Disclaimer: These are generalized answers to accessibility questions. In order to receive the most appropriate accommodations, request your accommodations when you register for the conference. Accommodation requests are strongly encouraged to be requested by January 17th, 2018.
What are some accessible transportation options during MBLGTACC 2018?
MBLGTACC 2018 will have free accessible buses available from the hotels at which we have room blocks. The shuttles will run during Friday the 16th from 2:30 PM to 11:00 PM, Saturday the 17th from 7:00 AM to 11:55 PM, and Sunday the 18th from 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM. There will be trackers on the shuttles that stream to our mobile app. Please wait for your shuttle 5-15 minutes in advance of when you need it to ensure you catch it on time.
Metro Bus System
Information about the accessibility of the Omaha Metro Bus System can be found at ometro.com. The website also includes a schedule and map of the bus routes, a trip planning guide, and a Spanish language assistance area.
Happy Cab (Taxi)
If you would like to arrange a taxi, please call Happy Cab at 402-292-2222 and speak with an operator. The typical wait time for cab arrival is 5-20 minutes but is liable to change on a case-by-case basis, so plan accordingly. They offer accessible vans on a first-come-first-serve basis. Visit their site to see fares and other information at happycab.com.
Will quiet spaces be available during the conference?
Yes. We will have mindfulness spaces available for those that need a moment to center themselves.
What considerations have been made for the conference for auditory accessibility?
There will be ASL interpreters for all Keynote speakers, featured entertainment, and the drag show. We will also be sending information to all presenters about how to make their presentations accessible.
What considerations have been made for the conference for mobile accessibility?
There are several aspects of MBLGTACC 2018 that will go beyond ADA compliance. We are hosting the conference in buildings that are in relatively close proximity to each other—all of the buildings span a total distance of a quarter of a mile from end to end, with most buildings being around 200 feet from one another.
Please keep in mind that conferences typically involve a lot of travel. All of the hallways are wide enough to consider both the inevitable conference traffic as well as wheelchair accommodation. While there is an incline between the main floor of Sapp Fieldhouse and Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), the elevator in the Community Engagement Center (CEC) can be used to circumnavigate the hill.
What considerations have been made for the conference for visual accessibility?
Our developers created all electronic content with visual accessibility software web and electronic accessibility in mind. Programs will be available on the app and accessible to screen readers and other assistive features. We will also be sending information to all presenters about how to make their presentations accessible. A limited number of Large Print Programs will be available for on-site registration. We encourage you to make specific accommodations requests through the registration process. However, we cannot guarantee that all sessions will be accessible for all attendees.
Will you require a doctor's note or other proof of disability?
No. We encourage you to make your specific accommodations request through registration as soon as possible.
What is your policy in regard to service animals or service animals in training?
The ADA defines a service animal as “any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Were the animal not readily apparent as a service animal, staff at the conference may ask the individual if the animal helps to mitigate a disability and what tasks has the animal been trained to perform. We will never require documentation, and a service animal may relieve itself in any of the green areas available on our campus.
Can I bring my emotional support animal to the conference?
No. The only animals allowed on site will be service animals, as other animals may distract service animals from performing their duties. We encourage you to make your specific accommodations request through registration as soon as possible.
What is the smoking, vaping, drinking, and drug policy of UNO campus?
There is no tobacco, vaping, alcohol, or drug usage allowed on UNO campus. The bus stop on Dodge Street (north of MBSC) will be the closest tobacco use area to the conference, though the short incline leading up to it might warrant bringing a friend if you use a manual wheelchair. Be mindful of Nebraska state law regarding substance use.
Who can I contact with questions not listed here?
You may email firstname.lastname@example.org with accessibility questions or concerns. Once you’ve registered for the conference, we will work with you individually based on your requested accommodations. We encourage you to make your specific accommodations request through registration before January 17th, 2018.
Last updated: November 29th, 2017. This FAQ will be updated when more information becomes available.