STARTS JULY 28th, 2020!

Be sure to add to your email contacts/address book!

Due to the worldwide situation with COVID-19, the Association of Travel Instruction has moved the 2020 Annual Conference to a VIRTUAL format. We are excited to continue our 20 year tradition of offering education and information-sharing within the travel instruction world.

  • ATI Members receive FREE access to all 2020 conference content. Registration is required.

  • Non-members receive all conference content for only $50 and will be given complimentary individual membership status through the remainder of 2020!

  • Registration ends June 30, 2020.

  • All sessions will utilize the Zoom platform.

  • We are accepting conference presentation proposals until June 30, 2020. You can find more information and the link to submit a proposal below.

  • The conference will take on a  6-week asynchronous format. Content will be distributed over the course of a 6 week period. Sessions will be recorded and registrants will be able to access recorded content at their leisure. 

  • Live webinar sessions will occur on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Eastern.

  • Q&A sessions will be live on Thursdays at 4pm Eastern. You must participate live on the Q&A sessions to submit questions and participate in discussions. 

  • Please see below for a schedule of conference sessions:

Week 1

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

2020 ATI Annual Conference Kick-off!

Keynote Speaker: Maria Palacios

Thursday, July 30, 2020 – 4:00-5:30pm EDT*

ATI Annual Meeting

*Please note this is a 90 minute session.

Week 2

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Presentation #1: Virtual Travel Training: The New Normal

G. Michael Beigay & Alicia Chico, CEATI

Thursday, August 6, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Q&A for Presentation #1

Week 3

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Presentation #2: Designing and Implementing Virtual Group Field Trips During

Jeffrey Dennis, NJTIP @ Rutgers

Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Q&A for Presentation #2

Week 4

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Presentation #3: Inclusive Transit Planning

Audrey Sellers, Accessible Resources for Independence & Jaime McKay, Maryland Transit Administration/WSP

Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Q&A for Presentation #3

Week 5

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Presentation #4: New Trainer Orientation 6 Day Class

David Abrahams & Steve Garcia, NYC Dept of Education

Thursday, August 27, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Q&A for Presentation #4

Week 6

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Presentation #5: The Dignity of Risk: Teaming Up with the Family During Travel Training

Mary Rosenbauer & John Wardzala, The Kennedy Center

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Q&A for Presentation #5


About our Keynote Speaker

Maria R. Palacios is a polio survivor, disability activist, feminist poet, writer, and artist whose creative expression is one of the tools and weapons of her activism.  She believes that art itself can narrate the story of our collective struggle.  


Maria's work includes various genres of art, ranging from published written collections of rebellious poetic story telling, to passionate spoken word and sarcastic illustrations of disability themed cartoons aimed at calling out ableism.  

Maria R. Palacios is one of the Capitol Crawlers from the iconic march of 1990 that passed the ADA.   Her advocacy, since then, has taken many forms eventually morphing into her current voice --a voice unafraid of sharing the survival stories of the disabled people the world wants to forget.  

 Maria R. Palacios is the author of several publications which include two full volumes of disability centered poetry, women empowerment journals, a book of disability humor and satire, and a collection of poetic story telling through which she shares her personal story of motherhood and disability.   Maria is also a professional workshop facilitator whose work has been presented at various colleges and universities around the nation. She is  a spoken word performer who has been collaborating and performing with Sins Invalid, a disability justice performance organization, since 2007. 


Maria is the founder of the National Womem with Disabilities Empowerment Forum.

In the artistic world, Maria R. Palacios is known as the Goddess on Wheels.


Below is a link to her blog CripStory through which she shares her poetic advocacy, and personal history as a disabled woman.


To invite Maria to speak or facilitate a workshop or event, please email her at




This conference is being offered FREE to all ATI members thanks to the generosity of our sponsors! Thank you to the following sponsors for keeping the ATI Annual Conference alive this year:

MTM, Inc. (Diamond Sponsor)

Transdev (Platinum Sponsor)

McLaughlin & McLaughlin LLC (Friend of ATI)







Raffle Tickets!

We are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win some great prizes! You can buy raffle tickets HERE.

Prizes include:

  • 2021 ATI Annual Memberships

  • $25 Visa Gift cards

Raffle will be drawn following the conclusion of the virtual conference.


Conference Presentation Proposals

Conference Presentation Proposal submission is currently closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted.

Annual Awards

Conference Awards submission is currently closed. Thank you for your interest.


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