CHI PLAY 2021 is committed to providing an inclusive environment and we will do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance. This page describes the accessibility features of CHI PLAY 2021, to help you make an informed decision about whether the conference will be accessible to you. Please contact us if your question is not answered here, or if the conference arrangements as described are not enough to allow you to attend. We will work with you to the best of our ability, to make the conference accessible.


How do I communicate accessibility needs to CHI PLAY 2021 organizers?

The Accessibility & Equity Chairs for CHI PLAY 2021 are Marie Jarrell and Katta Spiel, whose goal is to ensure the conference is accessible to everyone. When you register for the conference, there will be a registration question labeled “Do you have a disability or special need which requires our awareness?”. In your response, please indicate any accessibility needs such as sign language interpretation. The Accessibility & Equity Chairs will follow up with you to clarify your needs. You can contact them directly at any time by emailing

Who do I ask if my question is not answered here?

If there is specific accessibility information you would like to see here, or if you wish to discuss any conference accessibility requirements, please contact our Accessibility & Equity Chairs, Marie Jarrell & Katta Spiel by email:, and someone will respond to you shortly.

Will sign language interpretation or captioning be available?

The conference will provide a team of sign language interpreters or captioners if requested by any attendees during the early registration period. Please make your request as early as possible. Our Accessibility & Equity Chair will follow up with you to discuss your needs in more detail. After September 30, 2021 (the deadline for early registration), a best effort will be made to accommodate requests, but we cannot guarantee that interpreters or captioners will be available.

Who can I ask about platform accessibility?

CHI PLAY 2021 will happen on Midspace. They offer a dedicated page for their accessibility features.

Can a student volunteer assist me during the conference?

Student volunteers will be available to assist attendees with disabilities with their accessibility needs. If you will need volunteer assistance at the conference, please indicate this on your conference registration form.

What is the conference platform like?

We will use Midspace for CHI PLAY 2021. They provide a a list of their features on their website.

What are the arrangements for presenters with accessibility needs?

If you would like a student volunteer to guide you through the virtual platform, assist you during presentation or have other accessibility requests please contact Marie Jarrell & Katta Spiel at by September 30, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Will there be loud music, strobe lighting, spotlights, or other strong sensory experiences?

We have instructed authors to avoid these sensory experiences in their videos and presentation. Additional video chairs have checked for any violations. However, your personal mileage may vary.

If you are concerned, please contact Marie Jarrell & Katta Spiel at as early as possible, also if you have further questions or special requests.