National ADA Symposium June 16-19 Gaylord Texan Resort Grapevine TX

Register to attend the most comprehensive conference available on the Americans with Disabilities Act!

2019 ADA Symposium Details and Registration

This four-day event provides the latest information on regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies, and best practices related to the ADA. Sessions cover all areas of the ADA including employment, state and local government, business, health care, higher education, and facility access.
These sessions are presented by nationally recognized experts including representatives of the Dept. of Justice, EEOC, US Access Board, and Dept. of Health and Human Services.


Features of the 2019 ADA Symposium include:

  • PreConference sessions.
  • Over 100 break-out sessions
  • Advanced workshops
  • Exhibits and Exhibitor Reception
  • Two full breakfast buffets and three lunches
  • Conference App


Keynote Speaker: Chris Downey

Keynote Speaker, Architect Chris Downey

Chris Downey is an award-winning architect who, in 2008, unexpectedly lost his sight. As profiled in January 2019 by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes, Chris’ life was transformed, of course, but so was his practice. Today, he helps designers innovate with the disabled in mind, but also makes a strong case that designing for and with the disabled actually improves everyone’s experience. In all of his work, he endeavors to achieve greater access, not only of space and information, but also to “delight.” Chris teaches accessibility and Universal Design at the University of California, Berkeley, serves on the Board of Directors for the LightHouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired and has a gubernatorial appointment to the California Commission on Disability Access.

As one of the few practicing blind architects in the world, Chris has been featured in local, national and international media stories and speaks regularly about his many “outsights” (aka insights) since losing his sight. 

2019 ADA Symposium Sponsors

2019 ADA Symposium Exhibitors