At Models of Pride, we are committed to a conference that is as inclusive and accessible as possible. Each year, we strive to make the event better than the last, but we can’t do it alone. Join us in centering the needs of disabled LGBTQ+ youth and their allies at Models of Pride and in your community.
Before the Conference
When registering for the conference online, please indicate any accommodations you may need in order to make the most of Models of Pride. We will do our best to work with you. Requests should be made as soon as possible but no less than three weeks prior to the conference.
During the Conference
Please stop by the Info Tent to:
- Access large print programs
- View a large print grid schedule of events
- Meet with your ASL interpreters or other language translators (staff will confirm based on registration info submitted)
If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by the Info Booth in the Main Plaza.
Accessibility Guidelines at Models of Pride:
- Keep hallways clear. Crowding, blocking passageways, etc., can make it difficult for folks to fully enjoy the conference.
- If you’re able, hold doors open for others.
- Various seating arrangements will be prioritized throughout the day. Please leave them open for folks who need them.
- Don’t interfere with service animals. Service animals are working and need to focus. They are not pets.
- Refrain from wearing unnecessarily scented products. While Models of Pride is not a scent-free space, you can help by limiting the use of scented products (e.g. lotions, fragrances, hair products, etc.)
- Use respectful language. Help us destigmatize disability—visible and invisible alike—by using appropriate language when talking about physical limitations, mental health, etc.
- If you don’t need an accessible bathroom stall, please use it last.
- Don’t assume. Think someone may need assistance? Ask first. Please also recognize that not all disabilities are visible. Support folks in accessing whatever accessible features they need.
- If you are offered a mic in a workshop, use it. Support folks who may have limited hearing.
- If you’re speaking to someone using an interpreter, speak to the individual rather than the interpreter (e.g. ASL interpreter)
- We’re limiting our use of flashing lights, strobes, etc. Help us do the same by limiting flash photography.
- LACC is a non-smoking campus. We’re limiting our use of smoke/fog machines, and we ask that you respect the space by not smoking, vaping, etc.
- Support accountability. Help your friends be mindful of accessibility too!
If you need someone safe to talk to, feel free to approach our volunteers wearing the logo to the left, who are mental health professionals. Approachables will be in workshops and around campus all day, so feel free to reach out!
Pause for Paws
Therapy dogs will be present for those who’d like to engage with some furry friends. Present during the 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. time of the day in the Main Plaza, these dogs are excited to make your acquaintance!