ASHE is committed to offering an accessible learning and socializing environment for our attendees. With the annual conference and related events now virtual, this is new territory for our association and we are striving to make it as inclusive as possible.

Event registrants will have the opportunity to add accessibility requests when they register for the conference on the registration form. If you have specific questions prior to registering, please contact ASHE Conference Coordinator James Hines at

ASHE Staff will contact you within two weeks of registration to follow up on special requests and how to ensure the conference is accessible for you.

ASHE Staff can best meet your needs when notified prior to October 15, 2020 for the annual conference and at least three weeks prior to any other event.

While there may be additional ways in which we can make events accessible for individuals, here are preliminary steps we've taken to expand the accessibility of the conference. We will work with each attendee on a case-by-case basis to ensure we provide resources for an accessible conference:
  • The vrtual conference platform is compatible with screen reader software.  All screen reader software should be set-up on the user's computer prior to logging into the event. 
  • Keynote sessions, the opening and presidential address, and the closing and awards ceremony will be live/closed captioned.
  • Presenters will be asked to upload a copy of their presentation at least one week prior to the presentation. ASHE will provide guidance on how to ensure presentations are able to be read through readers.
  • Attendees can request live captioning for sessions through their registration form. ASHE will contact attendees who request live captioning 2 weeks out from the event to finalize their schedule and ensure a live captioner is provided.
  • Attendees can request an ASL Interpreter for sessions through their registration form. ASHE will contact attendees who request an interpreter 2 weeks out from the event to finalize their schedule and ensure an interpreter is provided.
  • For sessions that are recorded, any attendee can request these to be closed captioned. ASHE will provide closed captioning within 5 business days of the request, but usually within 48 hours.
For other events (e.g., pre-conferences, professional development events), we will work with individuals on a case by case basis to meet accessibility needs.

If you have questions, please contact ASHE Conference Coordinator James Hines at or Executive Director Jason Guilbeau at or (702) 895-2737.