Comic-Con International is dedicated to serving all of its attendees. The Deaf and Disabled Services Department was established to offer a hand to visitors with special needs, including:
- A rest area for the disabled, the elderly, expectant mothers, and parents with small infants.
- An enclosed nursing area for mothers with infants
- Wheelchairs for loan in two- to three-hour increments on a first-come, first- served basis; all you need is an ID and a credit or debit card for the deposit (fee TBD)
- American Sign Language interpreters for the deaf at large panels and the Masquerade
- Limited number of volunteer interpreters available for individual assistance
- Special limited seating for large programming events and the Masquerade
If you are an attendee with disabilities, Comic-Con wants to make your experience as fun and as entertaining as possible, but there are a few limitations on what can be provided. For example:
- Programming rooms fill up quickly, and all seating is on a first-come, first- served basis, so special seating may not be available if you wait until the last minute to get to the room. Please read your Events Guide and plan your day accordingly, keeping in mind the popularity of most events.
- Special autograph sessions are always limited, so it is a good idea to make arrangements to have someone within your group save a spot for you in line. Keep in mind that Deaf and Disabled Services cannot guarantee any seating, autographs, or giveaways.
How do you request an Interpreter?
Requesting an Interpreter for Panels
Hall H, Ballroom 20, rooms 6A, 6BCF, 6DE and the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton always have interpreters assigned.
If there is a specific program/panel you want to see in another room, go to the Deaf Services desk (in Lobby A).
The desk on the far left will have a schedule taped to the table. Any panels/programs you see highlighted already have interpreters assigned. If yours is not highlighted, go ahead and highlight it and an interpreter will be assigned to that panel.
Requesting an Interpreter for all other needs
For any other interpreting need, such as interpreting for autographs, helping you communicate in the Exhibit Hall, etc., or if you are a daily volunteer and need an Interpreter for your assignment, the desk to the right has interpreter request forms.
Fill-out the form, hand it to the scheduler, and a volunteer interpreter will be assigned.
The Deaf and Disabled Services team is here to help. By working together, we can make the convention experience enjoyable for everyone.
Deaf and Disabled Services is located in Lobby A on the lower level of the San Diego Convention Center.