2012 Accessibility Resources
2012 Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Resources

The American Educational Research Association is committed to offering an accessible environment for persons with disabilities. The Association strives to support persons with special needs while they are attending the Annual Meeting.

Special Needs Requests
During the registration process, please check the appropriate box to request special needs. This includes requests for sign language interpreting or any other special assistance.

For your hotel reservation, if you require an ADA compliant room, please contact housing customer service at email: aera@connectionshousing.com or phone: 800-262-9974 or 404-842-0000.

ACCESS AERA On-site Services Desk

Attendees with special needs are encouraged to visit the ACCESS AERA Services Desk located at Registration at the Vancouver Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, Exhibition Level. The service desk will be open during registration hours:

Thursday, April 12, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13 – Monday, April 16, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17, 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

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On-site Comfort Rooms
During the Annual Meeting, persons with disabilities who desire a place to relax are invited to visit the AERA Comfort Rooms located at Vancouver Convention Center, West Room 107&108, First Level, and the Sheraton Wall Centre, North Gulf Islands A, Lower Lobby Level. Specialized reading devices for visually impaired attendees will be available. The on-site comfort rooms will be open the following hours:

Friday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 16, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Convention Center only)

ADA Shuttle for Persons with Disabilities
AERA is pleased to offer a complimentary ADA shuttle service between the headquarter hotels from Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17. The shuttle will service the Vancouver Convention Center, Pan Pacific, Fairmont Waterfront, Marriott Pinnacle, Sheraton and Hyatt Regency (on request). The shuttle will operate approximately every 30 minutes from each hotel. Look for shuttle signs at the entrance of each hotel for exact pick-up and drop-off locations. The shuttle will operate during the following hours:

Friday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, April 16, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presenting to Persons with Disabilities
AERA is committed to building a culture of inclusion of people with diverse abilities. The roles of presenter, chair, discussant, and organizer are integral to creating inclusive sessions. The Association encourages participants to follow some basic guidelines to enhance the accessibility of presentations and communication. Session organizers and chairs are asked to emphasize the importance of these guidelines to all participants in sessions (e.g., presenters, chairs, discussants) in advance of the Annual Meeting and, when necessary, in guiding the conduct of the session itself.

All presenters are encouraged to review Important Information on Accessibility of

Session Presentations and Communication and Presentation Tips and Information for Presenting to People with Disabilities.

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