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2019 Accessibility Guidelines

These guidelines have been adapted from the accessibility guidelines for the Association for Computers in the Humanities conference.


Network Detroit is dedicated to creating a safe, respectful, and collegial conference environment for the benefit of everyone who attends and for the advancement of research and scholarship in fields supported by the digital humanities.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Wayne State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment opportunities, educational programs, and related activities (reference University Statute 2.28.01). This policy embraces all persons regardless of race, color, sex (including gender identity), national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, height, weight, disability, or veteran status and expressly forbids sexual harassment and discrimination in hiring, terms of employment, tenure, promotion, placement and discharge of employees, admission, training and treatment of students, extracurricular activities, the use of university services, facilities, and the awarding of contracts.

If you need to report a situation that breaks with the Network Detroit code of conduct, please notify one of the conference co-chairs, Cheryl Ball ( and Clayton Hayes ( (both:, or the Office of Equal Opportunity ( at (313) 577-2280, or the online Title IX reporting form, which can be done anonymously.



Network Detroit 2019 will take place in Manoogian Hall (906 W. Warren Ave, on the corner of Warren and John C. Lodge Service Drive, Detroit, MI 48201) on the campus of Wayne State University, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, from 8:30am–5:15pm.

All conference sessions, poster sessions, and conference registration will be located in or outside of Room 91 on the basement level of Manoogian Hall. Manoogian is the World Languages and Cultures building. A quiet study room (Polish room) and an adjacent meditation room (Arab American room) are located on the first floor of Manoogian Hall. A gender-inclusive bathroom with an en-suite lactation area is available in Room 472, on the fourth floor of Manoogian. (Refrigeration is, unfortunately, not available.) Keys to this private bathroom are available from one of the staff members at the Network Detroit registration desk.

Physical Accessibility:

We welcome conference-goers to physically participate in ways that thoughtfully engage their bodies and being in the space, to include lying down, moving around, standing up, and so on, as needed.

Please ensure that aisles are kept free of belongings and that clear paths are maintained to the exit throughout the presentation. Closing the doors during presentations will cut down on ambient noise from the hallway, but be aware that this may create issues for audience members who have difficulty opening doors to enter/exit and be flexible as necessary.

If standing room only occurs during your session, the conference chair will pause between speakers and ask audience members to raise their hands or otherwise identify if there is an empty chair available next to them.


To ensure maximum accessibility for conference presentations, all presenters and chairs must use the microphones provided for both presentations and Q&A. A hands-free mic is provided at the presenter station and all presenters will be asked to use it.

A wireless microphone has also been provided to circulate through the audience for questions during panels. If audience members are unable to use the microphone for any reason, we ask presenters to repeat (or briefly rephrase) the question into their microphone before answering it.

The optimal position for a microphone is generally 3-6” from your mouth, depending on your natural voice volume and the configuration of the microphone. If your voice is “popping” (e.g. words with letters such as “p” come across with a pop sound in the middle), the microphone can be held slightly to the side of your mouth (tilted sideways) or slightly above your mouth (tilted downwards) to eliminate that effect.

Sign Language Interpreters:

Two sign language interpreters will be onsite during the conference with space reserved in the front of the auditorium for them. We ask that all hearing presenters provide transcripts of their talks to the interpreters in advance by emailing them to the conference organizers ( two days before the conference OR spell out the names of all theorists/practitioners (e.g., Lovelace → L-O-V-E-L-A-C-E) during their presentations so the interpreters can properly spell them out.


To ensure visual accessibility of slides, please use at least 24pt sans serif fonts (Arial, Verdana, Helvetica) on your slides. Any videos played during presentations should be captioned and audio described.

Do not use color as the only method for distinguishing information or use a color-blindness simulator to ensure that your color scheme is accessible to all viewers. Make sure that there is a high degree of contrast between the color of text and the color of the background of a slide (e.g. black text on a white background, light grey text on a black background, dark blue text on a light blue background, etc.). Stark white text on black background is best avoided due to fuzzing and halation. Please also avoid rapidly flashing or strobing lights in slideshow special effects.


One way to greatly enhance the accessibility of your presentation is to make your slides or a transcript of your talk available to the audience. If you share your slides or transcript via a printout, please increase the font size on the print-outs to at least 18pt and use a sans serif font (Arial, Verdana, Helvetica). If you share your slides via a link, please make sure that you have used the “alt text” feature on any images in your slideshow. Similarly, if you share your transcript via a link and have turned it into a PDF or any other format that does not allow the easy manipulation of font size, please increase the font size to at least 18pt and use a sans serif font (Arial, Verdana, Helvetica). Transcripts can also be emailed to the conference organizers for uploading to our Digital Commons repository.