The hotel suggests using Loring Parking garage if you have your own transportation. The parking ramp is located next to the hotel and there’s a walkway from the parking ramp to the hotel’s second floor. There are steps down and an elevator, and follow the sign to the hotel lobby. Please consult the hotel’s map, parking, and transportation page for more information, including parking rates.
There is no step or curb at the hotel entrance. The hotel’s main entrance consists of two sets of automatic sliding doors flanking a wide, automatic revolving door (no need to push). The revolving door has “slow” and “stop” buttons.
We will use the hotel’s guest elevators to the 4th floor to get to LITA Forum registration desk and meeting rooms; there’s no direct access to the 5th conference room from the guest elevators. To go to the 5th floor, there are conference escalator and elevator across the Forum’s registration desk.
Restrooms are located on all floors of the hotel’s conference floors. Each restroom has a dedicated stall for wheelchair users.
The hotel provides several eating establishments options for you if you cannot leave the premise for any reason and need a bite.
Consult with the hotel map for information on room arrangements and other hotel facilities.
Forum’s breakout sessions are held on the 4th and 5th floor. You can use the elevator or escalators to reach them. Most of the sessions will be done on the 4th floor.
The desk will be located at the end of the hallway on the 4th floor. LITA Staff will greet you and help you out if needed.
Most area in the hotel are accessible for wheelchair users. Please keep in mind that the hotel might use thick carpeting, which might hamper wheelchair maneuverability. If you have concerns about this possibility, please contact us for further assistance.
The rooms for the breakout sessions are not equipped with audio induction loops. We will have microphones for speakers and audience members to use.
Sessions assigned to the Streaming room will have live streaming and live captions. For other rooms, please contact us by November 4th to arrange any assistance such as in-room captioning or ASL interpreters. We cannot guarantee accommodation requests that come after this.
We want to ensure that any photos that are taken (whether by conference staff or by fellow conference attendees) are done in accordance with your wishes. When you come to pick up your conference badge, you will be given a colored lanyard based on the photography preference that you indicated on the registration form. For accessibility purposes, we chose these colors:
If you want to change the lanyard to reflect your new preference, the staff at the registration desk would be more than happy to swap it with a different one.
We will also have pronoun buttons for attendees to add to their badges at the registration desk
We understand that many of us would like to share the excitement and experience through various social media. Please observe these guidelines:
Read the Privacy and Safety guidance as well so all of us can enjoy a great conference experience.
A Gender Neutral Bathroom can be found on the 5th Floor of the hotel. Please ask LITA Staff at the Forum’s registration desk for directions.
The room “Lake Minnetonka” has been designated as the quiet room. Please look for signage of the room’s name and purpose in front of it. Feel free to use it anytime during the conference time. Please observe and respect the quiet room guidelines.
Please contact us for assistance in finding a space for your need.
This year’s Forum is designed to be rather different than typical speaker/audience set ups. Consequently, there are some challenges with regard to microphone availability as well as the cost incurred. We might have to deal with “walking the mic around”.
LITA core mission is education and our strength roots in its members and supporters, which means all of us! We sincerely thank you for the knowledge and experience you’re sharing as Forum presenters.
Carli Spina provided a great webinar for you. If you missed it or would like to review it again, you can watch the recording (audio transcript is included) and read her slide deck at http://bit.ly/2018ForumCreateAccessPresents.
Please observe and follow the guidelines carefully. If you provide a video, be aware that fast moving images or animation with lightstrobe may affect some of your audience. Warn them beforehand.
Check out our Social and Networking Activities page! Accessibility information will be listed.
If you would like to try out other restaurants, our Local Planning Committee has created list of restaurants and their accessibility considerations for you to check.
In the event of an emergency, the hotel’s security department can be reached at Extension 55 or through the Hotel Operator. If you requires emergency medical assistance (Minneapolis Fire Department or Paramedics), you will be transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, which is the nearest medical facility to the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.