ELSIcon2024 Accessibility

ELSIcon2024: The 6th ELSI Congress Logo with title "Reimagining the Benefits of Genomic Science"

The organizing committee is committed to providing an outstanding experience for all participants at ELSIcon2024. We strive to appropriately plan for access to all activities to the fullest extent possible and facilitate connection to Columbia Disability Services as needed. Contact us at info@elsicon2024.org or complete the accessibility prompts during the registration process for individualized support.

Planning Information

Communication Support

Arrangements for interpreters and CART captioning require advanced planning with Disability Services. Please complete this request form by March 15, 2024. ASL interepretors will be available for all plenary sessions, and professional captioners will be available for all virtual sessions via Zoom. Sessions with ASL interpretation will be indicated on the conference schedule. 

Early Access to Slide Presentations

If you would like copies of presenters' slides, contact us with a copy of your schedule by May 15, 2024. We will work with presenters to provide slides in advance; however, we cannot guarentee their delivery. 

Large Print Materials and Amplification Devices

To reserve amplification devices and/or large print materials distributed by Congress organizers, please complete the accessibility prompts during the registration process.

Priority Seats

To reserve front row seats, contact us with a copy of your schedule by May 15, 2024.

Dietary Restrictions

If attending in-person, please indicate food restrictions and allergies during the registration process.

Personal Aide

Contact us by May 15, 2024 to register your personal aide as a complimentary guest should they be required to help navigate the Congress in person.

Service Animals

ELSIcon2024 organizers are working with Columbia Disability Services on the process for registering service animals on the Morningside campus. Please check back here for the latest updates.

On-site Information

Campus Wheelchair Access

ELSIcon2024 organizers are ensuring campus rooms that will be used during the Congress are wheelchair accessible. More information will be provided here as the Congress develops. You can access the Morningside Disability Access Map by clicking here. To arrange disability access or accommodations, we can help you get in contact with Disability Services. Please contact us by May 15, 2024.

Lactation Rooms

Lactation rooms on the Morningside campus are indicated on this page. Access may be provided by a keypad code. Please contact the Columbia Office of Work/Life at worklife@columbia.edu or call 212-854-8019 to request a keypad code at least five days in advance of the Congress.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Gender neutral bathrooms on the Morningside campus are indicated on this page.

Prayer and Meditation Spaces

Please visit this page to learn about sites available on the Morningside campus for prayer and meditation. You can contact religiouslife@columbia.edu for further information or additional needs.

External Resources

Mobility Rentals

NYC Mobility Rentals is a city-wide, short-term mobility and medical equipment provider that delivers and picks up equipment from your hotel or residence. For questions, please email nycmobilityrentals@gmail.com or call 718-682-6938. Please note: Columbia University is not affiliated with NYC Mobility Rentals.

Barnard Childcare Service

Students of Barnard College use Handshake to find and apply to independent contractor jobs. Families interested in posting babysitting or childcare jobs on Handshake can view instructions here. Please contact beyondbarnard@barnard.edu with any questions or call their office at 212-854-2033.

Information for Presenters

Slide Guide

To aid in accessibility, ELSIcon2024 organizers may request you provide your slide presentation in advance of your session. Please prepare your slides so that the format follows accessibility guidelines. All slides should use a minimum main body font size of 24 points and utilize recommended fonts such as Palatino, Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, and Helvetica. Please consult your institution’s guide or see the Stanford Office of Digital Accessibility’s Guide on Accessible PowerPoint Presentations, which includes information on formatting including alt-text, hyperlinks, images/tables, colors, and more. Key points from the guide can be viewed here.

In-person Accommodations

If you require accommodations to present, such as a wheelchair accessible stage, lowered podium, or assistance advancing slides, please complete the accessibility prompts during the registration process or contact us by May 15, 2024.


From Hotel Belleclaire or The Lucerne to the Morningside Campus

  • Bus: Take the M104 from Broadway/77th St or Broadway/79th Street to Broadway/113th St. Estimated travel time: 30 minutes.
  • Accessible Subway Stations:
    • The 72th St and 96th St stations on the 1 train are designated accessible stations.
  • Columbia Community Shuttle:
    • Columbia University provides a free shuttle bus service for qualifying individuals via the ADA-accessible Intercampus Shuttle connecting 96th St with the Morningside campus. 
    • Acceptable forms of ID include an Access-A-Ride ID Card, Medicare Health Insurance Card, and a Metrocard for Senior Citizens or People with Disabilities.
  • Walking: Approximately 40 minutes.
  • Cab and Car Service: Approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on traffic. 

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For any questions or concerns about accessibility at ELSIcon2024, please email us at any time at info@elsicon2024.org.