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Volunteer at John Slatin AccessU 2022

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at AccessU 2022! This year's conference will take place from May 9th - 12th. Due to the dual nature of this event, some of the roles will be in-person at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, while others will be remote. You can read up on the conference details on the AccessU page of our website.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the roles listed below, please fill out our Volunteer Form. If you have any questions, please email volunteer@knowbility.org.

Volunteering at AccessU

AccessU wouldn't be nearly as successful without volunteer help, so thank you again for your interest in being a part of the team! Here are a few quick facts about volunteering with Knowbility:

  • Volunteer shifts are scheduled in 4-hour segments
  • For each shift worked, volunteers may attend 4 hours of AccessU activities at no charge — workshops, classes, keynotes, or social activities
  • Volunteers may choose to purchase tickets to the full AccessU schedule for the pre-sale rate of $289 to receive all recordings and attend all the additional conference activities

Registration/Help Desk (onsite)

We will need volunteers to check in attendees and instructors each morning, as well as field questions throughout the day. Responsibilities include:

  • Checking attendee tickets
  • Handing attendees any packets or materials they need for the day
  • Providing verbal directions to AccessU rooms and buildings
  • Reminding attendees of COVID protocols

Each shift will be 4 hours. Requirements include:

  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test result, taken in the previous three days
  • Austin-based, or ability to be in Austin the day of your shift

Runner (onsite)

We will need volunteers to assist onsite with general event management. Responsibilities include:

  • Helping with set-up/break-down
  • Ensuring AccessU classrooms have all necessary materials
  • Aiding attendees and instructors in finding the right rooms/locations

Each shift will be 4 hours. Requirements include:

  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test result, taken in the previous three days
  • Austin-based, or ability to be in Austin the day of your shift
  • Comfort walking around in 90 degree weather

Transcription (online)

Many of this year's will be pre-recorded during the week leading up to AccessU (May 1 - May 6). During that week, we will need volunteer help with cleaning up the transcriptions for these sessions before making them available to attendees on May 7th. Responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning up the auto-generated transcript for the entirety of each session
  • Ensuring the captions match the speed and content of the audio

Each session will take about 2-3 hours to complete. Requirements include:

  • Computer access
  • Good command of spelling and grammar
  • Ability to work with a deadline

Live Q&A Moderator (onsite or online)

On Wednesday and Thursday of the conference, presenters who submitted pre-recorded sessions will lead live Q&As for participants to answer any follow-up questions they have.

We need volunteer moderators to:

  • Monitor the chat for all questions
  • Organize the questions into a queue
  • Help the presenter balance questions from onsite participants with questions from virtual participants
  • Keep track of time

Shifts will be in 4-hour blocks. You can sign up for the morning shift (9 AM - 1 PM) or the afternoon shift (1:30 PM - 5:30 PM) on either day.

Thanks again for your interest in volunteering at John Slatin AccessU 2022! If you would like to hear more or sign up to volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Form.