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Accessibility Info

Getting (in)to the venue

Affect Conf 2018 will be held at the University of Oregon White Stag Block.

Our venue is on the ground floor, with the entrance at 70 NW Couch St, between NW Naito Pkwy and NW 1st Ave. There is a push button for the door, located on the column to the left.

Curb cutouts are on both NW Naito and NW 1st, though not directly in front of the venue. Portland has a map of disabled parking spots throughout the city, and two of them (one general, one for wheelchair users only) are available on NW Couch St, between NW 2nd and NW 1st (within a block of our venue).

You can also reference our visitor's guide for what’s nearby.

What to expect onsite

  • The conference room and our reserved common areas will have physical access lanes that are at least 3.5-feet wide.
  • Presentations/talks are accompanied by live captioning.
  • All chairs within the conference room are armless.
  • The main restrooms are multi-stall and all-gender, with push button doors. Two single-occupancy restrooms are also available on the 5th floor (accessible through elevators) — please note that these only have door levers and no push buttons.
  • Anyone can reserve a front-row seat or general space for their wheelchair/mobility device.
  • Two ASL interpreters will be present throughout the event.
  • A break / renewal room is available for anyone needing a quiet space to recharge.
  • Service dogs are very welcome.
  • Free childcare services are available, but must be requested in advance (by August 27).
  • Within the conference room, audience members are asked to put away their laptops and focus on the speaker during talks, but if you need it for accessibility/note-taking purposes, just sit towards the side or back of the room if possible. Laptops are more than welcome in other areas.
  • Participants can indicate their comfort level with being photographed and recorded.
  • The Code of Conduct team is reachable both online and in person.
  • Unfortunately, our venue is also a partially public space and is not currently scent-free.

Group Volunteering Half Day venues

The Cascade AIDS Project is at Prism Health on 2236 SE Belmont St (cross street SE 23rd Ave), 2 miles from our conference venue. Prism Health is a one-story ADA-accessible building with restrooms. There is free street parking nearby, with one disabled parking spot on SE 23rd Ave that is next to a curb cutout and venue ramp. A carpool is available from and to our conference venue.

Call to Safety is in a confidential location, about 10 minutes driving distance from our conference venue. Our work hub will be the basement conference room, which is accessible from the sidewalk, though there is a small lip on the ground at the doorway. The basement bathroom doorway is 34.5 inches wide, with a grab rail behind and next to the toilet. Street parking is free nearby, with a spot onsite we can reserve for disabled parking. While our project takes place on one floor, the venue itself is not ADA-accessible and does have stairs between floors. There is a carpool provided.

The PDX Alliance for Self-Care project is at Prosper Portland on 222 NW 5th Ave (between NW Everett and NW Davis St), 0.3 miles from the conference venue. Prosper Portland is ADA-accessible and our group will be on the 6th Floor, accessible via elevator. No parking is available on NW 5th Ave, though there is a disabled spot nearby on NW Davis St, between NW 5th and NW 6th Ave.

Getting in touch

Please feel free to reach out in advance if you have any particular needs or questions.

During the conference, the best way to reach staff will be to either find someone in person at the registration desk or to text us at the number provided in welcome communications and the opening address.