General Information

General Information - Amenities and Resources

The OAH is committed to providing an inclusive environment and doing 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.

Attendees of the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting are invited to reserve their rooms under the OAH room block at a discounted rate. These discounted rates are limited and only available until March 12, 2020 or until the block is filled.

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The OAH has partnered with Aira to make the conference more accessible for blind and low vision attendees. Aira is a service that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to connect blind and low-vision people to highly trained, remotely-located agents. At the touch of a button, Aira delivers instant access to visual information, enhancing everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. 

As an Aira Access Location, the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting will provide free limited access to Aira agents within the conference facility. Providing this service for a conference is new for both Aira and the OAH. As we both learn how to navigate this service within the conference environment we ask users to be aware of some limitations. To make the service available, Aira had to use a geofencing method to isolate the OAH Annual Meeting. For this reason Aira will only be available within the Marriott Wardman Park, and in order to determine costing, Aira also had to limit the number of hours Aira Agents will be available to the OAH. As each communication should last no more than 5 minutes we expect the number of hours to be sufficient for our blind and low vision attendees but request that only those with need access this service. 

To learn how an Aira Access Location works we invite you to to watch this video

To sign up for your Aira account visit aira/ and sign up as a guest.

If you have any questions about this service please email

All-Gender Restrooms will be available at the Marriott Wardman Park. Exact location TBD.

CART, or Communication Access Realtime Translation, is a speech-to-text interpreting service for anyone who needs communication access. A trained and certified CART translator receives a remote audio feed of a session and provides instantaneous speech to text translation. The text is displayed on a screen allowing the audience to follow the session via captioning.  

What is the difference between CART and captioning?
“CART” officially now CART Captioning, and “captioning” are often used interchangeably. CART is a text-only translation of the spoken word displayed on a screen, or over the internet (e.g. to a personal device). Captioning is text displayed in conjunction with a video image and requires an encoder or character generator as well as captioning software on the provider’s computer.

The Plenary Session and Presidential Address will both offer remote CART Captioning.

Attendees who have child care needs during the meeting are advised to make arrangements prior to the conference, as formal child care services are not provided at the meeting. The OAH assumes no responsibility with respect to the services and accepts no liabilities related to the services provided by the options below. The recommendation below was provided by the Washington D.C. Tourism Bureau.

College Nannies, Sitters + Tutors
7908 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (202) 759-5400
Contact: Maxine Gill
Phone: (301) 980-6367

To ensure that all participants benefit from the event, the OAH seeks to provide a harassment-free, respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity. The OAH has no tolerance for sexual harassment or any other form of harassment at its events.

The OAH is not an adjudicating body. However, anyone who feels threatened at one of OAH’s events should report the behavior to the hotel or venue security. The OAH Executive Director should also be notified of such incidents and that a security report has been made to the hotel or the venue.

Dry Bars will be available at select receptions. Use your Opening Night Drink ticket for a Mocktail! Dry bars will be available at the Opening Night Reception, OAH Committee’s Reception, Distinguished Members, Donors, and Award Winners Reception, and the President’s Reception.

Gender neutral bathrooms will be available at the Marriott Wardman Park

A private A nursing mother’s room is provided at the Marriott Wardman Park for the duration of the conference. As a courtesy we ask that you knock before entering.

Want more in-depth information?

The 2020 OAH Annual Meeting App lists complete session abstracts and speaker information! By creating a profile, you can build a personal daily schedule and utilize the messaging system that allows everyone registered to communicate. The OAH Annual Meeting App is a great way to plan, network, and stay informed. Download the Crowd Compass Directory from your app store in late March and search for the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting App. All registered attendees will receive an email mid- March with quick login information.

Pronoun stickers: He, Him, His, She Her, Hers, They, Them, Their, Ask Me About My PronounsPick up your pronoun sticker at registration or the information desk. These stickers aim to reduce instances of misgendering and to make it easier to know which pronouns to use for someone you just met, especially if you are not sure about their correct gender pronouns.

The OAH offers a variety of registration discounts and travel grants to help ease the cost burden of attending. Explore these opportunities and view the registration fees and frequently asked questions here

View a list of research repositories in Washington D.C as you plan your visit.

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Please be courteous of attendees with sensitivities to fragrances by limiting scented products while at the conference.

The official Annual Meeting hashtag is #OAH20. 

All sessions are listed with their unique hashtag in the OAH Annual Meeting Program. Use these tags to communicate before, during, and after the event.

Solicited sessions are those that have been organized entirely by the committee or the organization listed. An endorsed session indicates sessions that an organization or committee believes may be relevant to those sharing their interests. View the Session Endorsers and Sponsors Index in the Annual Meeting Program to follow a committee or association's topical stream.

Map your conference experience using the Theme Visualizer. We invite attendees to explore proposals and papers based on common topics. By selecting a topic in the Theme Visualizer, attendees are able to view sessions that share a common focus, which may not be immediately apparent. Select a theme such as "civil rights" and see related sessions, paper abstracts, and corresponding information such as speaker, date, and time. The goal is to make explicit latent connections across the conference so that participants can follow a different and unexpected path through the conference.

The Theme Visualizer will be available to explore January 2020.