General Accessibility of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
A curbside drop-off for wheelchairs and sidewalk curb cut-outs are located at each corner of the convention center perimeter. There are also ramps leading from the 9th Street and 7th Street corners to the doors at the Mount Vernon Place entrance. Automatic doors are located at the Mount Vernon Place, L Street, and Metro (7th and M Streets) entrances.
Inside the convention center, meeting rooms, exhibit halls, and public areas are all served by conveniently located elevators. Telephones, drinking fountains, and restrooms throughout the building are wheelchair accessible. The taxi curbside cut-out located at Mount Vernon Place is available for wheelchair drop-off/transfers. ADA ramps are accessible from either end of Mount Vernon Place.
Elevators – Passenger elevators located throughout the Center provide access to all public areas of the building. Elevators are alarm-equipped with two-way communications to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Command Center and have tactile Braille call buttons inside and outside the cars. Please note that only those with accessibility and companion bracelets will be allowed to use the elevators.
Restrooms – All of the convention center’s restrooms are accessible to persons with disabilities and contain stalls, sinks and mirrors that are wheelchair accessible.
Service Animals – Trained service animals are permitted in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with proper supervision.
Getting to the Show
Metro – The Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro station on the Yellow and Green Lines is located only a few feet from the Convention Center’s 7th and M Streets entrance. Use the short stairway or the elevator located just inside the entrance doors to reach the concourse.
Please note, however, that registration for most meetings and other events is normally reached via the Convention Center’s main entrance on Mount Vernon Place, located three blocks to the south via 7th Street.
For information about Metro accessibility, please visit the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority’s website at www.wmata.com.
Parking – There are twelve designated public parking spaces designated for vehicles displaying disability parking placards/permits or license tags in the following locations:
· 7th Street between L Street and Mt Vernon Place (3 metered spaces)
· 9th Street between Mount Vernon Place and L Street (3 metered spaces)
· 9th Street between L Street and M Street (3 metered spaces)
· 9th Street between M Street and N Street (3 metered spaces)
All of these handicapped spaces are accessible at the sidewalk side; although the spaces are not marked for wheelchair transfer. These spaces are public parking spots and are on a first come first serve basis. We cannot reserve these spaces. There is no public parking inside the building. There are parking garages and lots available in order to accommodate events at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and other downtown venues. The hours of operation and hourly rates vary at each facility, so please be aware when leaving your vehicle.
Accessibility and Companion Bracelets
Awesome Con is happy to provide a variety of services to help you enjoy your experience! We provide accessibility bracelets and companion bracelets for those with mobility, vision, or hearing difficulties that allow attendees and companions wearing accessibility and companion bracelets to skip lines for autographs and photo-ops and sit in designated seating for panels.
To receive an accessibility and companion bracelet, please request one when you pick up your badge or wristband from the registration desk. If you have received your badge by mail, you may pick up an accessibility and companion bracelet from the special needs desk.
For panels, just make sure you’ve lined up at least 20 minutes early to whichever event you’re attending. If you have trouble standing in line for long periods of time, please speak to a staff member or volunteer about bringing in a chair or having your companion wait in line for both of you.
Panel rooms will have designated accessible seating toward the front of the room. If you need assistance finding that seating, please ask a Brute Squad volunteer or Awesome Con staff member. Some panels rooms may be cleared after events. Please speak with the staff or volunteers if you plan to stay for the next event about where to properly line up.
Note: While staff will always do their best to make accommodations, once “General Loading” begins, accessibility seating is NOT guaranteed. Qualification for services does not guarantee availability of seating.
ASL and Digital Program
ASL interpreters are available on limited capacity. Requests received after this date may not be able to accommodated. You may check at the special needs desk for information on ASL interpreter availability not requested in advance. Panels that have requested ASL interpretation have been labeled in our guidebook app and online schedule.
Digital copies of our program can be found on website (http://www.awesomecon.com) as well as through the Guidebook App on mobile or electronic devices.
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