Atlanta, GA (March 5-9, 2017)

Accessibility Policies

The Comparative and International Education Society and the organizers of the 61st CIES Annual Meeting are committed to offering an accessible environment for all. Our Accessibility Policies and Procedures are as follows:

General Accommodations
Requests for accommodations for the 2017 CIES conference will be included in the registration form. Yver Melchor ( is the CIES 2017 Accessibility Contact Person who will help manage accommodations and communication.

Plenary Sessions
All CIES 2017 plenary sessions will be simultaneously webcast and displayed in the meeting with CART captioning provided. In addition, any attendee will be able to submit a question from a digital device during plenary sessions through the webcasting interface.

Gender-Inclusive Restroom Facilities
CIES 2017 will designate a gender-inclusive restroom facility at the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown. This restroom facility will be available for use by all and may also function as a family restroom. Information on the location of this facility may be found in the final program materials.

Nursing Mothers Room
CIES 2017 supports the right of women to breastfeed in public spaces and across our conference meeting facility.  Additionally, we will will provide a private lactation room for nursing mothers to use as they desire. The location will be provided in the final program materials.

Prayer and Meditation Room
CIES 2017 will make a special, dedicated room available for prayer, meditation and reflection.

Transportation and Mobility Assistance
All CIES 2017 events will be held in the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown whose facility meets ADA compliance requirements. Wheelchair accessible public transportation and taxis are readily accessible in Atlanta.  Please contact the concierge at the Sheraton hotel for information

Guidelines for Accessible Presentations
As you prepare your CIES presentation, we ask you to bear in mind the diversity of our membership and your audience. The CIES spans many disciplines, nationalities, languages, cultural communities, and learning styles. Think about issues of privilege and injustice and reflect on the inclusions and exclusions of your presentation.

CIES strongly encourages participants to abide by the principles of accessibility in academic presentations which often have collateral benefits for everyone. To learn more visit: also

Here are some suggestions for ensuring that you are as inclusive as possible in your presentation:

  • Do not assume that your audience understands the national and cultural context of your research.
  • Bring the materials you need on a jump drive. Internet access may not be available in your presentation room.
  • Bring a few print copies for audience members who would like to follow along with you.
  • Offer large-print copies (17-pt. or larger) of your full presentation and handouts at your session (feel free to add a disclaimer: “Please do not distribute without the expressed permission of the author” and include your name and contact information).
  • Speak loudly, clearly, and at a comfortable pace that makes possible interpretation and/or translation, and that is accessible to audience members who do not share your language. At the same time, vary the tone and level of your voice. (Such variety will help keep the entire audience stay engaged.)
  • Avoid using jargon and allow time to spell proper names and terminology.
  • Provide a verbal description of visuals, including images, charts, and video clips.
  • If you incorporate Powerpoint slides into your presentation:
    use a high contrast color scheme (i.e. white background, black font or the reverse), a templated slide format, a sans-serif font, such as Arial, and maintain a large font size. Provide minimal text on each slide (only a few points).  To the fullest extent possible, text should be displayed in large and bold letters.
  • Repeat all questions or statements from the audience. (This technique is helpful for everyone.) Try to have one person speak at a time, and try to identify the speaker so the listeners will know who is talking.
  • If a sign or language interpreter is in your session, remember to give the interpreter room and time to work. When interacting with a person using interpretation services remember to always speak to the person and not the interpreter.
  • When not using an overhead projector, turn it off. Reducing background noise helps focus audience attention on you, the speaker.

CIES also invites you to be considerate of all event attendees by avoiding the use of all scented products while at the conference.