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If you have a special physical or communication need that may impact your participation in this meeting, please contact Carrie Mehrhoff,, to specify your special need. While every effort will be made to meet attendees' needs, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodations in response to requests received after November 18, 2011. We work to make sure your experience will be a pleasant and accessible one. Here are features we have put in place to make sure the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting is accessible to all:

-- We caption our main sessions, e.g., President's Program, Membership Meeting, Council Meetings, and others as requested by organizers. The captioning is available on a one-on-one basis when the captioner is not working at sessions mentioned above. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and require at least one day's notice.

-- We have accessible rooms in our hotel block. There are rooms for the deaf, blind and attendees in wheelchairs. Please fill out the housing form and check the appropriate box. An Experient representative will contact you to make sure you are placed in an appropriate room.

-- Service animals of all kinds are welcome throughout the ALA Meeting.

-- Listening devices are available for those who are hard of hearing. You must give advance notice to Carrie Mehrhoff,, or by letter at ALA, 50 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611.

-- Our shuttle bus company has accessible buses. Instructions on how to obtain rides will be available in each hotel, in the convention center on site, and in the onsite newspaper, Cognotes.

-- Based upon availability in each city, we maintain a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters on a first come, first served basis. Please reserve your scooter or wheelchair by emailing Carrie Mehrhoff,, or by letter at ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago IL 60611 by November 18, 2011. Phone calls will not be accepted.

-- Interpreters are no longer requested for meetings in general. They must be requested by the deaf member for meetings he or she needs interpreted. To use the service, send a list of required interpreter meetings to Carrie Mehrhoff,, by November 18, 2011.

-- Two interpreters will also be on call in the Conference Services Office in the Dallas Convention Center Saturday-Monday for last-minute requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

-- If you have any other requests not mentioned above that ALA can reasonably provide, please contact Carrie Mehrhoff, cmehrhoff[R], by November 18, 2011, and we will help you have a most accessible meeting.


Wheeled carts are not allowed on the Exhibit Floor at any time - they are a trip hazard on the busy floor. This includes carts, briefcases with wheels-any wheeled cart or bag that must be pushed or pulled. Strollers are only allowed if there is a child in them at all times. A bag/coat check is available in the convention center for these bags.


ALA will reimburse the charges expended on childcare in the amount of $25 per day, per child to a maximum of $50 per day, per family to any fully registered parent for each day of the Midwinter Meeting week, January 20-24, 2012. This covers only childcare in the parent's hotel room or other residence in the meeting city (Dallas) and does not include charges for children's food and transportation or gratuities and transportation for the sitter. …

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