Awesome Con strives to create an inclusive and friendly environment for all of its attendees. We are happy to provide a variety of services to help you enjoy your experience!
Getting to the Show
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 most of Awesome Con will be 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.
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.
Additionally, if you would like to reserve parking in advance that is not these spaces, you can do so through Spot Hero or Parking Panda.
Accessibility and Companion Bracelets
Awesome Con provides accessibility bracelets and companion bracelets for those with mobility, vision, hearing, or other difficulties that allow attendees and companions wearing accessibility and companion bracelets to skip lines for autographs, and photo-ops and has access to seating for panels after VIP seating and before general admission. There will be some designated seating, however, you are not required to sit in those seats if you do not want to.
To receive an accessibility and companion bracelet, please request one from the special needs desk in Hall E/Registration.
For panels, please make sure you’ve lined up at least 30 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. Our Main Stage and other large programming rooms may be cleared after events. Signs will be posted indicating which spaces will be cleared between sessions. 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 the availability of seating.
ASL and Other Requests
ASL interpreters and other services are available in a limited capacity. Requests for ASL interpreters should be placed through our application form by June 11, 2017. Requests received after this date may not be able to be 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. You may pick up a paper copy of the ASL schedule at the special needs desk.
Please be aware that Awesome Con covers a large portion of the convention center and can require a lot of walking. Registration covers about a city block, the Main Stage is about another city block and the exhibit hall is about three city blocks, which amounts to over a quarter of a mile of walking.
Requests for wheelchairs and other mobility devices can be made through our preferred partner Scootaround. Awesome Con does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices for the event, but you are welcome to have one delivered to the convention center (room 141 or 142) for pick-up when you arrive at the show. Please make sure to contact them early to reserve your mobility device as they cannot guarantee to have something available for same day requests.
We also have a quiet room available for those who require a bit of quiet away from the show located on the first floor in room 157.
Additionally, if you are a nursing mother, we have a mother’s room available in Salon D.
General Accessibility of the Convention Center
A curbside drop-off for wheelchairs and sidewalk curb cut-outs is 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 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.
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 or those with strollers will be allowed to use the elevators.
All of the Center’s restrooms are accessible to persons with disabilities and contain stalls, sinks, and mirrors that are wheelchair accessible.
Trained service animals are permitted in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with proper supervision.
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