OAH Annual Meeting Accessibility
The OAH is committed to providing an inclusive environment and we will do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance. This page describes the accessibility features of the Annual Meeting, to help you make an informed decision about whether the conference will be accessible to you. Please contact us if your question is not answered here. We will work with you to the best of our ability, to make the conference accessible.
- How do I communicate accessibility needs to OAH organizers?
- Who do I ask if my question is not answered here?
- Is sign language interpretation be available?
- What are the taxi and public transport options for getting to the conference venue?
- Who can I ask about accessibility in Philadelphia?
- Can I bring my personal care asssitant?
- What is the conference space like?
- Will the conference be accessible by wheelchair or power scooter?
- What are the arrangements for presenters with accessibility needs?
- Can I bring my guide dog?
- How much walking or standing will be needed?
- Will speakers and audience members asking questions be using a microphone?
- What food service will be provided?
- Can the conference accommodate special dietary needs?
- Will the conference be a smoke-free environment?
- What if I have a medical emergency or health problem during the conference?
When you register for the conference, there will be a registration question labeled "Do you require special accommodations to attend this meeting?" Please indicate "yes" if you have any accessibility needs such as wheelchair access, sign language interpretation, or a guide. We will follow up with you by February 1 to clarify your needs but encourage you to contact us as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference will provide sign language interpreters if requested by any attendees by February 1. As much advance notice is appreciated so that we can ensure your full participation. Please make your request as early as possible. After this date, a best effort will be made to accommodate requests, but we cannot guarantee that interpreters will be available.
There are multiple ways to travel from the Philadelphia International Airport, to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Recommended options for getting to the conference include:
SEPTA’s Airport Rail Line: Can be accessed off the pedestrian walkway between the main terminal and the bag claim area in Terminals A-East, B, C, D, E. Elevators are located on the SEPTA platforms and pedestrian bridges. The train platforms are equipped with bridge plates to assist people who use wheelchairs in crossing the gap between the train and the platform. Yellow safety stripes are at the edges of all platforms.
In addition to a subway system, they run accessible commuter trains from the airport and suburbs into downtown. Most of the stations in the city center are accessible. All city buses are equipped to transport wheelchairs. You can see an accessible transit map attached.
Philadelphia Wheelchair Taxi Cab: Freedom Tax’s commitment to accessibility allows people with disabilities greater mobility, resulting in fuller community participation and access to job opportunities, schools, and social offerings.
Contact Freedom taxi: 215-222-9999
PHLASH: The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions. The PHLASH bus is one the best ways to get around to more than 20 key locations in Center City and is just $2 each time you board! So hop-on and hop-off to see Philadelphia in a PHLASH! All PHLASH vehicles are wheelchair accessible.
Contact the Airport’s ADA Coordinator for other questions or additional information:
Lucinda West, ADA Coordinator
Division of Aviation
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Terminal D-E, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Download Getting Around PHL
For information about Philadelphia accessibility, including public transport, go to Accessible Philadelphia or contact Charles W. Horton Jr at 215-686-2798
Absolutely. Attendees who require personal care assistance should bring their own assistant. Personal care assistants receive complimentary registration so they can access the conference. Please contact email@example.com.
For the overall layout of the venue, please refer to this map of the conference space.
All conference events are on the fourth and fifth floors of the Phildelphia Marriott Downtown.
Yes, the conference will be accessible to wheelchair users.
If you are presenting at the conference please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can insure access to risers.
All tour busses except the bus to Eastern Penetentiary are ADA Compliant.
Rooms are set with a head table and podium. Some rooms will also have risers. If you require wheelchair access please email email@example.com so we can arrange ramps if neccessary.
If you would like a student volunteer to operate slides or guide you onto and off the stage, or have other accessibility requests please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1.
Yes! Guide dogs and other service animals are welcome at the OAH Annual Meeting. Please email email@example.com if you anticipate bringing a service animal to the conference. So we can ensure a relief area with water available.
Walking will be required between sessions within the hotel. All rooms will have seating available, should all seats be taken please flag a host to bring you a chair There are several walking tours that will require 1 - 3 hours of walking. Most bus tours include a walking portion.
Yes, microphones will be used for all speakers. However, there will not be a microphone for attendees, but speakers will be asked to repeat questions from the audience.
The conference will provide food at receptions, breakfast, and paid luncheons. Dishes will be labeled. For more detailed information or if you have special dietary needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will make every effort to accommodate dietary restrictions for paid meals only. Please email email@example.com.
Yes. All areas are smoke-fee.
In case of emergency call 911 for an ambulance. The nearest hospital is 0.4 miles away (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital). If you require non-urgent medical care, please contact OAH Staff at registration or information desk. For non-resident attendees, buying travel insurance that covers medical expenses is strongly recommended as fees for emergency treatment can be very high.