Accessibility

The SIGCSE community is becoming increasingly diverse, with attendees from all over the world who represent varied gender, racial, ethnic, disability, and other identities. This year, we are happy to provide a Frequently Asked Questions page to help you navigate accessibility at the conference. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Accessibility Liaison, Stacy Branham, at accessibility@sigcse2019.org, and/or take a moment to fill out this brief accessibility and inclusivity survey to help us improve.

Q: Are there all-gender restrooms?

A: Yes, there will be an all-gender restroom located past the registration desk and down the hall on the right. It is immediately adjacent to the Grant Room.

Q: Is there a room for nursing mothers?

A: Yes. The Hyatt hotel has a designated “Mothering room,” which is located on the second floor. If you visit the front desk, they can provide you with a key. Access is first come, first served. The room has two seats and access to power outlets. There is a refrigerator in every hotel room, but not in the Mothering room. If you are staying in the Millennium and would like access to a room for nursing, please contact the Accessibility Liaison, Stacy Branham, at accessibility@sigcse2019.org.

Q: What if I experience harassment at the conference?

A: To reiterate the official SIGCSE Conference Policy, harassment and hostile behavior is unwelcome here. If you have been harassed or you witness harassment, please contact the conference chairs (symposium@sigcse2010.org or program@sigcse2019.org) or the accessibility chair (accessibility@sigcse2019.org). You may wish to report unacceptable behavior anonymously to SIGCSE 2019 and/or to the ACM.

Q: What are accessible transport options for getting to the conference venue?

A: Please see SIGCSE’s Minneapolis Visitor Information page for general travel information. In addition, please see these accessibility-related travel information:

Q: Will there be any offsite events / venues?

A: No. All events will take place a the main conference venue.

Q: What is the layout of the conference venue? Where are the elevators and stairs?

A: Please see our marked up Hyatt map and Millennium map for details. If you would like additional information or text-based descriptions of the layout, please contact Stacy at accessibility@sigcse2019.org.

Q: On which level(s) of the venue will the conference will be held? What are the names of session rooms, lunch rooms, reception rooms?

A: There are 4 floors within the Hyatt and 2 floors within the Millennium. All sessions and names can be found on the symposium website. You can also request access to the event’s mobile app, Whova, once you download it. Please note, Whova has not been tested for screenreader accessibility; we hope to do so in the future.

Q: Will the conference be a smoke-free environment?

A: There is no smoking inside the conference hotels. There is a smoking area in front of the hotel and also on the hotel terrace.

Q: Will there be microphones for attendees in session rooms?

A: Yes. Guidelines for session chairs and presenters request that attendees always use microphones for the benefit of those who are hard of hearing.

Q: Is there an option to attend the conference remotely by robots (e.g., Beams)?

A: We are sorry, but SIGCSE 2019 will not be able to provide remote attendance by robot.

Q: Will there be microphones for attendees in session rooms?

A: Yes. Guidelines for session chairs and presenters request that attendees always use microphones for the benefit of those who are hard of hearing.

Q: Does the conference center have any areas with an induction loop for hearing assistance?

A: No, there is not an induction loop. However, there are amplified hearing devices available upon request for the main plenary room. There will additionally be limited seating reserved near speakers in session rooms to support those who are hard of hearing.