Accessibility FAQ

How do I communicate accessibility needs?

You can get in contact with our Accessibility chair: Georg Regal, via email: accessibility@tei.acm.org. If you have any requests do not hesitate to contact the accessibility chair, the earlier the better. 

It is also possible to contact the Diversity and Inclusion chairs under diversity@tei.acm.org. Please also refer to the Diversity and Inclusion Webpage. 

During the registration process, you will be asked to indicate any accessibility needs such as wheelchair access, sign language interpretation, guide, or dietary restrictions. Based on your request, the  Accessibility Chair will contact you to better understand your needs and propose possible solutions. 

What if I have a medical emergency or health problem during the conference?

Call 112 (one one two) during an emergency requiring ambulance, fire and rescue, or police help. 

If you require non-urgent medical care, please contact our local chairs at local_chairs@tei.acm.org or ask any student volunteer. They will provide you with information about local doctors, specialists, chiropractors, etc. For non-resident attendees, acquiring travel insurance that covers medical expenses is strongly recommended.

Can I attend the conference remotely?

Yes. We will make remote conference attendance possible. Further details will be provided soon.

Can a student volunteer assist me during the conference?

Yes. There will be student volunteers available to personally assist conference participants with accessibility needs. If you will need a designated student volunteer assistance at the conference, please indicate this during the online registration process and / or get in contact with the Accessibility chair – accessibility@tei.acm.org

What are the arrangements for presenters with accessibility needs?

We aim to ensure an accessible TEI2021 conference for all presenters, online and offline. Further details will be provided as soon as the actual modes of online and offline participation are defined (depending on the COVID19 development within the next months).

All conference venues are accessible through elevators. The podium in the main conference hall is accessible by ramp. If you are a presenter with a wheelchair and would like a student volunteer to operate slides or help you to go on and off the stage, please contact our accessibility chair (accessbility@tei.acm.org) as soon as possible so we can make necessary additional arrangements.

Will speakers and audience members asking questions be using a microphone?

Yes. All speakers are required to use a microphone during their talks. Conference participants will be requested to use a microphone when asking questions during the sessions.

Will sign language interpretation be available?

Certain rows (7-24) at the main venue are equipped with an audio induction loop. 

We will endeavour to provide sign language interpreters during the talk sessions. If you require this service, please make your request as early as possible by email: accessibility@tei.acm.org. We will contact you to discuss your needs in more detail. The best effort will be made to accommodate requests, but we cannot guarantee that interpreters will be available.

Can I bring an assistance/service animal?

Yes. Assistance dogs and other service animals are welcome at TEI2021. Please indicate on your registration if you anticipate bringing a service animal to the conference.

What is the conference venue like?

Currently we are aiming for a hybrid model of online and offline participation. More detail will be provided soon. 

We hope to see as many participants as possible live in Salzburg.  Here is an overview of the venues. Hopefully we can manage to enjoy them in person.

The main conference will take place in the Große Aula of the University Salzburg. The venue has between 500 and 600 seats. The venue is accessible through an elevator and provides certain dedicated places for users of wheelchairs. Certain rows (row 7-24) in the venue are equipped with an audio induction loop. Accessible restrooms are available. 

The arts track will take place at 5020 [fünfzigzwanzig] {fiftytwenty} is a non commercial and non profit contemporary artspace situated in the citycentre of Salzburg, Austria. The venue is accessible by a (transportation) lift. An accessible restroom is available.

Studios will take place at Techno-Z, a technological campus in the north of Salzburg. Techno-Z is serviced by ÖBB trolley buses, which are equipped with wheelchair ramps. The campus itself has a spatial lay-out, and all main roads are lined with footpaths. The building is completely barrier-free as per Austrian legislation for accessible educational institutions.

Can the conference accommodate special dietary needs?

Yes. You will be asked to indicate your special dietary needs (including allergies) during the online registration process. 

If the conference catering does not accommodate your special dietary needs, we will make our best effort to provide meals according to your indicated special dietary needs. In this case, please contact our Accessibility chair, Georg Regal by email: accessibility@tei.acm.org. He will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Will there be a designated quiet space at the conference?

We will provide quiet spaces for rehearsal but also for other needs. More details will be provided soon. 

Will the conference be accessible by wheelchair or power scooter?

All venues will be accessible by wheelchair or power scooter. 

Will the conference be a smoke-free environment?

Yes, all public buildings are completely smoke-free as per to Austrian legislation.

Who do I ask if my question is not answered here?

If there are other specific accessibility questions you would like to have answered or if you wish to discuss any conference accessibility requirements, please contact the Accessibility  chair accessibility@tei.acm.org. He will respond to your question as soon as possible. More information and a non generic eMail address is provided below: 

Accessibility Chair

Georg Regal (he/him) is a scientist at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. At AIT he is responsible for the design and development of interaction prototypes. His research is focused on human augmentation, especially virtual reality and interfaces for people with disabilities. You can contact him at accessibility@tei.acm.org or directly at georg.regal [at] ait.ac.at