ALA works to make sure your experience will be a pleasant and accessible one. Here are the features we have in place to ensure that the ALA 2019 Midwinter Meeting 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. There are rooms for the deaf, blind, and attendees in wheelchairs. Please fill out the housing form and check the appropriate box. 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 has accessible buses. Instructions on how to obtain rides are available in each hotel, in the convention center on-site, and in the on-site newspaper, Cognotes


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, before December 21, 2018. 

An interpreter is also on-call in the Conference Services Office in the Washington State Convention Center, Thursday through Monday, for last minute requests and 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-served basis for attendees that require mobility assistance.  ALA offers these scooters on a complimentary basis to be used during regular session hours.

Scooter pick up and drop off will be located in the Washington State Convention Center on Level 1 near the Shuttle drop off.  Please see the attendant for assistance. You will be asked to sign-out and return the scooters daily with the attendant. 

Please make note of the Scooter Hours:

    Friday, Jan. 25 -      7:15am – 7:15pm

    Saturday, Jan. 26 -   7:15am – 5:15pm

    Sunday, Jan. 27 -    7:15am – 5:15pm

    Monday, Jan. 28 -    7:15am - 5:15pm

Scooter Hours will be available soon. Any scooters returned past the time noted above will be 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 no later than December 21, 2018. Reservation requests cannot be taken after the December 21, 2018 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.