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General

Q: When is the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference?
A: The conference will take place September 7th- 9th, 2017 (Thursday – Saturday.)
Q: Where is the conference located?
A: Pennsylvania Convention Center – 129 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Q: Who attends PTHC?
A: The language for the trans community is consistently evolving. PTHC is for anyone who feels like they belong there, anyone who identifies as an ally to the trans community, and anyone looking to respectfully learn more about themselves and others.
Q: What is the mission of PTHC?
A:The mission of PTHC is to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change.  We strive to create an accessible and respectful environment that is inclusive of diverse gender-identities and expressions as well as inclusive of diverse opinions and ideas.
Q: Can I attend PTHC if I don’t identify as trans?
A: Absolutely! As long as you positively contribute to the space by treating others with dignity and respect, as well as follow the guidelines in place to keep this a safe environment for trans people and their allies.
Q: Do I have to register online to attend?
A: The General track of the conference is free and open to the public. We request that you register in advance on-line. However, if you do not register online you can register when you arrive at the conference at the registration desk. For anyone interested in attending the professional track to earn continuing education credit, there is a separate on-line registration process that must be completed as there is a fee assosciatred with this track.
Q: How much is the cost to register PTHC?
A: Registration for the general track of PTHC is free! Registration for the professional track to earn continuing education credits has a fee assosciated.
Q: Can I take Photos/Videos?
A: Photos and videos are allowed in Photo Zones, which have been  strategically placed throughout the Convention Center for intentional #selfies and #usies.  Please do not take photos or videos outside of these designated spaces. The Planning Committee and conference organizers have established a firm no picture policy to protect the identities of conference attendees whom do not feel safe.
Q: What else happens at the conference besides workshops?
A: So much! Some events hosted by various organizations and people that may or may not be affiliated with PTHC, such as 12 step meetings, spiritual education and support, poetry readings and spoken word performances, community dinners, and many other events that you can find on our co-occurring events page.

Accessibility

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is wheelchair accessible. We ask everyone to be aware of attendees with mobility matters throughout the conference.  Also attendees who have special mobility needs including but not limited to wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes, visual impairment, service animals, and sensory processing differences.

Workshop rooms should only be filled to the capacity of chairs available to ensure that all participants are able to move in the workshop spaces regardless of the assistive devices that they may utilize.  Understand that the lives of disabled people are neither inspirational nor pitiful by virtue of our disabilities. Rather their disabilities are ordinary and familiar parts of who they are. Ask and wait for an answer before you try to help someone. What you assume is helpful may not be.

Service/Assistance

 When you encounter someone using a service/assistance or guide dog, do not pet, offer food to, or interact with the animal in any way. Do not comment on the dog’s presence i.e. “and who do we have here?” They are working hard; you are supporting the independence and autonomy they provide by not distracting them.

Learning Styles

Many people here have disabilities that affect the ways that they learn, understand, and/or communicate. You can show respect for people by practicing patience with those who learn and/or communicate at a different pace or in a different way than you do. Don’t make assumptions based on atypical speech patterns, body language, or eye contact. If you are having difficulty communicating with someone, try a different form of communication, like writing or demonstration instead of talking. Flashing lights can trigger seizures or other conditions. Avoid wearing or carrying decorative flashing lights

Scents/ Fragrances 

During PTHC please help us become a “Scentsafer” space. Becoming “Scentsafer” is an important step toward access for people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and is a skill you can practice at PTHC.

ASL interpretation

Conference attendees utilizing ASL Interpreting Services can meet interpreters at the Accessibility Table adjacent to the Main Registration area next to the Volunteer Station. Any person requiring ASL interpretation should have registered in advance to have interpreting staff paired with them for the duration of the conference. If you did not register for this in advance please stop by the Registration Table and we will see when interpreting staff may be available to attend workshops with you.

Workshop Attendance

Workshop attendance is on a first-come-first-serve basis.  If you arrive to a workshop that is full please find another workshop to attend during that time in order to help ensure that we maintain ADA compliant spaces and follow fire-codes, as well as to allow people in the workshop to participate fully.  Please be mindful of any seats in a workshop marked as “RESERVED”. Reserved seating is for participants with disabilities or other special needs.

 

Workshops

Q: How do I find out what workshops will be offered?
A: The schedule will be posted on the website in advance. You will also receive a program book and daily grid with a complete list of workshops and details when you attend the conference.
Q: What does it mean when it says a workshop is “restricted”?
A: Everyone has different requirements for their individual safety. If you do not fit the description of the population the workshop is restricted to e.g. people of color, transfeminine, etc., we ask that you respect the specifications of the presenter and attend a different workshop.
Q: Will I be able to submit a workshop proposal for next year’s conference?
A: The call for proposals (CFP) PTHC 2016 will open in November 2015 for general and professional track