Accessibility FAQ

The UMAQ conference is committed to providing an inclusive environment, and we will do our best to accommodate requests for specific assistance. This page describes the accessibility features of the UMAQ conference, to help you make an informed decision about whether or not the conference will be accessible to you. Please contact us if your question is not answered here, or if the conference arrangements as described are not sufficient to allow you to attend. We will work with you to the best of our ability to make the conference accessible.

Below you can download a large print and dyslexia-friendly version of the call for papers.

You can also find information regarding accessibility of the conference venue; accessibility services provided during the conference; accessible routes to the conference venue; and accessible services, transport, and cultural venues around the city.

For further inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

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Is there an accessible version of the call for papers?
Will presentations be accessible?
What are the accessibility services provided during the conference?
Will the conference venue be accessible?
What are the arrangements for presenters with accessibility needs?
Can I bring my guide dog?
Will speakers and audience members asking questions be using a microphone?
Where is the conference venue located?
What are the public transport options for getting to the conference venue?
What are the accessible public transport options for getting to the conference venue from the airport?
Where can I find information on accessible services, transport, and cultural venues in Barcelona?
How can I communicate accessibility needs to the UMAQ Conference organisers?
Who can I ask if my question is not answered here?

 

Is there an accessible version of the call for papers?
Yes. You can download a large print and dyslexia-friendly version of the call for papers from the following link: UMAQ Conference CFP accessible version.
The document uses the high-readability and dyslexia-friendly font biancoenero©.

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Will presentations be accessible?
We have prepared a document with specific guidelines for creating accessible presentations. All speakers will be asked to comply with them, although we cannot guarantee that all will do so.
The document can be downloaded at the following line: Guidelines for an Accessible Presentation (filesize 2.8 MB).

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What are the accessibility services provided during the conference?
The keynote speech will be accessible through live subtitles.
Large print, dyslexia-friendly, and Braille versions of the conference programme will be provided upon request. If you wish to receive one, please contact us by 15 April 2018.

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Will the conference venue be accessible?
Yes. The conference will take place in the auditorium of the Residència de Investigadors. The auditorium is located on the ground floor. Entrance to the Residència de Investigadors as well as the whole ground floor, including the auditorium, are step-free.

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What are the arrangements for presenters with accessibility needs?
All speakers will present from the stage located at the end of the conference hall. The stage is raised, with four steps located on the right side and a ramp located on the left side. Presenters will usually stand and speak from the podium, located on the right side of the stage, near the four steps. If necessary, presenters will speak while seated at the speakers’ table on stage. If you would like a volunteer to operate slides or guide you onto and off the stage, or have other accessibility requests, please contact us by 15 April 2018.

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Can I bring my guide dog?
Yes. Guide dogs are welcome at the UMAQ Conference. When you register for the conference, there will be a registration field labelled, "If you have any specific needs, please indicate here". In your message, please indicate if you anticipate bringing a guide dog to the conference.

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Will speakers and audience members asking questions be using a microphone?
Yes, microphones will be used for all speakers. Attendees with questions will be requested to use a microphone so that their question is more easily heard.

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Where is the conference venue located?
The conference will take place at the Residència de Investigadors, in Carrer de l'Hospital 64. Carrer de l'Hospital is located in the city centre, more specifically, in the neighbourhood called "El Raval". The street is overlooking the Ramblas, Barcelona's main thoroughfare.

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What are the public transport options for getting to the conference venue?
The Residència de Investigadors cannot be directly reached by public transport. Nonetheless, you can use the city bus network or the metro to reach the Ramblas. Then the route from the Ramblas to the conference venue is almost step-free.

The Barcelona public bus transport service is accessible to users with reduced mobility as well as deaf and blind persons. If you use the bus network, your stop is Liceu, located on the Ramblas. The route from the Liceu stop to the Residència de Investigadors, using the sidewalk on the right of Carrer de l'Hospital, is almost step-free. You can find more information on the accessibility of the city bus network on the following website: www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona/accessibility-mobility-reduced.

The whole Barcelona metro network is wheelchair adapted, except some stations (15 out of a total of 156).
The nearest metro station is Liceu, on the metro line L3 - Green. The Liceu station is located on the Ramblas and equipped with an elevator, which will leave you just a few meters from the beginning of Carrer de l'Hospital. The route from the Liceu station to the Residència de Investigadors, using the sidewalk on the right of Carrer de l'Hospital, is almost step-free. You can find more information on the accessibility of the metro network on the following website: www.tmb.cat/en/barcelona/accessibility-mobility-reduced.

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What are the accessible public transport options for getting to the conference venue from the airport?
From Barcelona airport, the easiest way to get to the Residència de Investigadors is by Aerobus. If you arrive using the Aerobus, your stop is Plaça Catalunya. The route from the Aerobus stop in Plaça Catalunya to the Residència de Investigadors, via the Ramblas first and then Carrer de l'Hospital, is almost step-free.
You can find more information about the Aerobus, including costs, operating hours, and stops on the following website: www.aerobusbcn.com/en/faq

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Where can I find information on accessible services, transport, and cultural venues in Barcelona?
The website www.barcelona-access.com provides information on accessible services, hotels, and cultural venues around the city. It also provides information on accessible transport within the city and on the route from the Barcelona Airport to the city centre.
The website is run by the Barcelona Tourism Consortium and provides information in four languages: English, French, Catalan, and Spanish.

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How can I communicate accessibility needs to the UMAQ Conference organisers?
When you register for the conference, there will be a registration field labelled, "If you have any specific needs, please indicate here". In your message, please indicate any accessibility needs you may have, such as a guide. We will follow up with you to clarify your needs. You can also contact us directly at any time through the conference contact form.

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Who can I ask if my question is not answered here?
If there is specific accessibility information you would like to see here, or if you wish to discuss any accessibility requirements, please contact us directly at any time through the conference contact form, and we will respond to you shortly.

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This FAQ is based on a template provided by ACM SIGACCESS and furtherly adapted by Gian Maria Greco.

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