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ODO Speaking Engagements

WATS – World Aviation Training Summit

June 15-16, 2021 -Orlando, FL

The World Aviation Training Summit (WATS) is the world’s largest gathering of aviation training professionals serving airlines, regulators, training providers and the training industry, designed by and for aviation professionals.

WATS offers a relaxed yet professional environment conducive to developing new and building existing business relationships. WATS has unrivalled opportunities to meet with your peers from the senior echelons of the international airline training community.

For those whose career takes them across the world to promote training solutions, WATS truly provides a huge saving in time and most importantly investment. Join over 600 industry professionals to learn, discuss and exchange views on the latest training practices and solutions.

For details, see WATS Event Page.

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Annual International Technology & Persons With Disabilities Conference (CSUN)

March 12-18, 2022 – Anaheim, CA
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

April 5-7, 2022 – Paris, France
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

October 4-6, 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

Onsite: July 26-28, 2021 – Phoenix, AZ • Virtual: August 2-5, 2021
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 Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – Chicago.

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LEAD Conference and Training

Dates: TBD

For full details, see LEAD Conference and Training.

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.

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IATA Global Accessibility Symposium (IGAS)

Dates: TBD

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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Aviation Festival Americas

November 3-4, 2021 – Miami, FL

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.

To learn more and register, visit Aviation Festival Americas Webpage 

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Annual FAA National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports

August 23-24, 2021 – Virtual Event

Free sessions, conducted by Government and Industry experts, will provide updates and hands-on training on civil rights requirements at airports on the following programs:
•Americans with Disabilities Act and Accessibility Program
•Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs
•Title VI Program (includes Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency)

To learn more and register, visit Federal Aviation Administration Webpage 

Abilities Expos

Virtual Events:

  • November 20-22, 2020 – Online Event

In-Person Events:

  • Chicago, June 25-27, 2021
  • Houston, August 6-8, 2021
  • Phoenix, September 10-12, 2021
  • New York Metro, October 1-3, 2021
  • Los Angeles, October 29-31, 2021
  • Toronto, November 12-13, 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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