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Arisia is in a new hotel this year. We hope to alleviate the problems we have had with elevators and hallway congestion. An increase in space means that events are more spread out than they have been in previous years, and much more walking will be required. There are a number of places to sit and rest in the hallways in large corridor in front of the ballrooms, outside the panel rooms and in the main lobby of the hotel, but we recommend that if you use mobility aids, bring them to the convention. The hotel has 2 or 3 rental scooters, but we strongly recommend that anyone interested make arrangements ahead of time. The business center at the Westin hotel rents them for $50 a day.
You can use their website to reserve a scooter in advance.

As with part 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 a service animal unless invited to do so by their owner.

If you have any questions about accessibility, would like to request some sort of accommodation, send an email message to: [email protected]. We'll try our best to accommodate your disability.

Event TimeRoomEvent NameGoH/PerformerService Offered
Fri 6:30 PMHancockMad Scientists in AnimeShaenon GarrityCART
Fri 7:00 PMGrand Ballroom ABFaebotica Concert (2hr)FaeboticaFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Fri 8:00 PMCarltonFlirting with the Mainstream: Paranormal RomanceKelley ArmstrongCART
Fri 9:00 PMCommonwealth CHallucinating Shakespeare Michael AndersonFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Fri 9:00 PMGrand Ballroom DEPresenting Josh SimpsonJosh SimpsonCART
Fri 10:00 PMGrand Ballroom ABDr Who Starship of Madness Radio PlayPost-Meridian Radio PlayersFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sat 10:00 amCommonwealth CHallucinating Shakespeare Michael AndersonFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sat 11:00 AMBurroughsIntroducing Kelley ArmstrongKelley ArmstrongCART
Sat 12:00 PMCommonwealth CSassafrass and Stranger Ways Concert (2 hr)Sassafrass and Stranger WaysFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sat 3:30 PMHancockThe Best International Comics René WallingASL
Sat 5:00 PMCommonwealth CComing Out (panel) (1 hr) FM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sat 6:30 PMGriffinBrainstorming Josh SimpsonJosh SimpsonASL
Sat 8:00 pmGrand Ballroom ABArisia Masquerade (3 hr)Costumers!ASL and ALD Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sat 9:30 AMHancockGreat Science Fiction and Fantasy MangaRené Walling and Shenon GarrityASL
Sun 10:00 AMOtis The Questor Tapes (movie) (1hr 40 min)NAClose captioned
Sun 12:00 NoonCommonwealth CThe Subs ConcertThe Subs (Rebecca Angel)FM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sun 3:30 PMCommonwealth CCarl Brandon Society Awards CeremonyRené WallingCART
Sun 7:00 PMGrand Ballroom AB2010 Our Hideous Future (Musical) (2hr)PlayersFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sun 7:00 PMCommonwealth CPsyche Corp. ConcertPsyche CorporationFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)
Sun 8:00 PMCommonwealth CGoli Concert (1hr)GoliFM Transmitters (Assisted Listening)

If you have ideas about how we might improve Access Services in 2011, or would like to volunteer to help, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected].

Arisia is committed to being a diverse and inclusive event which attempts to provide accommodation for people with disabilities.