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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 Annual Meeting organizers?

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

Who do I ask if my question is not answered here?

For more detailed information about accessibility at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown please check the venue accessibility information page or call 215.625.2900

Is sign language interpretation be available?

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.

What are the taxi and public transport options for getting to the conference venue?

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
Telephone: 215-937-5536
Fax: 215-863-3887
TDD/TTY: 215-863-3969

Download Getting Around PHL

Who can I ask about accessibility in Philadelphia?

For information about Philadelphia accessibility, including public transport, go to Accessible Philadelphia or contact Charles W. Horton Jr at 215-686-2798

Can I bring my personal care assistant?

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

What is the conference space like?

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.

Will the conference be accessible by wheelchair or power scooter?

Yes, the conference will be accessible to wheelchair users.

If you are presenting at the conference please contact so we can insure access to risers.

For more information about wheelchair accessibility at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, please contact the {{venue_contact}} on {{venue_phone}} or {{venue_email}}.

All tour busses except the bus to Eastern Penetentiary are ADA Compliant.

What are the arrangements for presenters with accessibility needs?

Rooms are set with a head table and podium. Some rooms will also have risers. If you require wheelchair access please email 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 by February 1.

Can I bring my guide dog?

Yes! Guide dogs and other service animals are welcome at the OAH Annual Meeting. Please email if you anticipate bringing a service animal to the conference. So we can ensure a relief area with water available.

How much walking or standing will be needed?

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.

Will speakers and audience members asking questions be using a microphone?

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.

What food service will be provided?

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 .

Can the conference accommodate special dietary needs?

We will make every effort to accommodate dietary restrictions for paid meals only. Please email

Will the conference be a smoke-free environment?

Yes. All areas are smoke-fee.

What if I have a medical emergency or health problem during the conference?

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.