Disabled Convention Guide
Disclaimer: This guide will be updated over time, this doesn't account for all disabilities but I'll do my best! Thanks!
Picking a convention:
- Check if the convention has an accessibility page and check if they have any accommodations you'd need so you can participate at the convention fully. You deserve to enjoy a convention like anyone else.
- If they either don't have an accessibility page or you need more information, email the convention asking about which accommodations are available. If you need an accommodation, a good convention would do it's best to make it happen.
- You don't need to divulge your medical history for them to give you accommodations. Your medical information isn't protected if you divulge it to them. I know this from experience.
- If they don't believe your disabilities or won't attempt to accommodate you, that's a clear sign not to support that convention.
- Choose a convention that you'll feel safe and accommodated going to.
- Some convention have accessibility teams that can help you if you need.
- You can request to be on the main floor/first floor.
- Preferably choose an hotel that's closest to the convention. Preferably the hotel the convention is at.
- If you choose an hotel that's far from the con, save up money in case you'll need a ride back and forth from the convention.
- You can request accommodations like a room that's set up for wheelchair users. So they'd have a wheelchair friendly bathroom.
- You can request a specific type of room to accommodate yourself. You don't need to go into detail about your disability.
Covid & Other illness Precautions:
- Please wear a well fitted N95 or equivalent mask.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Bring hand sanitizer and spare masks.
- You should be wearing a new mask everyday of the con.
- Avoid eating in public inside areas, it's better to eat in your hotel room or outside non crowded spaces.
- A lot of conventions will have wheelchair rentals
- You can usually rent a mobility aid ahead of time instead of risking yours getting damaged during the flight.
- Always bring more money than you think you'll need, in case of emergencies.
- Make sure to bring your health care cards, insurance cards and etc. In case of an emergency.
- You'll have a much better convention experience if you go with good friends or care person that are aware of your health and limitations. That is open to listen to you if you need to rest or eat or whatever.
- Make sure to take frequent breaks even if you don't think you need them.
- Make sure to eat and drink (there are are sip mask valves that allow you to drink even while masked and protected).
After the convention:
- Make sure to isolate and test for covid starting a few days after the convention.
- If you feel unwell even if you test negative for covid, continue to isolate.
- Regardless, rest more than usual for the next 2 weeks after going to the convention.