Accessibility at ASBH Annual Conference

ASBH is committed to providing an outstanding experience for all participants at its events. We strive for access to all activities—to the fullest extent possible—at these events based on an awareness of participants' needs and appropriate planning.

During the registration process, you are asked to indicate the area(s) in which you will need assistance. If you select, “I have other needs, please contact me”, you will be connected via email with an ASBH staff member to discuss the specific accessibility accommodations you are requesting.

We ask that all requests for reasonable accommodations at our live events be made as early as possible, and well in advance of the event, so that we may best meet individual needs. On-site requests will be met to the best of our ability; however, available resources may be limited.

For any questions or concerns about accessibility at live events, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Due to the large size of most of the event, venues for sessions and activities are often spread out over a wide area, and distances between locations can be considerable.

ASBH does not provide wheelchairs or scooters for attendees; however, The DLCC has complimentary non-motorized wheelchairs available for guests to use while on site. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are located at the East Lobby security desk, West Lobby security desk, and the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom, Presented by Dollar Bank, security desk. Wheelchairs are not permitted to leave the property. For more information on where to rent a motorized wheelchair or scooter contact Gary Reder at the Pittsburgh Wheelchair Exchange: (412) 241-5121 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hearing Impairment

We recognize that hearing needs and hearing-related accommodations span a wide spectrum. Your email response to detail your needs is very important in helping us plan for your accommodations. An ASBH staff member will contact you to discuss your responses and obtain additional information.

Vision Impairment

Priority seating can be found at sessions and activities that take place during the ASBH Conference.

Food Restrictions and Allergies

Please note in your email response what your allergy restrictions are. At the conference please let a banquet service staff member know your restrictions and you will be accommodated as needed.

Service Animals

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know in advance if you have a service animal. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

Session Room Setting

Each session has a priority seating area set aside for wheelchairs or scooters.

The plenary stage has a ramp to ensure all attendees are able to reach the stage with ease.

Each session room is set with a podium and head table to ensure the speaker is accommodated.


ADA-designated hotel rooms are set aside for individuals requesting them. Please make your hotel reservations as early as possible, as there may be a limited number of accessible rooms available at each property. If you need assistance booking an ADA-designated room, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


All Port Authority buses are wheelchair ramp equipped and can offer transport to a maximum of two (2) passengers using wheelchairs simultaneously.

All Port Authority light rail vehicles are ADA accessible with one wheelchair position at the opposite end of each car, for a total of two (2) for a single car, or when two-car trains are in operation, a total of four (4) that can be utilized simultaneously.

For airport assistance, please contact TSA Cares for additional travel services. This program provides travelers with special needs information on what to expect at airports' security checkpoints along with whom to contact if additional assistance is needed.

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Personal Consideration Rooms

At the Annual Conference there will be a room set aside at the convention center nursing mothers. Please inquire at the ASBH registration area where you may request a key—staff will direct you to where the room is located. Please note that these rooms are not staffed, refrigerators are not provided, and ASBH is not responsible for items left in the rooms.

Other Accommodations

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or have a need for assistance in an area not discussed above.

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