2021 Symposium Accessibility

View the ISCS21 Agenda at a Glancefor screen readers

View the ISCS 21 Platform User Guide

The Symposium aims to meaningfully include:

  • Disabled attendees with visual, oral, cognitive, or motor impairments that affect how they interface with computers, pre-conference content, and digital conference platforms
  • Attendees with caregiving responsibilities
  • Attendees in different time zones
  • Attendees without material institutional support (i.e., funding)

To these ends, the Symposium had ASL interpreters and auto-captioning for keynote talks and automated captioning at most events. As part of the registration process, attendees were asked to indicate requests for live captioning and/or ASL interpreting.

All speakers were expected to make their presentations as accessible as possible. This includes speaker-provided closed captioning for pre-recorded presentations, verbal descriptions of images during recorded and live presentations, and a high-contrast color scheme for slides. For more information on how to make your presentation accessible, see the excellent guidance provided by Composing Access.

Send a note to symposium@metcalfinstitute.org to request a 2021 ISCS Presenter Guidance PDF.

A tip sheet was available for all Symposium participants in advance to explain the use of our conference platform, vFairs, to ensure the most beneficial experience.

Symposium programming began at 11:00 a.m. and conclude by 6:45 p.m. EDT to make the timing more manageable for attendees across time zones.

All keynote lectures were recorded and archived on the Metcalf Institute YouTube channel.

Some on-demand content was available on the symposium platform and viewable before attendees joined those sessions. 

The symposium platform will remain live and available to registrants until November 16.

*We have gratefully borrowed much of the language above from the guidance written by Dr. Lauren Cagle for the ARSTM@NCA 2020 Virtual Pre-Conference on Social Justice.