Accessibility

The ACPA19 Planning Team is committed to the creation of a convention experience that is accessible to all attendees. Throughout your registration and convention experience, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have difficulty accessing any portions of the convention, experience website incompatibility with adaptive technology, or have suggestions on how we can make this convention more accessible.

Accessibility information about Boston, our hotels, and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center can be found in the ACPA19 Accessibility Guide { coming soon }

If you have further questions about accessibility at Convention, please contact Mike Kutnak, the ACPA19 Access Coordinator.

Convention Experience

• Sign Language Interpreters will be available upon request. Please note this in your Convention registration, or contact Tricia Fechter Gates to modify your convention registration.

• Large Print program books are available upon request. Please note this in your Convention registration, or contact Tricia Fechter Gates to modify your convention registration.

• Universal design refers to a broad spectrum of ideas meant to produce environments that are inherently accessible.

• Universal design aspects of the ACPA Annual Convention include registration counters and stages/presentation spaces

• Check out these valuable tips for things you can do to ensure access: Equity & Inclusion Committee website

Culture and Language

From “Boston: Measuring Diversity in a Changing City,” a report by the City of Boston – Boston Redevelopment Authority.

“Over the last four decades, Boston has become a much more racially and ethnically diverse place. In 1970, close to 70% of Boston’s population was white. Today, whites comprise only 47% of the city’s population, making Boston a ‘majority-minority’ city for the second consecutive Census. In addition, the Research Division of the Boston Redevelopment Authority found that most of Boston’s neighborhoods experienced some level of increased racial and ethnic heterogeneity between 2000 and 2010…

… Overall, diversity (the degree of heterogeneity) in Boston, appears to have increased over the last decade. Much of that change can be attributed to the city’s strong and well-balanced economy, long history of immigration, neighborhood redevelopment, and affordable housing construction – a history that was purposefully framed through local and state policies. ” (Source Link)

Language

English is the primary language spoken in Boston. A high number of residents also speak Spanish (13.61%), French Creole (3.49%), Chinese (2.55%) and Portuguese (2.25%). (source link).

However, recent studies on specific populations show a more complex picture of language. For example,  about nearly two-thirds of Asian American Pacific Islander Bostonians speak an Asian or Pacific Islander language (source link).

Additional Community Resources

Resources for Asian Pacific Islander Desi Communities in Boston

American Community Survey, 2014, for Asian Americans (source link)
A Community of Contrasts: AANHPI in the Northeast (source link)
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (source link)
University of Massachusetts Boston – Asian American Studies Program (source link)
University of Massachusetts Boston – Institute for Asian American Studies (source link)
Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (source link)

Resources for Native/Indigenous Communities

• North American Indian Center of Boston (source link)
• Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, Inc. (source link)
• Tribes in the New England/Northeast Region (source link)

Resources for Latin@/x Communities in Boston

• Greater Boston Latino Network (source link)
• Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (source link)
• Sociedad Latina (source link)

Resources for Pan-African Communities in Boston

• Boston Black Heritage Trail (source link)
• Museum of African American History (source link)
• Africans in Boston (source link)
• Cape Verdean Community UNIDO (source link)

Resources for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Queer Communities in Boston

• BAGLY: Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth: https://www.bagly.org
• Dignity Boston: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Catholics and Allies: http://www.dignityboston.org
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Boston Pride: http://www.bostonpride.org
• Fenway Community Health Center: http://fenwayhealth.org
Bisexual Resource Center: http://biresource.org
• National LGBT Health Education Center: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org
• Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Access Project: http://www.glbthealth.org
• GLAAD: https://www.glaad.org