Council of Writing Program Administrators
2017 Conference: Workshop, July 16-19; Institutes, July 20; Conference, July 20-23

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The CWPA 2017 Accessibility Guide is available here.

For Presenters


Composing Access offers excellent guidance in multiple modes for conference presenters and planners. Tips here are distilled from that site’s detailed advice.

Preparing Your Presentation

Tara Wood covers preparing a script, designing audio/visual elements, and interacting with sign interpreters or transcriptionists in this 2-page handout, Preparing an Accessible Presentation

For additional suggestions on presentation space, handout design, digital access, and scripts, see Composing Access’s materials on Preparing Your Presentation.

During the Presentation

The more accessible your presentation, the more likely your ideas are to reach people. So give audience members alternative formats to access your materials and to engage with you during the talk.  Some may not be at the conference, so providing digital materials increases the distribution of your ideas.  Some in-person attendees may appreciate digital or paper text to augment your spoken delivery.  Some may appreciate spoken translation of images.  Some may prefer to write questions instead of voicing them.

  • Provide both large print versions (18 point) and 12 point of handouts
  • Provide both digital and paper versions as well as your in-person delivery.
  • Bring the materials to the audience. Don’t assume all can move easily to get them.
  • Describe presentation visuals. Don’t assume all can see them well.
  • For Q&A, gather questions by index cards. Don’t rely on voice only.

For more detailed suggestions, see Composing Access’s materials on During the Presentation. Thanks to the Composing Access Project, co-sponsored by the Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition (CDICC) and the Computers & Composition Digital Press (CCDP) for developing the Composing Access resource.

Access Knoxville, Tennessee
While a hilly terrain, Knoxville is dedicated to being accessible to its residents and visitors. There are many accessible parks, museums, and attractions. The website About Knoxville provides detailed information about accessibility in Knoxville. Here are some highlights from the website:


  • Handicapped Accessible Taxi:
    J & B Taxi Service, (423) 292-2775
  • AMS Vans, (866) 941-8267
  • Accessible Van Rentals: Wheelchair Getaways of Tennessee
    Services all the major airports in the region including Knoxville, Chattanooga, the Tri-cities of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City. All vehicles are wheelchair accessible, with either raised roofs or lowered floors and automatic ramps or lifts. Some of our handicapped accessible vans include hand controls, transfer seats and spinner knobs.
  • LIFT service:
    Knoxville's public transit system, KAT, offer Paratransit LIFT service for individuals who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses. The LIFT is by reservation only, and you must be certified by KAT to use the service.
    Download a Lift Application

Local Attractions

  • Knoxville Greenways and Trails
    • Throughout the city, there are paved greenways and trails. Some of the trails wind along the Tennessee River, while others explore the protected greenspaces of the city.
  • Ashley Nicole Dream Playground
    • In 2005, Ashley Nicole Dream Playground received the TN Recreation and Parks Association’s Best Facility Award.

Nearby Attractions

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • Visitors can enjoy the mountains by driving through the terrain. Throughout the mountains, there are designated lookout spots to take in the magnificent view, too.
  • Cades Cove
    • Another popular Smoky Mountains destination, Cades Cove is an 11 mile, one-way loop. Visitors can enjoy the scenic drive or stop to view local wildlife, such as black bears and turkeys.