Last updated 6.8.2021

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, or captioned videos, 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 access needs. 

We encourage all conference attendees to continue to check this page as our conference planning continues. It will be updated frequently throughout the upcoming months, as we know more about our virtual platform and in-person programming.

Please be respectful of another person’s right to use accessibility resources.

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For more information about the physical features of the Marriott's accessible rooms, common areas, or special services relating to a specific disability, please visit the Marriott's website, call 1-520-792-4100, or contact Program Manager Kelsi Vanada.

Download the Marriott's floor plan here.

Accessible Areas with Accessible Routes from Public Entrance: Business Center; Meeting spaces and ballrooms; Public entrance alternative; Registration Desk Pathway; Registration desk; Restaurant(s)/Lounge(s)

Accessible Hotel Features: Two accessible restrooms near conference meeting rooms; Accessible Self-parking; Self-parking facility, van-accessible spaces; Self-parking, accessible spaces; Service animals are welcome; Valet parking for vehicles outfitted for drivers in wheelchairs; Elevators

Guest Room Accessibility: Accessible guest rooms with 32” wide doorways; Accessible route from public entrance to accessible guest rooms; Alarm clock telephone ringers; Bathroom grab bars; Bathtub grab bars; Bathtub seat; Deadbolt locks, lowered; Doors with lever handles; Hearing accessible rooms and/or kits; Roll-in shower; Shower wand, adjustable; TTY/TTD available; TV with close-captioning; Toilet seat at wheelchair height; Vanities, accessible; Viewports, lowered


All virtual conference sessions (that is, seminars and roundtables) will be captioned using Zoom's automatic transcription feature. Events open to the general public (our Mentorship Program Reading, Travel Fellows Reading, and Awards Ceremony) will be CART-captioned.

CART captioning for any virtual conference event (seminars, roundtables, workshops, pitch sessions, readings) is available upon request through the University of Arizona's Disability Resource Center. At the in-person conference, CART captioners are also available upon request. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance. To request captions, contact Kelsi Vanada by email or by phone at (520) 621-1757. When registering for the conference, you will also have the option to let us know your request for captioning through our registration form.

ASL Interpretation 

Sign language interpreters are available upon request through the University of Arizona's Disability Resource Center, for both the virtual and in-person portions of this fall's conference. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance. To request an interpreter, contact Kelsi Vanada by email or by phone at (520) 621-1757. When registering for the conference, you will also have the option to let us know your request for ASL interpretation through our registration form.

For presenters

All presenters and readers are asked to help make our conference accessible by following these guidelines for giving accessible presentations.

If your conference 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.


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.

Getting around tucson

Tucson's Sun Link Streetcar is fully ADA accessible and features low-floor boarding and specially designated wheelchair areas. If you have a disability that prevents you from stepping up to board the streetcar, look for the yellow pavement markings at each stop. Those marks indicate the location of the ADA entrance for the streetcar. When the streetcar stops, push the blue ADA accessibility button by the door. It triggers a ramp and doors will open automatically. When you want to exit at a stop, you have two options to trigger the ramp: Press the round blue ADA accessibility button, or press the blue accessibility bar. More information about Tucson's fully accessible Sun Link Streetcar is available on our Hotel & Travel webpage.

Note: Transit fares in the Tucson area (Sun Tran, Sun Link, Sun Van, Sun on Demand and Sun Shuttle services) will remain free for the rest of 2021 to provide riders with some fiscal relief because of the pandemic. Read more here.

Mobility devices in Tucson

The University of Arizona Disability Resource Center recommends the company Metro Med for renting mobility devices in Tucson. Call (520) 323-9500 for rentals.

The Scoundrel & Scamp theatre in Tucson

The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre has seating designated for patrons utilizing wheelchairs. Please call ahead at (520) 448-3300 to ensure reservation. Accessible parking and ramp access is available from our parking lot (accessed from 5th Avenue). A drop-off area is available at the front door of The Historic Y on 5th Avenue. The S&S Theatre does not provide sound amplification due to the intimate size and excellent acoustics of our space. If concerned that hearing may be difficult, we are happy to seat patrons in the front row. Please call ahead at (520) 448-3300 to ensure reservation. Address: 738 N 5th Ave #131, Tucson, AZ 85745