Accessibility and Access at Spikecon 2019
To the very best of its ability, Spikecon is committed to providing every accommodation that may be required to allow everyone to enjoy the con to the fullest. If you need anything you don’t see mentioned here, Please let us know. We can’t guarantee to meet every request, but we will do our best.
As we expect Spikecon to be smaller than the typical Worldcon, we do not anticipate handling mobility scooter rentals through the con. Rather, we suggest that individual members rent scooters directly from the following local sources:
Red Rock Medical Supply
1880 N 2200 W Suite 40
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Intermountain Orthopedic Care
1435 South State Street
Orem, UT 84097
Wasatch Medical Supply
1366 W 7800 S.
West Jordan, UT 84088
All panels and events will have special parking spaces reserved for mobility scooters.
Accessible Transportation and Hotel Rooms
The Transportation tab on our website, https://spikecon.org/locations/transportation, provides full information about transportation to and from Salt Lake City International Airport, including accessible options. It also provides a link to UTA Paratransit Services.
There is also a link to the Utah Transit Authority website, http://www.rideuta.com/, for train and bus services (Layton is in Davis County), although this is highly detailed and may not provide the general overview you need. Briefly, the accessible midtown trolley travels through downtown Layton every 30 minutes; the trolley is free to everyone (yay!)
There will be special, up-front seating for people with auditory or visual impairments as well as end-of-row seating for those who need them due to mobility impairments or a potential need to leave early. Those who have difficulty standing for long periods will also have preferential access to events where significant lines are anticipated. If you anticipate needing any of these accommodations, please see the Access desk in the Sky Lobby.
Accommodations for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Members
If you anticipate needing ASL interpretation, please let us know at least one week prior to the convention so we can make the necessary arrangements. It will not be financially feasible to provide interpreters for the full duration of the con, but we will do our best to provide them for the events you identify as particularly crucial to your con experience.
Accommodations for Visually Impaired Members
We have put all our Progress Reports online and will put the souvenir program book online after the con. The schedule will be available via Konopas interactive software, available both via the Web and as an app free link for any phone. We anticipate that visually impaired members will have the screen magnifiers/readers needed to fully access these documents. We will also set fonts online in compliance with screen magnification requirements for web access. If there is a problem, please let us know. Large print could be arranged, but with these online alternatives we do not anticipate it will be needed.
We believe that arrangements could be made for Braille publications, if needed. Please let us know at least one month in advance if you require Braille.
Relief from Noise and Bustle
Some people need occasional relief from the crowds and confusion of regular con spaces. For anyone who feels the need, there will be a library-like Quiet Room (Hilton Garden Inn hotel room) on the first floor near the con suite. A staff member will drop in occasionally to make sure there are no problems. Rules for the room will be posted on site.
Service animals are welcome at Spikecon! In compliance with ADA law, service animals must be dogs or in some cases miniature horses who are trained to perform a task to mitigate their handler’s disability. Service animals in training are allowed, as long as they are on-task and do not interfere with the work of any other service animal.
For anyone curious about service animals and/or emotional support animals and the guidelines, Jessica Douglas has written an excerpt on how to handle inviting service animals to an event called Service Animals 101 for Conventions.