Accessible By Design is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We'll do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance.

To help you make an informed decision about whether the conference will be accessible to you, this page describes the accessibility features of the conference. Please contact us if your question is not answered here, or if the conference arrangements as described are not enough to allow you to attend.

How do I communicate accessibility needs to Accessible By Design organizers?

When you fill out the registration form for the conference, we'll ask you for "Special accommodations (optional)." In your response, please let us know about any needs such as wheelchair access, sign language interpretation, a guide, etc. We'll follow up with you to clarify your needs. Feel free to reach out directly at any time to Greg Hanek, our Accessibility Contact, at ghanek@iu.edu

Who do I ask if my question is not answered here?

For location accessibility questions

Indiana Memorial Union website or call the IMU at 812-856-6381.

For requirements and further questions

Please contact the Accessibility Contact, Greg Hanek: ghanek@iu.edu

Will sign language interpretation or captioning be available?

The conference will provide a team of sign language interpreters. Please make your request as early as possible. We'll follow up with you to discuss your needs in more detail.

Please note: After May 1, 2018 (the deadline for registration), we'll make our best effort to accommodate requests, but we cannot guarantee that may be possible.

What are the taxi and public transport options for getting to the conference venue?

From the Indianapolis (IND) airport, shuttle and taxi services (like Go Express Travel shuttle) can get you to the venue, Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU). Service animals are welcome on the shuttles, but the wheelchair accessible shuttle must be booked at least one week in advance.

If you're driving, please know that the entrance to the IMU and parking lot can be confusing. There are limestone limestone pillars for driver and iron gates for pedestrian traffic. Here's a picture to orient you:

limestone pillars flanking the entrance to the IMU driveway and parking lot.

Shuttles, taxis, Uber, and Lyft can drop you off at the IMU hotel lobby entrance. It should be 50 steps or less to enter the building and walk to the front desk. The sidewalk has curb cuts from the parking lot to the hotel lobby entrance. There you'll find two doors: one revolving, one automated. The wall switch for the automated door is about one meter above the ground.

IMU hotel lobby entrance.

On the south side of the building, there are two additional accessible entrances (both with automated doors). The first image is the Whittenberger Auditorium entrance, and the wall switches for its automated door are about one meter above the ground. The second image is the closest accessible entrance to the conference room, Alumni Hall. It has vertical actuation bars that may be triggered by a wheelchair footrest. There are metered accessible parking spots near these entrances. The other accessible parking spots on that side of the building require an Indiana University parking permit, even if you already have a state-issued handicapped parking tag.

Whittenberger Auditorium entrance. Closest accessible entrance to Alumni Hall, showing walkway and ramp.

Between those two accessible entrances are the Bookstore entrances, which are not accessible. The wheelchair sticker on one door is actually pointing to the Whittenberger Auditorium entrance.

Who can I ask about accessibility in Bloomington?

Visit the City of Bloomington website to learn more about Bloomington's public transportation and accessibility features.

What is the conference space like?

This map of the conference space shows you the overall layout of the Indiana Memorial Union.

We are working on a more accessible version of this PDF, but it likely won't be ready before the conference. Please contact the conference Accessibility Contact. for more information.

All planned conference events are on the First floor (not the Main level) of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Please see our other FAQs for more details about wheelchair or power scooter access, restrooms, walking and steps, and facilities for assistance animals.

Will the conference be accessible by wheelchair or power scooter?

Yes, the conference will be accessible to wheelchair users. The hotel in the Indiana Memorial Union has a level entrance with an automatic door next to the revolving door. The route to the lobby elevators is level tile. These elevators are very small, though, and turning a wheelchair around may be difficult to impossible. A scooter user would occupy most of the elevator. Powerchair users may want to contact guest services at 812-856-6381 for possible accommodations. The Biddle Hotel has mobility accessible rooms, with grab bars in the step-in tub, lowered closet shelves, and lowered vanity counters. Roll-in showers are available in some one-king bedrooms.

There is a large service elevator that a powerchair user could easily turn around in. It's located on the side of the bookstore, and about 60% of the way to get to the actual venue hall from the main lobby or the Whittenberger Auditorium entrances. It also tends to be heavily used by the facility staff for their duties.

What are the restroom facilities like?

The closest accessible restrooms are one floor down, on the Main level. There is a small elevator next to restrooms. The elevator can be reached going out of Alumni Hall, to the right. The restrooms do not have automatic doors, and typical washbasins, soap dispensers, and towel dispensers, which some may find difficult to reach. It may be awkward to reach the hand dryers to use them. Each restroom has one large stall with grab rails.

There are other, larger accessible restrooms on the Main level, but you must go past the food court and the coffee shop to get to them (about 200 steps away from the stairs/elevator closest to the Alumni Hall venue). These larger restrooms each have an accessible stall with grab rails, and a lowered washbasin, soap dispenser, and towel dispenser which should be easier to reach from a wheelchair or scooter.

There are also non-wheelchair accessible restrooms (the soap and towel dispensers are mounted too high to be reached easily while seated) on the First floor. They are located down a hallway near the Whittenberger Auditorium..

Can I bring my guide dog?

Yes! Guide dogs and other service animals are welcome at Accessible By Design. There will be a relief area available just outside the accessible entrances to the South of the building. We can arrange for water to be available for your service animal, too, if you give us some advance notice. Please do indicate on your registration form if you anticipate bringing a service animal to the conference.

How much walking or standing will be needed?

From the elevators available from the lobby and exiting onto the First floor, it will be between 220-250 steps to walk through the Indiana Memorial union to get to the doors of the venue. The venue will be using theatre-style seating, with rows of padded chairs.

Alumni Hall seating arrangement, two banks of theatre-style with padded chairs. Large projection screen hanging above a raised stage, with speaker podium on stage left.

The closest accessible restrooms are one floor down, on the Main level. There is a small elevator next to restrooms. The elevator can be reached going out of Alumni Hall, to the right. The restrooms do not have automatic doors, and typical washbasins, soap dispensers, and towel dispensers, which some may find difficult to reach. It may be awkward to reach the hand dryers to use them. Each restroom has one large stall with grab rails.

There are other, larger accessible restrooms on the Main level, but you must go past the food court and the coffee shop to get to them (down one floor, then about 200 steps away from the doors into the Alumni Hall venue). These larger restrooms each have an accessible stall with grab rails, and a lowered washbasin, soap dispenser, and towel dispenser which should be easier to reach from a wheelchair or scooter.

Within the Indiana Memorial Union, there are some locations where there is a short ramp or stairs. These are marked on the map.

Lunch will be served in the Solarium, which is directly adjacent to Alumni Hall. The number of steps required to move to that space will depend on where you choose to sit, but should be fewer than 75 steps or so.

Will there be an induction loop in the meeting rooms?

There is no induction loop system currently in the venue. We will have eight assistive listening receivers, four of which could use an inductive neckloop for T-Switch hearing aid users.

Will speakers be using a microphone?

Yes, all speakers will be using microphones.

What food service will be provided?

The conference will provide a plated lunch. We will provide table tents for Vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free to be placed at your plate for lunch, if you have indicated your meal options during your registration.

During some breaks, there will be a buffet-style service. Available items will be marked for their Vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/allergen contents.

If you have special dietary needs, please let us know about them when you register.

Can the conference accommodate special dietary needs?

Yes. Attendees who indicate special dietary requirements on their registration form will be provided with special meals when the conference catering does not directly accommodate them. If you have a severe food allergy, please let us know when you register.

Will the conference be a smoke-free environment?

Indiana University is a smoke-free campus.

What if I have a medical emergency or health problem during the conference?

In case of emergency call 911 for an ambulance. The nearest hospital is a nine minute drive away, according to Google Maps. If you require non-urgent medical care, please contact Greg Hanek at ghanek@iu.edu or ask any conference volunteer. They will provide you with information about local doctors, specialists, chiropractors, etc. For non-resident attendees, buying travel insurance that covers medical expenses is strongly recommended as fees for emergency treatment can be very high.

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

9am–5pm

Location: Alumni Hall

Indiana Memorial Union
IU Bloomington