2016 Conference Accessibility Initiative

In 2016, the World Institute on Disability (WID) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. partnered with 10 civil rights and community development organizations to make 2016 the first year ever that conference accessibility had a national spotlight.

WID and JPMorgan Chase achieved this by providing accessibility enhancements, such as sign language interpreters, open captioning, accessible transportation, rented mobility devices, sighted guides, scholarships for Disability Ambassadors, and a disability concierge desk, as well as support and training for conference organizers, hotel staff, and A/V teams.

Also, be sure to read about our primary captioner, Deanna Baker, who ensured thousands of people experienced open captioning for the first time in 2016 and who will continue her great work with us as the initiative proceeds.

Organizations Served in 2016

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit our main Conference Accessibility Initiative page to learn about the conferences we partnered with in 2017 and 2018, as well as the conferences we’ll be partnering with in 2019.

Photo Galleries by Conference

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), March 16-19


National Housing Conference (NHC), June 3


National Fair Housing Alliance, June 26-28


NAACP, July 16-20


National Council of La Raza (NCLR), July 23-26


National Urban League (NUL), August 3-6


Florida Housing Coalition (FHC), September 11-14


Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), September 28-30


Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), October 24-27


NeighborWorks America Training Institute, December 12-16


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