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Shortly after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I was an MPI delegate to the board of the Convention Liaison Council—the previous name of what is now the Convention Industry Council (CIC). Speakers were invited to address and inform the board about topical issues, such as music licensing and the ADA, that impacted our industry and each organization. Cricket Park, then deputy executive director of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), and now, the Rev’d C.B. “Cricket” Park, rector, The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, Md., addressed us about the ADA and its impact on the meetings and hospitality industry.

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I previously worked with Shane Feldman as a consultant at RID. I asked to interview “Facebook friend” D’Arcee Charington Neal after reading of his horrific situation with an airline. And Stacy Patnode Bassett married an Ohio friend, Michael Bassett, and I’ve gotten to know Stacy through her Facebook posts and blog.

New design said to make sitting in middle airplane seat significantly less terrible. Agree? @joesentme #eventprofs

Airbnb CEO speaks on disrupting hotel industry @meetDMAI #eventprofs #meetingprofs

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#CripTheVote: Disabled People in Public Service (via Storify)

[Not So] Accessible On-Board Lavatories – Flying Disabled (via Airline Reporter)

Was This Passenger Taken Off a Flight Because of His Disability? (via WNEP)

Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network Information (via IDA)

5 Ways to Improve Intergenerational Interaction
It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned my generation (baby boomer) was the “center of the universe”! I’m sure in my formative years it was said how much influence we had and yet the research was far less sophisticated than it has become.

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First
Meeting professionals—planners in particular—are hardworking, often selfless people who put others first. It’s our role, isn’t it, to ensure all details of a program will go off without a hitch and to put in place a safety and security plan to protect those who attend the meetings and events we do? Alas, we often don’t do the same for ourselves.
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