Accessibility

ETRA 2020 is committed to providing an inclusive environment and we will do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance. This page describes the accessibility features of ETRA 2020, to help you make an informed decision about whether the conference will be accessible to you.
Please contact us if your question is not answered here, or if the conference arrangements as described are not enough to allow you to attend. We will work with you to the best of our ability, to make the conference accessible.

Accessibility FAQs

The Accessibility Chair for ETRA 2020 is Christoph Strauch, whose goal is to ensure the conference is accessible to everyone. When you register for the conference, there will be a registration question labeled "Do you have a disability or special need which requires our awareness?".
In your response, please indicate any accessibility needs, such as wheelchair access, sign language interpretation, or a guide. The Accessibility Chair will follow up with you to clarify your needs. You can contact them directly at any time by emailing christoph.strauch@uni-ulm.de.

More information about accessibility at University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 47, Stuttgart is available on their accessibility information page.

The conference will provide a team of sign language interpreters or captioners if requested by any attendees during the early registration period. Please make your request as early as possible. Our Accessibility Chair will follow up with you to discuss your needs in more detail.
After the early registration deadline, a best effort will be made to accommodate requests, but we cannot guarantee that interpreters or captioners will be available.

From STUTTGART AIRPORT (STR), the easiest way to get to the University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 47, Stuttgart is dependent on your needs. Fast options include public railway (S-Bahn) and taxi. Recommended options for getting to the conference include:

S-Bahn

  • Route: The conference building is located at the main campus of University of Stuttgart, in Stuttgart Vaihingen. The closest S-Bahn station is called Universität which is approximatly 5 minutes from the building. The Campus Vaihingen of the University of Stuttgart is approx. 8 km from Stuttgart city center or 12 min by S-Bahn.
Moreover, there is a direct S-Bahn connection from Stuttgart central station (S-Bahn S1/S2/S3, approx. 15 min) and Stuttgart airport (S-Bahn S2/S3, approx. 20 min) to Campus Vaihingen.
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  • Wheelchair accessibility: Please check directly with the vendor
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  • Service animals: Please check directly with the vendor
  • Book: Please check directly with the vendor

Student volunteers will be available to assist attendees with disabilities with navigation, meal service, or other accessibility needs. If you will need volunteer assistance at the conference, please indicate this on your conference registration form. Attendees who require personal care assistance should bring their own assistant.
Personal care assistants do not need to register for the conference. If the assistant will be having food and drink provided by the conference during coffee/tea breaks, lunches, and/or the reception, we ask that these be added into the attendee's registration at the 'extra options' stage of the registration process.

We are still working on a description of the conference space. The conference will be taking place on the groundfloor level of Universität Stuttgart ETI Hörsaalzentrum, Pfaffenwaldring 47, Stuttgart
We are still working on an evacuation plan for attendees with mobility limitations.

Wheelchair users will face challenges attending ETRA 2020. The venue is partly wheelchair accessible. Only the ascent Universitätszentrum has an elevator and is generally wheelchair accessible, automatic doors are available. Stairs in the foyer are equipped with ramps for wheelchairs. We do not at this time have a ramp on to the stage. If you are a presenter who uses a wheelchair, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements.
After the early registration deadline we cannot guarantee to be able to provide a ramp. Poster sessions will have space for a wheelchair to move between the posters. We are still working on an evacuation plan for attendees with mobility limitations. We are still gathering information on wheelchair access to the offsite events. Please contact us directly with any questions.

Accessible restrooms may be found in the basement, which may be reached via elevator.

We are still working on the stage design. We do not at this time have a ramp on to the stage. If you are a presenter who uses a wheelchair, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements. After the early registration deadline we cannot guarantee to be able to provide a ramp.
Poster sessions will have space for a wheelchair to move between the posters. If you would like a student volunteer to operate slides or guide you onto and off the stage, or have other accessibility requests please contact Christoph Strauch.

Yes! Guide dogs and other service animals are welcome at ETRA 2020. However, we cannot provide a pet relief area.
Please indicate on your registration form if you anticipate bringing a service animal to the conference.

We are sorry, but ETRA 2020 will not be able to accommodate remote attendance by robot.

We are still working on our description of the walking demands of the conference. We are still gathering information on walking demands of the offsite events.
Please contact Christoph Strauch as early as possible if you have further questions or special requests.

Unfortunately, we have no loop induction areas at the venue.

Yes, microphones will be used for all speakers. Attendees with questions will be requested to use a microphone so that their question is more easily heard.

The conference will provide buffet lunches and refreshments at breaks. Further information will follow later at this place. Dishes will be labeled.
If you have special dietary needs, please indicate these clearly on your registration form.

Yes. Attendees who indicate special dietary requirements on their registration form will be provided with special meals when the conference catering does not accommodate them.
If you have a severe allergy please indicate this on your registration form.

The entire conference venue is a no-smoking area. Smoking is allowed outside the building.

We are still gathering information on sensory demands of the offsite events and availability of quiet places.
Please contact Christoph Strauch as early as possible if you have further questions or special requests.

We hope to be able to provide a quiet space at the conference but are still checking on availability.
Please contact us if you are planning to attend the conference and may need such a space.

In case of emergency call 112 for an ambulance. Several hospitals are available in the city center, at about 8km from the venue. If you require non-urgent medical care, please contact Christoph Strauch or ask any student volunteer.
They will provide you with information about local doctors, specialists, chiropractors, etc. For non-resident attendees, buying travel insurance that covers medical expenses is strongly recommended as fees for emergency treatment can be very high.


This FAQ has been generated using the Accessibility FAQ Generator tool provided by ACM SIGACCESS. Event organizers are welcome to modify and reuse this template for other events. Please contact SIGACCESS for more information.