Call For Presentation Proposals

2018 Mid-Atlantic ADA Update


Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference

Deadline: March 30, 2018


TransCen's Mid-Atlantic ADA Center invites interested speakers to share their experience and expertise at our conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Mid-Atlantic ADA Update, scheduled for September 4 - 6, 2018 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Tysons Corner, Virginia. 

Please review the information and complete the webform below to submit a presentation. You may also download the Word version of the form and submit it to

Conference Information

2018 marks our 25th annual conference, a 2 ½ day event providing more than 300 participants from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond with up-to-date information on the ADA. This event features speakers from the federal enforcement agencies and other professionals with expertise in all areas of the ADA, including physical access, employment, effective communication, and requirements for state and local governments and businesses open to the public. We re accepting proposals on all topics related to the ADA, however, this year we have a particular interest in presentations in these specific areas: 
  • Topics related to businesses and compliance with the ADA, including physical and digital access, strategies to welcome customers with disabilities and employment of people with disabilities 
  • Access to services, facilities and communication in healthcare settings 
  • Corrections, law enforcement and courts  
  • State and local government – program access and reasonable modifications to policies and procedures 

Speaker Benefits

  • Complimentary registration fee for the entire conference
  • Valuable professional exposure.
  • Copy of the evaluation summary from your session(s).

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee based on the following criteria:

  • Proposal is submitted by the deadline and is complete
  • Relevance of presentation topic to current trends and needs of our audience
  • Innovation, interaction and creativity of presentation
  • Balance of conference schedule across topical tracks

Additional Information

  • Conference breakout sessions will be 90 minutes in length and must include at least 10-15 minutes of Q&A. If your presentation will take longer, please indicate that your topic will require more than one session. 
  • Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2018.
  • Presentations must cover information relevant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
  • The information you furnish may be edited if necessary due to space limitations and will be printed in our materials, publications and on our website.   
  • If selected as a speaker, you will receive confirmation by May 11, 2018 followed by a Speaker's Agreement and other information about the conference.
  • More than one presentation may be submitted for consideration; however, one form per presentation must be completed.
  • The audience at our annual conference is typically a well-informed mix of approximately 300 people including Title II coordinators from state and local governments; professionals within the business community, disability services, rehabilitation, and human resource communities; architects and design professionals; people with disabilities and family members. 
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent via email by May 11, 2018.
  • Proposals not accepted for our 2018 conference will be considered for the 26th Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update, March 27 – 29, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Questions? Contact the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center by email at or call 301-217-0124.

Presentation Submission

Fill out the form below to submit a proposal. You may submit more than one proposal, but you must complete a separate form for each submission. 

no more than 100 words
no more than 500 words
Objectives should be specific and measurable and begin with an action verb. Use verbs such as describe, develop, identify, define, discuss, demonstrate, list, measure, review, state, explain, express, practice, use, apply, etc. For example: "Identify three differences between best practice A and best practice B." This is an important component of the selection process. Abstracts with incomplete or incorrectly formatted Learning Objectives may be returned for revision or may not be accepted. Please identify at least four Learning Objectives.
Briefly describe the presenting experience and credentials or send a resume or vita for each presenter to If you have presented this session before, please list the date(s) and audience.
Please provide a short biography. You may also email the biography to
Please provide a short biography for an additional presenter if necessary. You may also email the biography to
e.g. Title I: Employment, Title II: State and Local Government, Title III: Business, Healthcare, Corrections - Law Enforcement - Courts
Check all that apply

*** Deadline for 2018 Conference Submissions is  March 30, 2018 ***