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Workplace Accommodations:
State of the Science Conference
September 15-16, 2005
Georgia Tech. Conference Center, Technology Square
Atlanta, GA

This conference will establish a national dialogue on the current state and future directions of workplace accommodations. The conference format will include plenary sessions, paper presentations in breakout sessions, and extensive opportunity for networking and discussion. A goal of the conference will be to develop an agenda for future directions in research, service delivery, and product development based on user needs for workplace accommodations.

The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners (i.e., rehabilitation engineers, rehabilitation counselors, occupational therapists), policy makers, product designers, employers, and employees with disabilities who are interested in improving access to the workplace for people with disabilities.

Conference Information


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Thursday, September 15

9:00 Introductory Plenary Sessions:

12:00 Keynote Speaker and Lunch (included): Sharon Rennert, EEOC

1:30 Concurrent Presentations / Development of Agenda for Future R&D:

5:15 Breakout Group Reports

6:00 Reception - Sponsored by NISH

Friday, September 16

9:00 Consumer Panel

10:00 Concurrent Presentations / Development of Agenda for Future R&D:

11:30 Working Lunch with Breakout Groups (included)

1:45 Breakout Group Reports

2:30 Adjourn


Please register via Georgia Tech's Professional Education web site:

If you have problems accessing the registration form, contact us by email at or call 800-726-9119 (V/TTY).

Continuing Education

CEUs (1.0 credits / 10 hours) will be offered through Georgia Tech's Professional Education.


The two-day conference will be held at the Global Learning and Conference Center / Georgia Tech Hotel in Atlanta, GA. It is located at 84 Fifth Street between the intersections of Spring Street and Fifth Street and Williams St. and Fifth Street. For more information and directions to the Global Learning & Conference Center, visit or call 404-385-3500.

Hotel / Lodging

Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the conference-site and off-site hotels directly. We still have a couple of accessible rooms available at the conference hotel. If an accessible room is required, you must contact the Work RERC to make arrangements.

The conference hotel:
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Phone 800-706-2899
Fax 404-838-2099
800 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Rates: $132 (ask for "Workplace Accommodations" conference)
The conference hotel is now supposedly full, however, you may want to check back for cancellations.

The conference off-site hotels (approximately 0.7 mile walk):

Wyndham Midtown Atlanta
Phone 404-873-4800
Fax 404-870-1530
125 10th St., NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-4006
Closest MARTA station: Midtown (1 block)
Rates: $159/169 regular

Renaissance Hotel
Phone 404-881-6000
Fax 404-815-5010
590 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Closest MARTA station: North Avenue (1 block)
Rates: $169+

For information on Atlanta, visit at

Airport Transportation

The Atlanta Metropolitan area offers several convenient and cost-effective travel options between the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the conference site and hotels. Below is a list of several options:

Conference Parking

Parking will be available at the conference site parking garage and will be included in the registration fee. Remember to ask for a parking voucher at the conference registration table.


Key Sponsors:

We would also like to thank NISH for sponsoring our reception on Thursday evening.

Contact Information

For more information or if you have problems accessing the registration form, contact us by email at or call 800-726-9119 (V/TTY).