One of the reasons Universal #fancon was created was to make sure every person who was a fan would be able to experience an amazing event without hindrance. Here are just 20 ways we are staying true to that commitment. To purchase tickets for the event, visit www.universalfancon.c0m.
- Professional development diversity and sensitivity guide and training for all FanCon staff and volunteers, including service animal etiquette, privacy language/ terminology/approach, services available, non-apparent disability considerations and sensitivity, logistics, services (i.e., wheelchair rentals, etc.).
- Physical/logistical layout considerations (single flow and double flow lane
minimum widths, ramps, etc.).
- Panelist and moderator education.
- Accessibility Passes & Discounted Ticketing.
- Line Policy: laminated number cards for designated areas.
- ASL interpreters (upon panel request up to 14 days in advance).
- Quiet Room (Hotel suite availability).
- “No flash photo” stickers to place on individual passes, when requested.
- Con, access information and dedicated staff readily available (Info desk).
- Chairs and benches for resting.
- Communication badges.
- Designated seating areas for people who need to be near the front for ASL-designated events or other disability-related needs.
- Spaces for wheelchair users in the front and various rows in all rooms.
- Consideration for Materials in Braille (upon request and based on need).
- Priority is to have all visual media (films, videos) featured at FanCon to have captions or text transcripts.
- Real-time captioning for selected FanCon events.
- Elevator Priority (Sample wording: “Did you know? This elevator is necessary for those with disabilities and other needs to get around the convention. If you are able, please consider taking the stairs or escalator nearby. This helps us keep the convention accessible for all!” This protects those with non-apparent disabilities
from being discriminated against, as well as allows parents with strollers to use the elevators, but also encourages attendees to self-police their usage.
- Accessible & Gender-neutral Bathrooms.
- Caregiver Considerations, such as special passes, gender-neutral bathrooms
(for changing older kids or adults, handling catheter tubes, or accommodating
those with caregivers of a different gender), and more.
- Security & Personal Safety: zero tolerance policy for bullying, etc.