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Accessibility Request
Registrants may request accessibility services (sign language interpretation, sighted guides, etc.) to facilitate their full participation in the annual meeting. The National Women's Studies Association will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to presenters and attendees with disabilities, but please note that some services may be available for only some portions of the conference. 
The cut-off for requests is September 6, 2019.  If you need to request an accommodation after that date, please email NWSA staff will contact you to discuss needs and possible arrangements. NWSA is committed to making the Annual Conference accessible to all. If a need arises on-site at the annual conference, we encourage you to stop by registration for assistance. 

Assisted Listening Devices
Assisted listening devices are portable headsets provided by NWSA's AV company that connect to the sound board to provide clear and amplified sound directly through the device. If you are intersted in reserving one, please fill out the accessibility request form by September 6.

Gender Neutral Restrooms
NWSA will have a designated gender neutral restrooms space available for use for all persons. 

Quiet Space
NWSA will have a designated quiet space available for use for all registered attendees during breakout times of the pre-conference and general conference. In 2018, this is located on the first floor by the Crystal Ballroom. Please see the map for exact location: 2018 Map

Maternal Care Room
NWSA will have a designated Maternal Care Room for nursing mothers. 

Accessible Guest Rooms
All NWSA attendees are responsible for their own guest room accommodations. All official NWSA hotels have accessible guest rooms available. Please indicate your request when making your reservation.

Fragrance Free Conference Environment
In the interest of supporting our colleagues with sensitivity to alcohols and scent, we ask that attendees refrain from wearing perfumes or fragrances. Perfumes and fragrances (including scented lotions) can negatively affect people with multiple chemical sensitive syndrome (MCS), asthma, and/or autoimmune disorders. For every 100 people in America, there is an average of 10 with asthma, 20 with an autoimmune disorder and/or 12.5 with MCS

Accessibility Requirements for All Presenters

  • Access Copies: Presenters should plan to bring five copies of their papers, even in draft form, for the use of attendees who wish to follow the written text. Presenters who use handouts should prepare some copies in a large-print format (Sans-serif font, 16-point type size). Presenters should indicate whether they want their papers and handouts returned.

  • When speaking, position your face at an angle that allows participants to read your lips. Avoid speaking while facing away from the audience, or while looking down at papers or screens.

  • Please say your name before asking a question

  • Please describe any power points or visuals.

  • If you are planning on showing video during your presentation, please plan on captioning/subtitling your video or having transcripts available.

  • If engaging in experiential activities make sure you have planned for the inclusion of all, regardless of physical abilities.

  • Consider making it possible for attendees to obtain an electronic version that allows for type size adjustments or use of text readers (creating audio from written text).

  • NWSA asks that all presenters and attendees refrain from wearing perfumes and other scented products while participating in conference activities.