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Accessibility Accommodations

Current Accommodations (2021)

Special Spaces

*NEW* Quiet Room

This year, the AJS is pleased to offer a designated quiet room, within which the lights will be dimmed and we will request no talking or being on phones.

Lactation Room

The AJS is offering a private lactation room available to any nursing parents. The Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk also has nursing rooms in the hotel lobby.

Mobility

The Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk has ADA-compliant hotel rooms available in the AJS room block. There are also rooms close to an elevator available. In order to reserve one of these rooms, please contact the hotel directly.

In all conference program rooms, any aisles will accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility assistance devices.

All rooms with session content will not require any steps for the dais or stage.

Sound

All conference rooms with session content will have at least one microphone. Chairs and moderators should repeat any audience questions in the microphone to ensure hearing.

The AJS is looking into options for closed captioning. Please send any suggestions for apps that attendees can use for live closed captioning to Michelle Katz at mkatz@associationforjewishstudies.org.

Other

Food

The AJS offers kosher food and beverages at all receptions and programs.

Meals are not included with conference registration. There are options to purchase kosher meals either via your registration form or separately in MyAJS.

*NEW* This year, the AJS is also offering kosher-style, vegetarian lunches for Sunday-Tuesday at the conference. These can also be purchased via the conference registration form or separately in MyAJS.

Religious Services Rooms (Jewish)

Conference participants who wish to organize religious services may do so in two rooms dedicated to daily services (traditional and egalitarian). Chicago-area synagogues are listed here.

Request Accommodations

To request accommodations, please indicate your request on the conference registration form (deadline August 31). Requests may also be sent by email to Michelle Katz, Director of Membership and Conference Content at mkatz@associationforjewishstudies.org. All requests, made either through the conference registration form or by email are kept private and reviewed only by Michelle Katz. Typical requests include a pre-conference orientation tour, description of visuals, or wheelchair access to all areas.