Arisia is committed to being a diverse and inclusive event that
attempts to provide accommodation for people with disabilities.
Arisia has the following services for attendees, available by
- Alternative format publications: electronic text, Braille and
large-format versions of publications
- ASL interpreters (by request) and CART services for Masquerade
- Priority seating for persons with disabilities
- Tactile tour of the Art Show
- Free memberships for PCAs (Personal Care Assistants--also
called “Adult-in-tow memberships”)
If you cannot stand for long periods of time and need to bypass
event lines (like for Masquerade) or if you need priority seating
for large events due to mobility, sight or hearing, see the
Information Desk for a sticker for the back of your badge. You may
also email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you have any questions about accessibility or if you would like
to request some sort of accommodation, please send an email message
to email@example.com. We'll try our best to accommodate your needs.
We expect hotel reservations to open in early September.
If you need a particular type of hotel room (such as low floor or a bathroom with grab bars) or need something specific, like one of the Westin’s manual wheelchairs, we will have a Special Request form for you to fill out, once you have your reservation. (You will need a confirmation number)
There is more information on our Hotel page.
This year we will have a Quiet Room in the Westin again, a space to take a break
from the noise and chaos of the con and those omnipresent
fluorescent lights. The room will be very simply furnished.
To help people with allergies, we are going to ask that this be a
food free space. This space will also have a gender-free restroom.
Arisia makes full use of the hotel facilities. Events are spread
out, and a significant amount of walking will be required. There are
a number of places to sit and rest in the hallways, in large
corridors outside the ballrooms, near the panel rooms, and in the
main lobby of the hotel. However, we recommend that if you use
mobility aids, you should bring them or arrange a rental for the
The hotel does have some manual wheel “push” wheelchairs available
by request (through the innkeeper). The hotel also has 2-3 rental
scooters, but we strongly recommend that anyone interested make
arrangements well ahead of time.
Contact Penfield’s Business Center
Phone: (617) 532-4635
As with past years, Arisia is happy to welcome attendees with
service animals. People with allergies should note that we expect a
number of attendees with dogs, so they should medicate accordingly.
We also ask that everyone respect the working animals and give them
appropriate space. Please do not pet or otherwise distract service
animals unless invited to do so by their owners.
We will be offering priority seating at large events for attendees who need it. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in signing up, or see the Information Desk in the lobby during the convention.
Assistive Listening Devices are available for some events in the Marina Ballrooms. There will be a list posted at the convention!
If you have ideas about how we might improve Access Services, or if you would like to volunteer to help, we would love to
hear from you. Please email email@example.com.