The ACPA18 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 Houston, our hotels, and the George R. Brown Convention Center can be found in the ACPA18 Accessibility Guide.
If you have further questions about accessibility at Convention, please contact Mike Kutnak, the ACPA18 Access Coordinator.
Additional resources for individuals with disabilities:
- Disability Rights Texas (source link)
- Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (source link)
- 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:
Culture and Language
From the Official Site for Houston, Texas:
“Houston has tremendous artistic and cultural assets and its internationally-renowned cultural institutions drive a growing creative economy. The city is home to over 35,000 working artists, the first and largest art car parade in the world, the largest rodeo in the world and one of the world’s largest and most respected international photographic events, FotoFest. Houston is anchored by leading museums and performing arts organizations. It has the highest-attended youth museum for its size in the country, the largest “always free” proscenium outdoor theatre program in the country and the most Cultural Districts in the state — five — designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts. The First Ward has the highest concentration of artist studios in Texas — second in the nation after Hollywood.” (source link)
A supplemental reading to the city government’s website is a Los Angeles Times article entitled “How Houston has become the most diverse place in America” (source link)
English is the primary language spoken in Houston. A high number of residents also speak Spanish or Spanish Creole. Some local attractions, such as the Museum of Fine Arts (source link) and the Houston Museum of Natural Science (source link), have attractions available in Spanish language. A comprehensive list of other languages spoken in Houston can be found at the city government’s website (source link).
Resources for Asian Pacific Islander Desi Communities
- Asia Society – Texas (source link)
- Asians Against Domestic Abuse (source link)
- Indian American Coalition of Texas (source link)
- Japan American Society of Houston (source link)
- Malaysian Singaporean Association of Houston (source link)
Resources for Native/Indigenous Communities
Resources for Latin@/x Communities
- Association of Latino Professionals for America – Houston group (source link)
- Hispanic Houston (source link)
- Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (source link)
Resources for Pan-African Communities