This year, the MCLS conference will be hosted at Gallaudet University, the only bilingual American Sign Language-English university dedicated to the higher education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. To ensure the inclusion of the Gallaudet community as well as respect the linguistic environment of Gallaudet, all presentations will be interpreted in ASL and captioned in English. This will ensure maximum accessibility for all our MCLS members.
We are requesting that all presenters submit a close to final copy of their presentation (talk, lightning talk, poster) at least 48 hours before their scheduled presentation. This will ensure that low vision individuals and any attendee will have the possibility to read materials on personal devices. Further, this will allow sign language interpreters working during the talk and posters sessions to become familiarized with the content and jargon. This is critical to ensure proper interpretation.
A low stimulation room will be available to attendees who might need a quiet space during the day. This space will not be a meeting room but a space to retreat from the hustle and noise of the conference halls. Anyone wanting to focus or simply relax will be welcome to use the space.
To ensure dietary options that meet various restrictions, vegan, gluten free and regular (meat + dairy) sandwich options will be available during the lunch breaks.
All spaces will be wheelchair accessible and within a few minutes walk from each other. Only one conference hall will be further away, requiring a 5 to 7 minute walk. Dorms will be further away on campus requiring up to 10 minutes walk. We will try our best to secure a golf cart if requested.
We are also happy to provide a nursing space upon request.
If you need any other accommodation, please contact the MCLS organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
During registration, you will be given the opportunity to indicate whether you will need any specific accommodations (e.g., a golf cart, nursing room) as well as your dietary restrictions to make sure we may offer appropriate amounts. We will also provide additional space for any other accommodation requests.