Capacities for vision, hearing and sustained interaction in large crowds vary between people, and wax and wane for each of us from hour to hour and over the course of our lives. Conference participants are encouraged to follow these common accessibility guidelines, so as to make their presentation and other activities within the conference as accessible as possible. Besides ensuring all colleagues are equally supported in their desire to participate, maximizing the accessibility of presentations and discussions helps reach a wider academic audience.
Recognising the diversity of experiences, we accept that you may need to interpret/ignore these guidelines, in interest of your own health.
When registering for the conference, whether face-to-face (F2F) or virtual, please state any accessibility needs/requests in the registration form, so we can follow-up and work toward making conferences more welcoming to scholars with disabilities (and host universities more aware of accessibility issues).
If you need assistance during the conference, please contact NomadIT in advance; during the event please come to the registration desk or NomadIT office. Our contact details are always provided in our final email to delegates prior to the conference. We will do our best to assist delegates on-site, however we may not be able to provide all services or equipment due to availability or the time required to obtain them.
If a safety or other concern arises during the conference, please inform the NomadIT team as soon as possible.
The conference venues are wheelchair accessible and equipped with signs that guide you in the right direction. Wheelchair entrances are marked with a red arrow on the campus map inside the conference programme. If there are any areas which are inaccessible we will make that clear in pre-conference communication with a view to planning how to deal with these limitations.
At each conference we will try to provide an identifiable ‘Quiet space’. Such rooms are meant for delegates requiring some peace and quiet, so please do not use them for other purposes. The Quiet space is not intended as a place to work in.
This room is meant to be used by breastfeeding mothers and/or parents who need private space for taking care of toddlers/kids.
A prayer room is available.
Convenors can greatly influence the behavior of panelists and help make a session as accessible as possible:
1. When beginning a session, please share the following information aloud with audience members
2. Notify participants if you plan to record (ahead of time) - see our recording policy.
3. Pause regularly to ensure all (remote) attendees have a chance to speak; check for questions across both chat and audio channels.
4. Establish a procedure for turn-taking and questions at the beginning of the session, and clearly inform all participants of the procedure. Ensure this includes options that are accessible to those using captioning, translation services or screen readers.
A presentation created with universal design principles considers a broad range of audience members, including those with varying language proficiencies, gender, racial and ethnic background, age, and disability status. Applying universal design principles can lead to a presentation that creates better comprehension, as well as better feedback and discussion. These recommendations are especially important for presentations online where the audience are utilising a range of screen sizes.
If you wish to provide handouts, they should be 16- to 18-point font size. Bring with you a few print copies and a digital copy (and/or provide the URL of where a delegate could locate this). Feel free to add a disclaimer: "Please do not distribute without the expressed permission of the author" and include your name and contact information.
If utilising video in your presentation, where possible, use videos with captions to ensure that all audience members can engage with the content shared through the video.
You can record your presentation and then either type in the captions or use a service offering captioning, (of which Otter.ai is both free and very capable) to generate a transcript you can edit. Then enter these into your video editing software; or upload your video to YouTube and either use the automatic closed captioning there (which can be manually edited) or then through the Subtitles menu, upload your transcript and YouTube will apply the relevant timings - see this instructional video.
Provision of an alternative presentation model (for example prerecorded and captioned, large font printouts/file etc) besides the more common PowerPoint presentation is appreciated by people for many reasons, including language fluency, learning style, and personal preference. Please consider making this available for delegates. Remember recorded presentations on YouTube/Vimeo can be made available (embedded) on the panel/paper page of the website.
This website has been designed to be accessible to the widest possible number of users, including people with disabilities.
Access keys are used throughout this site. We have followed web standards and these pages have an access key assigned to it.1Home page
Different browsers use different keystroke combinations to activate access key shortcuts:
The links and pop-up menus on this site can be traversed using the Tab key or to go to the previous link use Shift+Tab. The highlighted link can then be opened using the Enter key.
There are many other keyboard shortcuts which you can use when browsing the web, such as Alt+◀ to go back to the previous page. Others are listed here.
The site is designed so that it displays well even with very large text. You can adjust the text size of your web browser:
Or set the preferred size in your browser's options.