format (14- to 16-point type size). Speakers should indicate whether they want their papers and handouts returned.
If your session or reading will be ASL interpreted, you must agree to provide copies of your notes or translations to the interpreter in advance, so that they may have adequate time to prepare.
Sign language interpreters can be arranged if requested in advance. The deadline to arrange for an interpreter is one month before the conference begins, though the convention office will make every effort to accommodate late requests. To arrange for these services, contact Kelsi Vanada by email or by phone at (520) 621-1757.
Virtual Panel Participation
Guided by ALTA’s long-standing policy that panel presentations not be read, the organization generally does not allow virtual panel participation. Our goal is to preserve the integrity of the ALTA conference as one that promotes dialogue and builds community–qualities that are difficult to obtain over a video link. However, the ALTA Conference Committee will consider special petitions for virtual presentations in cases of last-minute emergency (please contact Kelsi Vanada to make this request). We recognize that the cost of conference participation can be burdensome, especially for those with limited or no conference funding; please consider applying for a Travel Fellowship, attending for just one day at the special one-day registration rate, or participating in the Work Exchange Program in exchange for a waived registration fee.
ALTA designates a room at the conference for children and their caregivers, with comfy chairs and plenty of space to play. This room will be open from 8:00am to 5:30pm during each full day of conference sessions. A separate nursing room will be designated as well.