Accessibility, Support and Safe Space Policies
As part of TASH’s work to ensure ALL are included at the Conference, we have implemented a number of measures to support your participation at the Conference. We know there is a lot happening at the TASH Conference and we are here to help you get exactly the information you need to make an impact in your community!
To get support with the Conference program, visit the TASH Information Desk. A staff member will help you with any questions.
Online Conference Program
TASH publishes the Conference schedule through an interactive website that allows attendees to explore the schedule like never before! Attendees can search the entire conference schedule, all speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and other attendees. Attendees can also personalize their schedule and share it with friends. The Conference schedule is available through any web browser or on the conference app that attendees can download to their mobile phones and use on-site during the conference. We will have free wifi available for all conference attendees. The wifi network name and access key will be posted at the Information Desk.
Large-Print Conference Program
TASH also produces a large-print program. If you need this version, it is available from the TASH Information Desk.
CART Services / ASL Interpreting
Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) and / or American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting is provided when requested by attendees in advance of the Conference. To locate an interpreter you have requested, please report to the TASH Registration Desk, where a volunteer will assist you. CART is automatically provided at the Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions as well as the Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.
Face masks are optional. We ask that you respect people’s decision, whether to wear a mask or to not wear a mask.
No Flash Photography
A number of people with disabilities have co-occurring photosensitive epilepsy. We encourage documenting and sharing your experience at the TASH conference, but it is critically important to the safety of our attendees that you refrain from use of flash photography or any other strobing devices (flashing “ringtones” on your mobile device, rapid cuts or flashing in media in your presentation, etc.). Also, some rapid audio beats can have a similar effect, so if in doubt, do not include such media in presentations.
Some events at the conference will include music, amplified audio or other loud noise. If you have sound sensitivity, noise-cancelling earmuffs are available for loan from the registration desk.
This is a fragrance-free event.
There will be a relaxation room available to attendees that will provide a comfortable, quiet, low-light, calm space where convention attendees can spend time away from noise, lights, and other stimuli of the conference. TASH staff at the information desk can direct you to the relaxation room.
Conference Code of Conduct
TASH is committed to our Conference being conducted in an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, free from harassment, for participants of all physical and intellectual abilities, physical appearances, behavioral support needs, body sizes, races, national origins, gender and trans identities, sexual orientations, ages, family and marital statuses, veteran status, and beliefs, whether religious, political or otherwise. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; disparaging or disrespectful remarks, inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. We ask everyone to be mindful of how you interact with others – and to remember that harassment is not about what you intend, but about how your words or actions are received.
As it is sometimes perceived that a different set of rules apply to the Internet, we also want to remind you that what is said and done online (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, instant messaging) is just as real as what happens in-person.
This policy against harassment is not intended to limit open discussion of the merits of particular work or issues presented at the TASH Conference. People are allowed to disagree with each other. When people disagree, they must treat each other with respect and dignity.
By attending the TASH Conference, you agree to maintain and support our Conference as a harassment-free space. If you feel that someone has harassed you or otherwise treated you inappropriately – or you have witnessed inappropriate or harassing behavior – please alert any member of the TASH staff (identifiable by STAFF badges). If an attendee engages in disrespectful behavior, the Conference staff may take any action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender or requiring the offender to leave the Conference. No refunds will be offered to anyone asked to leave the Conference for disrespectful behavior.
TASH is not responsible for the actions of others. Individuals are responsible for their own actions.
The culture of the TASH Conference is everyone’s responsibility
One of the defining characteristics of the TASH Conference is that everyone contributes to making a welcoming, supportive environment. Please do not let someone in need of support go unassisted; if a need is greater than you can address yourself, please ask for assistance, either from TASH staff or other Conference attendees.
We welcome your feedback, and we thank you for working together to make this an inclusive, enjoyable, and welcoming experience for everyone who participates.
Revised: 14 November 2022