Disability Access Information

TFOB Staff / January 15, 2019


For all questions related to access, please contact eventaccess@email.arizona.edu.


Reservations must be made through Metro Med at (520) 323-9500 prior to the festival. Reserved equipment will be available for pickup at the Sabor restaurant on the southeast side of the Student Union Memorial Center.

  • Accessible Restrooms are located in all buildings that are open for the event and three groups of portable restrooms will be on the South side of the UA Mall. All Gender/family accessible restrooms are located in the Main Library 1st floor near the elevator, and the 1st floor of Education and Flandrau Planetarium.
  • Signs with the Universal Access Symbol have been added to assist in locating accessible routes and presentation queues
  • There will be accessible queues, that don’t involve stairs, formed at the entries of the major presentations. Please proceed directly to the venue entry if you are unable use the general queue or if you have pre-arranged other disability accommodations for the presentation
  • Seating will be provided outside popular venues to accommodate those unable to stand in lines
  • Accessible seating locations inside the venues can accommodate up to two companions in order to ensure accessible seating for other disabled guests
  • During festival dates, find help by contacting the university or eventaccess@email.arizona.edu.


To locate accessible parking refer to the Campus Accessible Parking Map. Note that:

    • Location and number of accessible parking spaces is designated on the RED circles. Most of these spaces are in small surface lots and will be available except for those otherwise marked on the general festival parking map
    • U of A disabled parking permit is NOT required on the weekends
    • The 2nd Street Garage is reserved for authors
    • The Cherry Ave. Garage is closest to the festival but accessible shuttles are available on an on-call basis. Please call 621-1108 to arrange shuttle on the day of the festival.
    • A golf cart shuttle is available from the Tyndall and Cherry St. Garages
    • During festival dates, find help by contacting the university at eventaccess@email.arizona.edu.
  • If you need further information on parking options or need information regarding places to drop off individuals, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (520) 621-3268 or email eventaccess@email.arizona.edu
  • Note that our center is not open on weekends


  • To insure the availability of a Sign Language interpreter or CART, please fill out this Online Request Form or call (520) 626-4471 before the festival.
  • A Sign Language interpreter will be available on a limited basis on-site throughout the Festival. Please inquire at any TFoB information booth.


  • To ensure the availability of a sighted guide for wayfinding between scheduled events, please email eventaccess@email.arizona.edu


  • Induction Loop systems are available in Education Kiva (211) the UA Mall tent, the Culinary Tent and the Arizona Daily Star tent.
  • We highly recommend that guests pre-arrange to pick up a receiver onsite to use for the day at multiple locations.
  • form where you can provide the dates, times and locations of the events you plan to attend.
  • Please fill out this Online Request Form where you can provide the times and locations, to request at a particular venue, look for ALS signage at the door.
  • Request your receiver from the designated Author Event Monitor and return it after use. Receivers will be available at Festival presentation locations noted below:
  • All Student Union venues
  • Modern Languages 350
  • Koffler 204, 216 & 218
  • Integrated Learning Center large lecture halls 120, 130 and 150 and smaller rooms 119, 125 and 141
  • Education Kiva (211), Education lecture room 353; smaller rooms upon request
  • Flandrau Planetarium Theatre is equipped with a hearing loop and will be running shows
  • Some of the above venues are large and will have queues to enter. To better facilitate obtaining your receiver and finding seating, please use the accessible queue or go directly to the venue entrance
  • Portable ALS units are available for any locations not listed above, Mall Tent venues, and Science City tour locations. Please fill out this Online Request Form and specify that you’d like to use a portable system.

During festival dates, portable ALS can only be requested by contacting the university or eventaccess@email.arizona.edu

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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