ALA works to make sure your experience will be a pleasant and accessible one.  Below you'll find Conference features to ensure that the ALA 2021 Annual Conference is accessible to all.  

ALA works to make sure that your experience will be a pleasant and accessible one. Here are the features we have in place to ensure that the ALA 2021 Annual Conference is accessible to all: 

  • We caption our main sessions, (e.g., President’s Program, Membership Meeting, Council Meetings, and others, as requested by organizers).
  • We have accessible sleeping rooms in our hotel block. Rooms for the deaf, blind, and attendees in wheelchairs are available. Please check the appropriate box on your housing form.  An onPeak representative will contact you to make sure you are placed in an appropriate room.    
  • Leader animals of all kinds are welcome throughout the Conference.    
  • Our shuttle bus company offers accessible buses. Instructions on how to obtain your ride are available in each hotel, in the convention center, and in the Program Exhibit Directory.    

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters

Conference Services coordinates interpreting services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. To use the service, Interpreter requests should be made prior to conference attendance by contacting the Conference Services Accessibility Hotline 312-280-3225 or email [email protected]

An interpreter will also be on-call in the Conference Services Office in the Convention Center, Thursday through Monday.  Services are available on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Mobility Assistance

Based upon availability in each city, ALA maintains a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters on a first-come / first-serve basis for attendees that require mobility assistance.  ALA offers complimentary scooters to be used during regular session hours.

Scooter pick up and drop off will be located in the McCormick Place Convention Center.  Please see the attendant for assistance. You will be asked to sign-out and return the scooters daily with the attendant.     

Scooter Hours will be made available closer to the conference date.

Please note that scooters returned past the closing time are subject to a $25 fee.

If you require mobility assistance and would like to reserve a scooter prior to the show, please contact the Conference Services Accessibility Hotline 312-280-3225 or email [email protected], no later than May 21, 2021. Reservation requests cannot be taken after this deadline; however, additional scooters will be available for use during the conference.

Mothers Room

There will be a private and comfortable space allocated to nursing mothers in the Convention Center.