International AIDS Society

Accessibility Information

Conference Accessibility

Language Interpretation

Sign language interpretation in English (ASL) and Spanish (LSE) will be provided for the Opening Ceremony, the daily Plenary Sessions and the Closing Session. Live Captioning (CART Typology) will also be provided for the above sessions

Delegates who need ASL interpretation to attend a particular session, workshop, discussion or visit an exhibition booth can request extra sign language interpretation before June 29th, 2012 by contacting .

Visually Impaired Services

Braille translation of the AIDS 2012 Conference Pocket Programme as well as electronic version of the AIDS 2012 Conference Programme and the AIDS 2012 General Information Guide will be available onsite for delegates who request it through the AIDS 2012 online registration system.

Accessibility Desk

An accessibility information desk will be set up for people with disabilities to get assistance. The desk will be located near the conference registration area and will be available for the entire conference/registration duration.

Mobility Services

There will be mobility scooters available for conference delegates to rent for their mobility needs. Delegates will be able to reserve the scooter online, by phone registration, or onsite. More information will be updated soon.

Delegates will be able to borrow manual wheelchair. While the rental is free of charge, a deposit of 50USD will be requested.

Mobility Lifts:
The conference venue has portable wheelchair/scooter lifts for speakers who need access to conference stages. Speakers who have a particular need are requested to contact .

Personal Assistant Registration

Conference delegates with specific accessibility needs who are interested in bringing their own assistant (sign language interpreter, CART Typist, etc.) are requested to contact us at .

Venue Accessibility

The Center is committed to accommodating the needs of individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act:
  • Passenger elevators located throughout the venue provide access to all public areas of the building. Elevators are alarm-equipped with two-way communications to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Command Center and have tactile Braille call buttons inside and outside the cars
  • Infrared Audio Assistive Listening Systems are permanently installed in the meeting rooms and Ballroom
  • Tactile Braille signage is at the entrances to all meeting rooms and restrooms, and inside and outside all passenger elevators
  • Trained service animals are permitted in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with proper supervision
  • Implemented measures to ensure that disabled people can readily identify emergency situations in the building.
    • visual alarm system (flashing lights in public areas and common use areas including bathrooms, locker rooms and along public corridors)
    • Signs that identify exit doors and room numbers are posted in Braille, raised letters and numbers so that they can be read visually and identified by touch
  • In the event of a fire/smoke related emergency, guests with disabilities should be directed to emergency exit stairways. Emergency exit stairways are designed with large landings and can provide protection for up to two (2) hours while assistance is summoned to aid disabled guests, as necessary, in evacuating the facility
Getting to the Venue:

Transportation shuttles can be arranged for people who need special assistance. (Applicable fees will depend on travel distance.) Also, the Metrorail and Metro Buses are both accessible. For more information please visit: www.wmata.com/accessibility/

For more information on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s accessibility, visit: www.dcconvention.com/Visitors/Accessibility.aspx