Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference

September 4, 2018 1:00pm to September 6, 2018 3:00pm

Mid-Atlantic ADA Update 2018

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Mid-Atlantic ADA Update

Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6, 2018 

Pre-Conference Session "ADA Overview": Tuesday, September 4 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM

25th Annual Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Presented by TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

Sheraton Tysons Hotel

8661 Leesburg Pike
Tysons, Virginia 22182


View Conference Session Descriptions

View Conference Agenda

Conference Features

New This Year: ADA and Business Boot Camp

ADA and Business Boot Camp

Wednesday, September 5, 1:30 - 5:00 PM
Join us for the afternoon to learn the basics of ADA compliance and welcoming customers with disabilities to your business. You may attend the Boot Camp either with full conference registration or by itself for a separate fee. Click here for more detailed information on the ADA and Business Boot Camp sessions.

Keynote Speaker: Claudia Gordon, Esq.

photo of Claudia Gordon
Claudia Gordon, Esq. is a director of Government and Compliance with Sprint Accessibility, a business unit within Sprint Corporation. Sprint Accessibility offers communication products and services to reduce or eliminate communication barriers for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have a hearing or vision loss, or cognitive, speech or mobility disability.
Prior to joining Sprint Accessibility in March 2017, Ms. Gordon was a member of the Obama Administration from December 2009 to January 2017, initially serving as special assistant to the director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and then as OFCCP’s Chief of Staff. OFCCP is a worker protection agency that enforces the civil rights of American workers who either work for or seek employment with companies that benefit from government contracts.
From July 2013 to March 2014, Ms. Gordon conducted a temporary assignment with the White House Office of Public Engagement, where she served as an associate director of public engagement. In that capacity, she served as the liaison to the disability community and advised on disability policies.
Notably, Ms. Gordon served as a member of President Obama’s presidential delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Federative Republic of Brazil.
Prior to the Department of Labor, Ms. Gordon was a senior policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. In 2000, she received the prestigious Skadden Fellowship to work as a staff attorney with the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center. She also worked as a consulting attorney with the National Council on Disability.
Ms. Gordon, a native of Jamaica W.I., graduated with honors from Howard University in Washington, DC in 1995 and went on to complete law school with honors at American University’s Washington College of Law in 2000.

Plenary panel session featuring speakers from Federal Agencies:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • United States Access Board 
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration

Breakout sessions will address the ADA in these areas:

  • Business responsibilities and best practices
  • Disability employment
  • State and local government 
  • Veterans in the workplace
  • Healthcare access
  • Service animals
  • Corrections and law enforcement
  • Accessible technology

Professional Development Opportunities - 14 hours available!

  • Sessions have been approved for LU/HSW by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
  • Sessions can be used for credit for the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP).
  • Sessions are eligible for PDCs from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
  • Sessions are eligible for Recertification Credit Hours from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
  • Sessions are eligible for Clock Hours from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
  • We also offer a certificate of participation for employee development hours. 

Networking Opportunities!

Meet, learn and share with other professionals with similar interests and concerns.   

Registration fee is $459. 

This fee includes:
  • 2 full days of conference sessions, including an option to attend the ADA and Business Boot Camp 
  • 2 continental breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • Pre-conference session
  • Multiple networking opportunities
Attending the ADA and Business Boot Camp only?
The Boot Camp fee is $189. 

Hotel Information

Sheraton Tysons Hotel aerial viewThe Sheraton Tysons Hotel is located in the Tysons Corner area of Northern Virginia, convenient to I-95, the Capital Beltway, I-66, Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport and the Metrorail Silver Line.

To reserve a room in the conference room block for $145 (plus tax) at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel click here: Mid-Atlantic ADA Update 2018 Room Block. You may also call the hotel directly at 1-800-325-3535 and ask for the ADA Update 2018 room block. ROOM BLOCK RATE EXPIRES AUGUST 14.

Hotel Transportation, Parking and Directions

Sponsors and Vendors

TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center would like to invite your organization to participate as a sponsor or vendor at the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update. For more information click on the Sponsor Prospectus below.


These organizations have signed up to support the 2018 Mid-Atlantic ADA Update!


Maryland Department of DisabilitiesWikk Access AbilityMaryland Division of Rehabilitation Services   


  Lift U  


         MobilityWorks              PSS Innovations for Safety               AbleNow                     

             National Aging and Disability Transportation Center                National Rehabilitation Information Center     


     Maryland Relay Dial 711               Virginia Relay You Are Always Connected Providing Accessible Telecommunications since 1991

Amramp Making Life Accessible 25th Anniversary  National Security Agency Where Intelligence Goes To Work             DMS Deschamps Mat Systems

JAN Job Accommodation Network Practical Solutions Workplace Success                            ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program

sComm Freedom through Communication     Capital One

Maryland Department of Disabilities

Wikk Access Ability 

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services 




PSS Innovations for Safety

National Aging and Disability Transportation Center

National Rehabilitation Information Center


National Security Agency Careers

DMS Deschamps Mat Systems, Inc.

Job Accommodation Network

Virginia Relay

ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program

Maryland Relay



Questions about the Mid-Atlantic ADA Update, contact:

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

1-800-949-4232 V/TTY in DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV
or 301-217-0124
or email


The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is a project of TransCen, Inc. (Federal ID #52-1487462; DUNS 627032386) and funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (grant #90DP0089) under the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The content of this conference does not necessarily represent the policy of HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.