ODO Speaking Engagements

Aviation Festival Americas

November 10-11, Online Virtual Event

There has never been a more important time for airlines, airports and solution providers in the Americas to come together. Post-pandemic, only new ideas, new strategies and new relationships can propel the industry forward. Join us virtually for 2 days of education, networking and strategizing – all from the comfort of your own home.
Eric Lipp, Executive Director, will be moderating the Air Experience Panel on Accessible Technology. November 11th, 2020 at 11:00 Eastern. The panel will discuss how the blind & low-vision community can get flight information, navigate security, use self-serve kiosks, find restaurants and services and identify baggage.

To learn more and register, visit Aviation Festival Americas Webpage 

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Annual International Technology & Persons With Disabilities Conference (CSUN)

March 8-12, 2021, Online Virtual Event
The “CSUN” conference is the world’s longest-running and largest conference of its kind on the topic of assistive technology and the positive impact on persons with disabilities. 

For details, see Center for Disability Studies, California State University Northridge.

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Passenger Terminal Expo and Conference

June 28 – July 1, 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Passenger Terminal Expo brings together airports and suppliers from around the world. The conference each year includes a panel on passengers with disabilities.

To learn more, see Passenger Terminal-Expo.com.

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M-Enabling Summit

June 21-23, 2021, Washington, DC

The M-Enabling Global Summit is the only conference exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities. This is one event that we at ODO never miss.

For details and registration, see M-Enabling Summit.

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National ADA Symposium

2021 Dates: TBD
This annual ADA Symposium features speakers from the Department of Justice, Access Board and EEOC among others to teach, review, and provide updates about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For details and registration, see National ADA Symposium.

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2021 Dates: TBD

Hosted annually by the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, this day-long Expo promotes the independence and inclusion of people with all types of disabilities by showcasing Chicago’s wide range of accessible venues, products and services.

For full details, see AccessChicago.

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LEAD Conference and Training

2021 Dates: TBD

The LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) Conference is the preeminent event in the field of access to the cultural arts for people with disabilities and older adults. The program caters to both beginners and experts, with great opportunities to network with cultural administrators from US and abroad.

For full details, see LEAD Conference and Training.

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IATA Global Accessibility Symposium (IGAS)

October 27-28, 2020, Online Event

The IGAS is the leading global forum for the world’s aviation community to discuss the accessibility programs of aviation. 
The event aims to:

  • Create a global platform where stakeholders can share their views and experience on how to work together for an authentic and sustainable disability-inclusive aviation;
  • Support the IATA Strategic Approach and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so that no one is left behind;
  • Provide an educational experience so that delegates can learn from each other.

For full details, see the IGAS Webpage.

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Abilities Expos

Virtual Events:

  • November 20-22, 2020 – Online Event

In-Person Events:

  • Los Angeles, March 26-28, 2021
  • New York Metro, April 30-May 2, 2021
  • Toronto, Spring 2021
  • Chicago, June 25-27, 2021
  • Houston, August 6-8, 2021
  • Phoenix, September 10-12, 2021
  • Dallas, December 3-5, 2021
  • Miami, November 2022

For more than 30 years, these consumer shows, held in major cities nationwide, have enhanced the lives of people with disabilities of all ages by introducing them to a wide variety of assistive technologies and services.  In addition to specialized travel agents and tour operators, the Expos always include a workshop on trip planning for travelers with disabilities.

To learn more, see Abilities Expos.

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