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SAVE THE DATE – DECEMBER 16, 2009

9th Annual Making A Difference Discovery Day

 "Making Accessible Travel & Tourism a Reality in Georgia"

Presented by

Georgia Council On Developmental Disabilities

In collaboration with

G3ict, Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies

And

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Renaissance Concourse Hotel Atlanta Airport

One Hartsfield Centre Parkway  ~  Atlanta, Georgia 30354

8:00 a.m. ~ Registration and Continental Breakfast

Executive Briefing   ~   Speakers   ~   Panelists   ~   Luncheon

 

  "Making Accessible Travel & Tourism a Reality in Georgia" 

Why travel?  Why tourism?  Americans with disabilities spend an average of $14 billion annually.  In Georgia, tourism is the second largest industry.  Each year, visitors spend an estimated $25 billion in Georgia.  Georgia has an opportunity to be a leader in disability advocacy in this industry.  This half-day executive seminar will focus on accessible travel, tourism, transportation and technology, ensuring that all destinations are available to anyone, regardless of ability.

Keynote:

Eric Lipp, Executive Director

Open Doors Organization 

Eric Lipp, founder and executive director of Chicago based non-profit Open Doors Organization (ODO), is author of the 2002 and 2005 ODO Harris Polling Market Study on Travelers with Disabilities and recipient of the 2003 ASTA Access to   Freedom award.  He is a frequent speaker at travel industry trade shows, such as US Travel Association, National Restaurant    Association, Airports Council International and National Tour Association.  Established in 2000, ODO has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, as well as prominent travel and entertainment trade publications.

Guest Moderator:

Richard Warner, Host of “Georgia’s Business” on GPB-TV and CEO of What’s Up Interactive

Confirmed Speakers:

o       Aeolian Solutions, llc

o       Center for the Visually Impaired - Georgia

o       Delta Air Lines

o       G3ict, Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (UN)

o       Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

o       Georgia Department of Economic Development

o       Georgia Institute of Technology

o       Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

o       IBM Research

o       Shepherd Center

 

Please Mark Your Calendar for:

December 16, 2009 ~ 8:00 a.m. ~ 1:30 p.m.

 

This event is by Invitation only. Reservations are required.

Please contact:

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

 Valerie M. Suber,  Public Information Director

vmsuber@dhr.state.ga.us or (404) 657-2122