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ADA Update Conference/Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (Grantsville, PA)

June 02-03, 2015   |   Organized by: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Presents ADA In Focus Pennsylvania


ADA In Focus Pennsylvania

Date: June 2, 2015 - 1:00pm - June 3, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Presents
ADA In Focus Pennsylvania
A one-day conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey
Exit 80, I-81 - 604 Station Road - Grantville, PA 17028


Please join us to learn from the experts on the ADA!
Morning plenary panel session featuring speakers from Federal Agencies:

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

Keynote Address:
Naturally Better: How Accommodations and Flexibility Benefit Workplaces
C. Scott Wyatt
Visiting Assistant Professor, Carnegie-Mellon University

Afternoon breakout sessions topics including:

  • Employment – Title I
  • Access & Design
  • State & Local Government – Title II

Pre-Conference Session: "ADA Overview" on Tuesday afternoon, June 2: No Additional Cost
Early Bird Registration fee is $124 through May 1
After May 1 registration fee is $149.

ADA Networks LogoMid-Atlantic ADA Network members can save an additional $25!

ADA In Focus Pennsylvania

Event Time
Pre-Conference Session: ADA Overview 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT, June 02, 2015
Early Registration 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT, June 02, 2015
Registration 8:00 am EDT June 03, 2015
Welcome – Marian Vessels, Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center 9:00 am EDT June 03, 2015
Federal Panel Presentations Moderated by Laura Owens, President, TransCen, Inc. 9:15 am EDT June 03, 2015
Break 10:15 am EDT June 03, 2015
Federal Panel Questions and Answers 10:30 am EDT June 03, 2015
Lunch provided by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center 11:45 am EDT June 03, 2015
Keynote Speaker: C. Scott Wyatt, Carnegie-Mellon University - “Naturally Better: How Accommodations and Flexibility Benefit Workplaces” 12:30 pm EDT June 03, 2015
Break 1:00 pm EDT June 03, 2015
Conference Breakout Session # 1 1:30 pm EDT June 03, 2015
Break 2:45 pm EDT June 03, 2015
Conference Breakout Session # 2 3:00 pm EDT June 03, 2015
Adjourn 4:15 pm EDT June 03, 2015

C. Scott Wyatt, Visiting Assistant Professor, Carnegie-Mellon University

Faculty and students see a professor teaching business communication at a leading research university. Business clients see a technology entrepreneur and consultant. The arts community sees a produced playwright and creative writer. My family and friends, however, know that what I am today is a part of a continuing journey through and around physical and cognitive challenges towards professional success. At this moment, I am a visiting assistant professor of business communications at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests include the rhetoric of special needs and accommodation, with attention to public policy and economics. I also serve on the board of directors of the Autism Connection of PA. With Dr. Andrew Gordon at the University of Southern California, I am studying autism and self-identity in virtual spaces following the publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Before pursuing my doctorate, I worked in the real estate financial industry and was an entrepreneur. A former high school instructor and I launched a computer consulting business in 1987. Since that time, I’ve been a business partner in a computer store, a bookstore, and other small businesses. I am also a produced playwright, with my shows A New Death, The Gospel Singer, and Women Say… premiering in 2014 at different Pittsburgh theaters.

I was born in Visalia, California, in 1968. My arrival was not routine. I was a Franklin breech delivery, with arms behind my head. The physician resorted to using forceps. Delivery resulted in brachial plexus injuries, spine trauma, cranial fracture, temporal lobe damage, left arm broken, and right side paralysis, which lasted nine months. I still have partial paralysis and atrophy of the right arm from Erb’s Palsy. I had to wear a back brace for scoliosis for five years during middle school and high school and have had physical therapy throughout my life. Though they were told I would be cognitively impaired for life, my parents don’t tolerate giving up or making excuses. You can always ask others for help, and that isn’t the same as giving up. Maybe I am not the youngest person to earn a doctorate, but I did earn it — with the support of many people. Imaging reveals specific left frontal and temporal lobe injury…. Characteristics of high-functioning autism, resulting from the brain trauma, are apparent. - 2006 medical review My transition to higher education was not easy. I attended six different colleges along the way, encountering physical and social barriers to success. I withdrew from three of the colleges, struggling to find the acceptance and support necessary for academic success. Education, essential to success in our economy, is also one of the least accessible and tolerant spaces in our society. I succeeded because my friends and family offered the supports others did not. The completion of my master’s degree was possible because I found a great mentor who helped me navigate the social and political environment of a large state university. It’s often one mentor that makes the difference between success and failure. While living in Minnesota, I required eye surgery for base membrane dystrophy. The partial loss of vision during my last year of study added to the normal challenges of completing a doctoral degree. Yet, my wife was there to help me make deadlines and prepare for the courses I taught.

Success is built on the acceptance, mentoring, and direct assistance provided by others in our lives. And in return, our kindness and support contributes to personal success.

Registration Dates

Apr 01 - Jun 01, 2015


Holiday Inn Harrisburg - Hershey

604 Station Road

Grantville, PA US

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