ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL INSTRUCTION
20TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AUGUST 12-14, 2020
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Conference Hotel Information
Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 St. Clair Avenue NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
Please use this booking link to book your room at the conference event rate of $154
This link will provide a discount through July 21, 2020
Conference educational sessions, Wednesday networking social, and Thursday luncheon will be held at this hotel.
Full Conference EARLY BIRD Registration (ATI Members) - $225.00
Full Conference EARLY BIRD Registration (Non-Members) - $275.00
Single Day EARLY BIRD Conference Registration (ALL) - $100.00
Additional Thursday Luncheon Ticket - $50.00
Each attendee must submit a separate registration.
Registration fees can be paid instantly and securely within the registration form by debit or credit card or you can select to pay later, pay by check or have a purchase order sent.
Single Day registration can only be used for one day (Wednesday or Thursday) and only one Single Day registration is allowed per person.
Conference session details will be sent out to membership after they have been selected and the conference schedule is finalized. The 2019 DRAFT conference schedule is available for reference:
Sponsorship opportunities are available!! We offer advertising opportunities in our program as well as activity sponsorships throughout the conference. Click HERE to sponsor us! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Each year the Association of Travel Instruction provides deserving professionals and trainees in the field of travel instruction and travel training the opportunity to apply for an award and several scholarships.
THE JACK GORELICK AWARD
Each year, the Jack Gorelick Award is presented to an outstanding supporter or practitioner of travel instruction. This is the highest Award that is given by ATI each year and it is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated the spirit and intent of Jack Gorelick in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the life stream of our communities through independent travel and the use of public transportation by all people.
JACK AND HELEN GORELICK SCHOLARSHIP
The Jack and Helen Gorelick Scholarship was established in recognition and appreciation of the praiseworthy work being done by hands-on Travel Trainers and Travel Instructors. The scholarship is to be provided annually to advance the knowledge and skills of Travel Trainers and Travel Instructors through education and participation at meetings and conferences. The ultimate purpose is to further the opportunities of Travel Trainers and Travel Training Instructors to enhance the lives of those receiving services.
One scholarship in the amount of up to $750 will be awarded annually to an outstanding Travel Trainer/Travel Instructor selected by the ATI Board of Directors to be applied towards the cost of attending the ATI Conference. Recipient must be a member of ATI, either organizational or individual, for at least two years. Self-nominations are accepted.
TERRY MOAKLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Terry Moakley Memorial Scholarship was established to recognize a new Advocate, Travel Trainer or Travel Training Instructor who has become involved in supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community through the use of public transportation, travel training, and mobility options. The ultimate purpose is to further the opportunities for new Travel Trainers, Travel Instructors or Advocates to enhance their knowledge in order to help them provide the best service possible to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. New Travel Trainer/Travel instructor is defined as working less than two years in the field.
In the first 14 years of the Association of Travel Instruction, Terry Moakley played many roles: founding member, past president, active participant in all the Conferences, initiator of the newsletter, grant writer for the ATI video, and friend and supporter to many members. A generous man with a gentle manner in delicate situations, a great sense of humor, a belief that all things were possible, and the ability to persevere to achieve a goal, Terry was determined to make accessible transportation and travel training an integral part of the national conversation. Terry worked tirelessly towards securing accessible transportation for all and for travel training as the means to bridge the gap that may exist between an individual and the independent use of transportation. As Jim Weisman, a close friend of Terry’s for many years and through many disability rights and access struggles said, “Terry was a visionary about something that most people don’t care about and because he was, he changed the world. He was really a pioneer.”
JUANITA CURTIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Juanita Curtis Memorial scholarship is a scholarship to attend the 20th Annual ATI Conference in Cleveland, OH. The scholarship covers the cost of attendance to the conference. Eligible applicants will be former or current Travel Training Trainees or people with disabilities who are transit advocates. The goal of this scholarship is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a professional conference and provide insight and input into the field of travel instruction.
Regular attendees at ATI Conferences will remember a quiet woman with a discerning eye, a listening ear, and a sense of adventure. Juanita Curtis regularly accompanied her husband, Thomas Curtis, to the conferences. Those of us fortunate enough to spend time with Juanita eagerly awaited her arrival. Like a forward scout, Juanita explored each of the host cities, especially areas close by the Conference site, and returned to share the local treasures she found with us. We were then able to use our “free” time to see, hear, and learn about these “treasures” that there would have been no time to research and find ourselves. Juanita found them for us in what appeared to be an effortless manner. A musician, a teacher, a parent, a soul-mate to Thomas, Juanita became a special and cherished friend to many ATI members, sharing stories, experiences, and lessons learned from a life well and fully lived.
Conference Presentation Proposals
We are also currently accepting presentation proposals. There are 45-minute and 60-minute time slots available. Proposals will be accepted on any topic related to travel instruction. Please fill out the Conference Proposal form here to be considered.
If you have questions, please email Conference Chair Kristen Salkas at email@example.com. Proposals are due by 5/15/20 and presenters will be notified of the status of their submission by 5/31/20
Registration AND payment must be received on or before July 15, 2020 to receive the discounted early bird rate. On July 16, 2020 rates will increase and any unpaid registrations will be charged at the regular increased rate. There will be no refunds of conference registration payments after July 24, 2020. A refund request must be made in writing and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before that date. Refunds will be distributed after the conference, minus a $25 administrative fee.
IMPORTANT: If ATI has not received payment by July 24, 2020 your conference registration will automatically be cancelled. Due to planning and contractual requirements with the hotel we must have a final count of all paid attendees prior to the conference.