This is an overview of access for the George R. Brown Conference Center and Hilton Americas, where the bulk of conference activities will occur. More detailed information about accessible transportation, accommodations, and hospitality can be found on the website for the Hospitality Committee, in the “CCCC 2016 Accessibility Guide.” If you have even more specific questions about access, you can also email the Committee on Disability Issues Chair: Stephanie Kershbaum (email@example.com).
Both the Conference Center and Hilton Americas are compliant with the Americans with Disability Act and include both braille and visual signage.
The main entrance for the Hilton Americas is located on Lamar street with one large, slowly revolving door and two hinged doors on either side. The secondary entrance is located on the side of the building by the Avenida de Las Americas. The Convention Center has direct access from the Hilton Americas by skywalk on both the second and third floors, as well as by street on the ground level. The current ground-level construction between the Convention Center and the Hilton Americas is expected to be completed by the spring.
Most panels will be held in the second and third floor of the Hilton Americas, which can be accessed via escalators on each floor, or by elevators that open into the main hallway. Hallways leading to the rooms have lowered lighting mounted on the walls. Small to medium sized meeting rooms have beige walls, recessed lighting, and carpeting with a large leaf pattern with a yellow-gold border.
Several other panels will be held on the third floor of the Convention Center. These rooms are large and have bright overhead lighting and carpet with a repeated geometric shape. Noise may be an issue in the lobby areas outside the skywalk, particularly on the second floor where the FedEx and Visitor’s Center are located.
There will be a quiet room provided for conference attendees, in room 230 in Hilton Americas.
There are several restaurants available on the first floor of the Hilton Americas, such as 1600 Bar and Grille and Pappasito’s Cantina, both of which have vegetarian and gluten-free options. There are Starbucks locations on the first floor of the Hilton Americas and just outside the second floor skywalk in the Convention Center.
The CCCC Access table will be located on the fourth floor of the Hilton Americas between the Registration Desk and the escalators closest to the conference center. Volunteers will be available during regular conference hours to offer assistance with mobility and other access issues, including but not limited to helping to solve problems with space, sound, scent, or lighting; helping conference attendees navigate from session to session; and connecting attendees to resources.
We also encourage presenters to consider accessibility in their presentations as much as possible. To help you as you plan your CCCC presentations, posters, and workshops, the Disability Studies SIG has provided resources available at http://disabilityrhetoric.com/access/.
We look forward to an accessible Cs, and we welcome you to Houston!