IAAPA News - Event Preview - July 2018

IAAPA Operators Forum 2018 to Spotlight ADA

by Juanita Chavarro Arias

1807_news_operators_forumImplemented in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and places open to the public. ADA ensures people with disabilities experience inclusive environments and accessibility in society and their daily lives. IAAPA Operators Forum 2018—held at Six Flags Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, New York—will offer an in-depth study of what ADA means to attractions, showcasing strategies for developing and delivering successful accessibility programs at facilities.

From Oct. 2 to 4, attendees will learn about ADA through immersive classroom sessions and hands-on practical training led by experienced facilitators and park operators, while networking with like-minded individuals from the industry. Through the program, participants will gain a better understanding of the guest experience and discover methods for creating a more accessible attraction.

The three-day event begins on Tuesday with an opening reception to welcome facility managers, directors, general managers, owners, and operators to Six Flags Great Escape. After breakfast on Wednesday, participants will dive into learning about ADA with in-classroom education sessions, followed by lunch and an in-park learning program in the afternoon. Attendees looking to jump-start the final day of the event will have the opportunity to take part in the Early Riser Run on Thursday morning before wrapping up their Operators Forum experience with education sessions.

Space is limited, and the registration fee includes meals and programming. IAAPA Operators Forum 2018 participants will earn seven continuing education hours applicable toward IAAPA Certification.

To receive more information, visit www.IAAPA.org/OperatorsForum.