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In the lecture halls, there will be reserved seats for visually impaired attendees in the front. Induction loops for hearing aids will also be available next to the VOC camera setup and the wheelchair area. More information follows as it is decided on.
 
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== Public transit to and from Congress ==
 
== Public transit to and from Congress ==

Revision as of 16:03, 11 November 2019

With its diverse community, Chaos Communication Congress has always been about improving people's access to the event and providing individual help to everyone in need. This page collects the various facilities you may contact as a person with disability, as well as information on the challenges you might face at the event.

Facilities and peer groups

These groups all use the DECT network provided by POC for their communication needs, so you should bring a compatible DECT phone or a SIP client if you think you will have to reach someone quickly. However, most of them can be reached via email and twitter as well, albeit response times are much slower.

  • CERT handles first response to medical emergencies. (DECT 112)
  • The Awareness Team will resolve conflicts and help create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere especially for minorities. (DECT 113)
  • For people in the spectrum of autism, C3Auti will help you out with a safe space in meltdown and overload situations (DECT 2884)
  • c3blind is an assembly for blind and visually impaired individuals attending Congress that also provides informal help if necessary. (DECT xxxx)
  • c3subtitles will provide subtitles and closed captions for some of the talks after the event. They're looking for Angels, so you can help make content produced at the Congress more accessible!

Congress

Most of the space at Messe Leipzig will be fairly crowded during the the event, not all of which being open and wide. You will have to use narrow tunnels to reach assembly halls and lecture rooms. Most of Messe Leipzig is accessible by elevator, escalator and regular staircases. Some locations can only be reached through separate entrances. If you would like to access such spaces, it is probably best to ask someone to take you there from outside the buildings. Wheelchair accessible and spacious toilets are available. More information on the wheelchair accessibility of the venue is collected on the website of Messe Leipzig.

While the glass hall and CCL are usally well and evenly lit, this isn't the case in the much darker assembly space and sometimes the lecture halls, especially at their entrance. There is no tactile guide system for blind and visually impaired attendees anywhere at Messe. Please also note that there will be lots of installations with rapidly changing lights (intensity, color, ...) and noisy elements.

In the lecture halls, there will be reserved seats for visually impaired attendees in the front. Induction loops for hearing aids will also be available next to the VOC camera setup and the wheelchair area. More information follows as it is decided on.

Queues for cashdesk, merchandise or lecture halls can become very long. Expect to wait a bit frequently.

Public transit to and from Congress

see also → Travel

If you need to get somewhere in Leipzig using public transportation, check out the city's official app called "easy.GO". It also features an accessible interface for the blind and visually impaired.

Trams

Recent years in Leipzig have shown that most of the trams to and from Messe Leipzig on lines 16/16E are wheelchair accessible. However, the lines are sometimes served by old Tatra vehicles with a single accessible carriage at the end of the train. All stops between Leipzig Main Station and Messegelände are level with the trains and therefore barrier-free. However, some lines in Leipzig - particularly the ones which are least used - are served only by the Tatra trains and sometimes without the accessible carriage as of 2019. During rush hour, trams can get quite busy and you may have to ask people to make some space for you. The tram stop at the Congress is a few hundred metres away from the main entrace. Audio announcements for the trams are played by newer vehicles when the driver identifies one of the potential passengers as a blind or visually impaired person. They tell you the line number and the destination of the vehicle. Note that the tram stations at Leipzig Main Station and Messegelände are "double stops", which means that there is space for two vehicles at the same time. However, if you are identified as blind or visually impaired and waiting by the special ground markers for tram stops (tactile, easily discernible with a white cane), drivers will stop again at the anterior end of the station for you to get on.

At night, extra tram services will terminate at Main Station, but at a stop called "Hauptbahnhof (Westseite)" a few metres away from the regular stop. If you find yourself lost, please ask the other people around you for help or use the maps application of your choice. You might have to cross a larger street in the process. Signal tones of traffic lights and other Points of Interest are disabled at night. The streets will be quiet and mostly empty. As Main Station is the central connecting hub in Leipzig, you should expect drunk people waiting at the tram stops - especially during weekends.

S-Bahn

S-Bahn services take you to a station called "Messe" that is around 750 metres away from the main entrance. All trains in operation on the S-Bahn network are wheelchair accessible, but getting to and from the platforms requires the use of an elevator or stairs on the relevant stations. Announcements at the platforms tell you which train is arriving and relevant stops it makes. While guide systems for the blind and visually impaired are installed at all major S-Bahn stations inside Leipzig, "Messe" station lacks such an installment.

Bus

Several bus lines terminate at Messe. Most vehicles operational in Leipzig are wheelchair accessible by ramp. The drivers will assist you in getting on the bus. If you require information on line and destination, you have to ask the driver. On highly frequented stations, there are automatic announcements for this when the doors open.