Accessibility Policy

AnimeIowa is dedicated to ensuring that all of our attendees are able to enjoy our convention to the fullest extent possible. To that end, we have taken the following steps to universal design. Please feel welcome to contact us at accessibility@animeiowa.com if you have any needs that are not currently being met, and we will do our best to make sure your convention experience is fulfilling.

 

  • Vision:
    • A limited run of large-print program books and other printed material will be available at the Info Desk for people with low vision
    • AnimeIowa has purchased the Guidebook app for use on mobile devices, which will be available for free download
    • Which anime is shown dubbed or in original Japanese will be marked on the video schedule
  • Mobility:
    • Attendees with mobility issues will be allowed into the Dealer’s Room at the same time as Sponsors and Staffers, which is half an hour before general attendee access
    • Attendees with mobility issues can contact us ahead of time via accessibility@animeiowa.com to arrange to skip the line to pick up their badge at the Registration Help Desk rather than waiting in line
    • Wheelchair spaces have been blocked out in each program room to allow space for wheelchair users to sit
    • A changing station will be set up in Cosplay Central for cosplayers to change their costumes in instead of handicap access stalls; additionally, signs will be placed outside public restrooms to alert cosplayers to the existence of the changing room
    • Attendees will be notified at Opening Ceremonies where the stairs are, so that those who wish to use them can successfully locate them and potentially free up elevator space for those who need it
    • Mobility Passes will be issued on site to attendees with mobility problems; anyone else who requests a Mobility Pass will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. These passes will allow the bearer and one other person, PCA or otherwise, to skip any and all lines managed by AnimeIowa, as well as early access to panel rooms. Mobility Passes will be marked with the holder’s badge number and are non-transferable. They can be requested ahead of time via e-mail to accessibility@animeiowa.com, and picked up with the attendee’s badge. If required, they can also be issued on site.

 

 

  • Equipment and Assistants:
    • Equipment required by attendees to attend the convention does not need to be peace marked
    • Those attendees who need Personal Care Assistants in order to attend the convention are encouraged to contact the Registration Department (registration@animeiowa.com) and/or the Accessibility Department (accessibility@animeiowa.com), either prior to the convention or on-site at the Registration Help Desk; PCAs are subject to the same rules and will use the same badge-type as children ages four and under
    • AnimeIowa welcomes service animals; attendees will be asked at Opening Ceremonies to approach the human handler for permission before interacting with service animals
  • Hearing:
    • Signs to encourage panelists to use the microphone will be available at the Info Desk
    • Attendees will be asked at Opening Ceremonies to use the microphone when hosting panels and given quick guidelines on how
    • Which anime is shown with subtitles or without will be marked on the video schedule
  • Volunteering:
    • AnimeIowa provides a number of fantastic prizes for volunteers and is virtually always in need of more help. To that end, we endeavor to make volunteering an option for all attendees:
      • People with low vision can volunteer at Peace Marking, where large-print copies of the prop/weapons policy will be available for you to follow along with attendees
      • People with limited mobility can volunteer anywhere seating is available! This includes, but is not limited to: Badging, Registration, and Info Desk
      • Deaf/deaf/hard of hearing people can check badges
    • Allergies and Immune Responses:
      • Ingredient lists for all foods provided in the Consweet will be available online and at the Info Desk
      • Gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and other foods required for specific dietary needs will be provided in the Consweet and labeled as such
      • Foods in the Consweet that include the eight most common allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish) will be labeled as such
      • A list of near-by restaurants will be available at the Info Desk
      • Hand sanitizer is available for use in the Consweet, Recharge Room, and at all water stations
      • Sharp disposal units can be found in all public restrooms for those who need to medicate with injections
    • General:
      • For attendees who get migraines or overstimulation issues, AnimeIowa runs a Quiet Room. Keys are available for checkout at the Bridge; rules for its use will be available both there and in the room itself. Please be respectful of the Quiet Room and the needs of those who visit it!
      • During its open hours, the Quiet Room’s restroom can be used as a unisex restroom and nursing room

 

AnimeIowa’s Accessibility Initiative is truly only getting started, and much work remains to be done. We would also appreciate input from any attendees or potential attendees regarding what would make our convention more welcoming. If you have any suggestions or constructive criticism to offer, please contact us at accessibility@animeiowa.com. AnimeIowa will also have surveys available to fill out for you to share your opinions with us.