ODO Events

ODO Z Life 8th Annual Beyond the Waters Beach Party

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Noon-5pm, Osterman Beach, Chicago

Now in its 8th year, this free beach party features not just water activities but also cycling, music, games and BBQ. It is sponsored once again by ODO, Z Life, United Airlines, the Chicago Parks Dept. and Adaptive Adventures as well as many other local companies. In 2015 this uniquely fun and inspiring event drew over 600 people with disabilities and their friends and family members. To volunteer, call ODO at 773.388.8839.

Beach Party Flyer

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Universal Access in Airports 2016

November 14-16, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Conference Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport South
250 Gateway Boulevard, South San Francisco, California, 94080
Tel. 650-589-3400

UAIA Hotel Discount: $229 (includes breakfast and happy hour). To receive the discount, you must book by phone and mention UAIA.

UAIA Registration
Early bird (by June 30, 2016): $219
Standard: $249
One-day pass: $129
Register and pay online.
To request an invoice or pay by check, email Katy Rosseland or call her at 773-388-8839.

Sponsorship Opportunities
For additional information, email Katy Rosseland or call her at 773-388-8839.

Lead Sponsors for UAIA 2016:

United logo
Presenting Sponsor

Virgin America logo

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Universal Access in Airports (UAIA), provides a unique opportunity for dialogue among the various stakeholders in the aviation industry. This two-day conference, held biennially by Open Doors Organization since 2006, offers an open exchange of ideas and best practice solutions on customer service and accessibility for air travelers with disabilities and the mature.

Panel topics for 2016 will include:
• Government Regulatory Updates
• Challenges and Best Practices
• Customers with Disabilities Feedback: Round Table
• Innovations in Airports
• Emergency Preparedness
• Improving Assistance in Airports: Round Table
• New Technologies

UAIA 2014 was a huge success and showed once again how important it is for industry leaders to meet face to face and to hear directly from the disability community. The 100+ attendees represented national and international airlines, airports of all sizes, airline service companies and vendors of adaptive products and services.

The most popular panel was the Consumer Roundtable which in 2014 discussed not only issues related to hearing, vision and mobility, but also nut allergies and the need for adult changing places. Delegates also contributed to a research project funded by Transportation Research Board (TRB) on wayfinding in airports and had the opportunity to test out the new, fully accessible kiosk from IBM.

Special thanks to United Airlines, presenting sponsor of UAIA 2014, and to the many other sponsors who made this unique and important event possible. See you in San Francisco in November 2016!

UAIA 2014 Program

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ODO Airline Symposium 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016, San Francisco, CA
This year’s symposium will focus on the accessibility of websites and kiosks, both subject to new ACAA regulations, and on how to reduce problems and complaints regarding wheelchair assistance.

Open Doors Organization now holds its Airline Symposium biennially in conjunction with
UAIA. This invitation only, closed-door session allows air carriers—national, regional and international—to discuss problems and share best practices regarding services and facilities for air travelers with disabilities.

The 2014 ODO Airline Symposium, a jam-packed, dynamic event, was hosted by United Airlines at their Corporate Headquarters in the iconic Willis Tower in downtown Chicago. Special thanks to United and all the attendees who came to share their concerns and solutions.

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