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Accessibility at SCMS 2019
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The Society for Cinema & Media Studies is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. 


The Sheraton Grand Seattle is committed to making their facilities, amenities, and services accessible to guests with disabilities. That commitment entails removing barriers and making reasonable modifications to their policies, practices, or procedures so as to give people with disabilities the same opportunities as other guests in the way they access and benefit from the property’s products and services.

All areas of the facility are wheelchair-accessible. Electronic doors are located at the main lobby entrance. The main lobby has a marble floor. Elevators connect all levels of each property. Each elevator has Braille numerals beside each control button. Restrooms in lobbies and on meeting room floors are ADA accessible, wheelchair accessible and have tactile signage. There are no restrictive steps to enter the hotel or within the hotel. Valet parking and on site accessible self-parking is available at the hotel. The hotel has an accessible fitness center, swimming pool and business center.

Guest Rooms—Mobility-accessible doors feature at least 32 inches of clear door width. There are 12 accessible rooms with king beds. Five have roll-in bathrooms. Accessible rooms also offer the following: adjustable height hand-held shower wand, bathroom vanity at an appropriate height, grab bars in the bathroom, a lowered deadbolt, lowered electrical outlets, lowered night guards and peepholes on guest room doors, and no transfer showers are available. Hearing-accessible features include a visual fire alarm, portable communications kits containing visual alarms and notification devices, and TTY. TVs have closed captioning.

Meeting Rooms—All rooms and floors of the hotel are accessible.

Restaurants—There are restaurants on the lobby level and they are accessible.

Conference Events—All conference events at the Sheraton Grand Seattle are fully accessible by elevator.

Quiet Spaces—SCMS is pleased to provide a designated quiet space for 2019 attendees – Alki Boardroom, 4th Floor, Pike Street Tower.

Washrooms—Accessible washrooms are available on the Lobby/1st Floor, 2nd Floor, 3rd Floor, 4th Floor and the 35th Floor.

If you are an attendee who has access needs, please let us know so we can ensure you will not face any barrier to participation. Please speak with a Guest Services Representative in the Lobby (either at hotel registration or the concierge desk) or call/email Cheryl Macaraeg, Senior Event Manager, or (206) 330-3007.


Sea-Tac Airport strives to make your travel experience as easy, safe, and comfortable as possible. The airport is fully equipped with special access facilities to provide all travelers -- as well as greeters and airport employees -- with a safe, convenient means of getting around.

If you or someone you are traveling with requires assistance, the airport recommends planning ahead to avoid any delay or inconvenience during your visit. Contact your airline in advance to request wheelchair assistance within the airport, access to the terminal, assistance boarding a plane, wheelchairs, specific seat assignments, medication storage or dietary needs.

For additional planning on the day of travel, the new  
Sea-Tac app includes features such as flight notifications; parking spot reminders and up-to-date security checkpoint wait times. Free Wi-Fi is available at the airport.

Pathfinders and volunteers are available to help passengers throughout the terminal. They walk throughout the airport and can help you find terminals, shops, restrooms and services. Pathfinders are dressed in teal jackets, and volunteers are dressed in royal blue jackets.

Many of the scheduled public transit  buses  on airport routes are lift-equipped. Please contact Metro,  Sound Transit or the Ground Transportation Booth  for further information.

Public Transportation & SeaTac Airport

 that provide services both to and from the airport offer wheelchair accessible vans. Taxis drop off on the arrivals/baggage level of the main terminal, and depart from the airport from the 3rd-floor parking garage.

Link Light Rail
serves the airport. Free shuttle service is provided between the SeaTac/Airport station and the airport terminal.

On arrival at the Light Rail station, take the elevator or escalator down from the platform to the mezzanine level. Shuttles load near the entrance to the sky bridge to the main terminal and operate continuously between 5:00AM and midnight.

Rental car companies
 rent vehicles equipped with hand controls at no additional charge. To ensure availability of these cars, be sure to make advance reservations.

Airport/Hotel Shuttles

Contact your ground transportation provider directly for information on available lift-equipped van service. Many hotels also have courtesy van shuttles that can pick up on the baggage claim level (lower drive) for individuals with disabilities; for more information, contact your hotel.

Curbside Services

Some airlines do offer curbside check-in during peak periods. Travelers should check directly with their carrier about check-in services. There is no parking or waiting allowed on the airport drives. Vehicles left unattended, even if the driver is nearby, will be ticketed and towed. A good alternative to loading and unloading on the drives is to use the Airport Garage.

Service Animals/Traveling With Pets

For information on visiting SEA-TAC with pets, click here.

Vision Assistance

The Port of Seattle has launched a new pilot program to help people who are blind and low vision access a new assistive technology to safely and independently use Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Partnering with Aira (pronounced EYE-rah), Sea-Tac is the first airport on the west coast and among the first airports in the nation to join the Aira Airport Network, and use this wearable smart glasses technology.

During a recent press conference, the Port announced a pilot program that will cover the cost for any travelers using the Aira service which connects people who are blind and low vision to certified, live agents via smart glasses and a mobile app to navigate every step of the airport, from the curb and check-in area all the way to the gate.

Please see the full announcement post about this program for on the airport website for additional information. 

Visual Paging Information

All flight information display screens at SEA-TAC include visual paging information at the bottom of the screen.

Auditory Assistance

SEA-TAC is currently testing a portable hearing loop induction system at Lufthansa and British Airways check in counters and gates. Hearing loop logos are posted where this service is currently available. If you would like to use this service, please request it from your airline customer service representative at those locations.

Restrooms and Drinking Fountains

To accommodate access needs and wheelchair users, most restrooms have larger stalls, grab bars and lower accessories, such as sinks, paper towel dispensers and mirrors.

Family restrooms are adjacent to all multi-user restroom facilities and are available for use to anyone. You'll find these restrooms on both the Ticketing and Baggage Claim levels of the Main Terminal as well as on concourses A, B, C, and D, and in the North and South Satellite.  Drinking fountains have been lowered.

View an interactive map of SEA-TAC's Terminal to find restrooms and drinking fountains, or see the printable directories page for maps by airport location.


All elevators in the Main Terminal, Satellites and Parking Garage have Braille and raised numerals inside. Additionally, all elevators have lowered control panels, floor-passing gongs, raised call buttons, Braille on the doorjambs and directional arrows in the elevator lobbies.


Seattle's public transportation system is entirely accessible & wheelchair friendly.  The Link Light Rail trains run from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport to multiple points downtown.  All Link trains offer wheelchair spaces and seating for the disabled.  All wheelchair users will be able to smoothly roll between the trains and station platforms.  All Link stations are accessible and have half elevators from the street to underground.  From
these stations, bus routes are available to destinations that are not centrally located downtown.

Sound Transit Rail Link

The Sound rail is terrific, convenient and very accessible; it's by far the best pricing option and takes 45-60 minute to get from SeaTac to the last downtown station at Westlake. It's easy to roll-on /off with only 1-2 level inches between the platform and train. There is a 1-2 inch drop from the platform to train at some stations. There is plenty of available seating but make sure your brakes are working well because you're not locked down. There are no restrooms or food on the Sound rail. Cost is about $5.50 for a full day; $2.75 one-way. Kiosks to purchase tickets are very good height for wheelchair users.

  • Use Stadium exit for Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners); just 2 level blocks away. Century Link Stadium (Seattle Seahawks) is 3 level blocks away.
  • Alternatively use International District/Chinatown exit for Century Link Stadium (about 3 blocks away).
  • Use International District/Chinatown exit for Amtrak (King St Station) and Union Station (Metro Bus hub).
  • Use University St and Westlake exits for most downtown hotels.
  • If you use University St exit, going east or west is very steep; best to go North or South.

Accessible Van Rentals

Accessible van rentals are expensive and cost $100-$150 per day plus mileage. Many charge an additional $50-$90 for delivery and pick-up services. Some rental companies will not add hand controls or provide transfer/swivel seats, preferring to rent to able bodied persons who drive persons confined to wheelchairs.

Access Mobility Systems
7202 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203
Phone: (425) 353-6563

Absolute Mobility Center
21704 87th Ave SE, Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone: 425-481-6546

The South Lake Union Streetcar is fully accessible. The streetcar serves 11 stations between Westlake station and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  The Westlake station is the terminus of the Link Light Rail, which makes connection possible between the Link and streetcar at that station. Certain sights are outside of the Link's service area, but the streetcar travels further toward some of Seattle's attractions and sights.

Both public and private water taxis/ferries to/from Seattle and the nearby islands in Puget Sound are accessible.

Fares, Route Maps and Schedules

Fares on the Link Light Rail, city bus and streetcar are $2.75 each way.  Completing and mailing a reduced fare permit grants disabled patrons granted a discount rate of $0.75 each way.  The reduced fare permit details and application can be found HERE.

  • For a map of the Link Light Rail system, which runs from SeaTac Airport to downtown, CLICK HERE.
  • For bus times, schedules and directions, CLICK HERE.
  • For South Lake Union streetcar route maps and schedules, CLICK HERE.
  • For information, routes and fares for the numerous ferry services, CLICK HERE.

Upon arrival at the airport, the Link Light Rail station is a short walk from the main terminal through the on-airport parking garage.  If you did not submit the reduced fare application, it is recommended that you purchase a reloadable ORCA transit card from the automated fare kiosk.  The ORCA card costs $5.00 and allows you to pre-load funds for use on the public transit system.

Seattle Taxis

Yellow Taxi now has 53 vehicles, equipped with ramps that extend from the rear of the vehicle, to service the city of Seattle.  The best way to book a WAT is through the iOS and Android app. You can book a WAT by tapping it on the third screen where it says Regular Cab. Wheelchair Van is the third option. Get the App here Yellow Taxi

• Wait times are typically 30-45 minutes, so call early.
Taxi fare from SeaTac to Seattle is approximately $41.
You might also try Farwest taxi which has 3 accessible vans.

Contact Information
Yellow Taxi: (206) 622-6500
Farwest taxi (206) 508-6885

Seattle Metro Buses & Sound Transit

All Seattle Metro buses and Sound Transit light rail are accessible. Link light rail travels between Westlake Station in downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport, making 11 stops along the way. Link trains run every 7.5, 10 or 15 minutes depending on the time of day. Sound Transit Express buses are equipped with ramps or wheelchair lifts. On Sounder train platforms, the conductor will deploy a boarding ramp to help riders get onto the train safely. Central Link light rail trains feature level boarding. Board directly from the platform without climbing steps or using a lift or ramp. On Tacoma Link, press the round accessibility symbol on the outside of the door when the train has stopped. The light rail operator will deploy a ramp to allow you to board the train.


If you need to rent a medical device (e.g., scooters or wheelchairs) for your stay, email or call Scootaround,, (888) 441-7575 or Access Medical Equipment Co. at (206) 365-7700 where you can arrange a short-term rental with delivery to the hotel.

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