Accessibility Information

Please note that for security reasons, the accreditation and registration area has been moved at further walking distance to the ICC than originally planned. We apologize for the inconvenience and are currently investigating ways to facilitate access to this area. We strongly recommend that all conference attendees arrive at least 1 hour early to complete the accreditation process before entering the conference venue.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

AIDS 2016 is committed to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities by providing the following services:

  • Sign language interpretation and/or live captioning (CART Typology) for selected key sessions
  • Accessibility information desk for assistance
  • Accessible registration desk
  • Braille Pocket Programme (upon request)
  • Wheelchair (upon request)
  • Free registration for personal assistance (upon approval of required documentation)

For any accessibility related, questions please contact [email protected].

Conference Accessibility

Accessibility Desk
An accessibility information desk will be set up for people with disabilities to get assistance. The desk will be located near the registration and will be available for the entire conference/registration time.

Disability Networking Zone (DNZ)
Since 2010 the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) in collaboration with its local partners has been spearheading efforts to improve the visibility of disability at the International AIDS Conferences through a vibrant 5 day programme at the Disability Networking Zone in the Global Village of the conference proceedings.

The Disability Networking Zone creates a platform for intense engagement and discussions on evidence based interventions that are inclusive of people with disabilities and those experiencing disabling conditions as a result of living with HIV.

At this years AIDS 2016 Conference, the IDDC has partnered with the South African Disability Alliance (SADA) and various other local partner to facilitate the Disability Networking Zone.

The DNZ will provide various disability related services such as South African sign interpreter(s).

To download the programme (PDF), click here.

Language Interpretation
South African Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for the Opening Ceremony, the daily Plenary Sessions and the Closing Session. Live Captioning (CART Typology) will also be provided for the above sessions.

Visually Impaired Services
A braille translation of the AIDS 2016 Conference Pocket Programme as well as an electronic version of the AIDS 2016 Conference Programme is available for delegates who make the request through the AIDS 2016 online registration system.

The IAS has launched this year a new feature on its online programme providing an accessible version. Please visit our webpage Click on “Export” and select “Programme Accessible” to check the day by day programme.

To download the electronic pocket programme (PDF), click here.

Personal Assistant Registration
Conference delegates with specific accessibility needs who are interested in bringing their own assistant (sign language interpreter, CART Typist, etc.) are requested to contact us at [email protected]

Disability Organization
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is an NPO of quadriplegics and paraplegics with the vision that all quadriplegics and paraplegics live their lives to their full potential. QASA provides products, projects and services as well as lobby and advocacy and prevention programs to ensure the vision, mission and goals are achieved.

Mobility Services

Delegates will be able to borrow manual wheelchairs at the ICC. Requests need to be sent in advance to [email protected]. While the rental is free of charge though a deposit will be requested onsite. For security reasons, motorized scooters are not accepted within the venue.

Stage lift
IAS has arranged to have a stage lift during the duration of the conference. Speakers who have a particular need are requested to contact [email protected].

Getting to the Venue

Delegate transport information are now available here. Persons with disabilities should contact us at [email protected] to communicate at which official conference hotel pick-up points they would need arrangement from. We are accommodating requests from these points at no additional charge, in line with the shuttle schedule.

Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport, if you need a specific transport arrangement you can contact Airport Bus Transport which provide suitable shuttle for wheelchair user. Requests should be sent in advance.

Phone: 031-465 1660 or 031-465 5573
Cell: 082-340 9990

The Durban People Mover also has bus services which run every 15 minutes. Buses travel through the city or along the beachfront. There is wheelchair access, and bus-stop wardens offer help to disabled passengers requiring assistance, route and schedule information and security to all waiting passengers. For more information about their services, click here.

Travel in Durban
For more details about the accessibility services in Durban please refer to our practical information webpage.




Contact the Accessibility Team

[email protected]