The National Ataxia Foundation

58th Annual Membership Meeting
Denver, CO
Soaring Mile High for a Cure

**** March 6-8, 2015 ****

 

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The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) Board of Directors and the National Ataxia Foundation North Central Region invite you to attend the 58th Annual Membership Meeting (AMM). Please join us at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, CO to learn, share, network, have fun, and enjoy the sites.

The 2015 AMM will bring together NAF members and their families not only to meet and learn from world-leading ataxia researchers and clinicians, but also to build new friendships and reunite with old friends. Come and be part of the largest ataxia gathering in the world!

 

Sponsors

The National Ataxia Foundation would like to thank the following Sponsors for their continued support.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Athena Diagnostic The FA Project
MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning HB Cares
 

 

2015 NAF Award Recipients

At the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) the National Ataxia Foundation recognized the numerous fundraising events that were conducted in 2014. “I Am The Strength Behind Ataxia” awards were presented to Dr. Brent Fogel, The DeMint Family, and Chadapangu Chandu Prasad George. Dr. Susan Perlman received an Outstanding Achievement award for her exceptional care to ataxia patients over the last 35 years and Dr. Lawrence Schut received a Lifetime Achievement award for his exceptional care to ataxia patients for more than 50 years.

     

  


 

Meeting Registration

The meeting registration is available online starting in Mid-December and in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Generations. Please fill out the registration form completely, including your travel information, as we need all the information to finalize plans. When registration opens, you are encouraged to register before February 6, 2015 to receive the discounted early registration rate. General registration rates apply after February 6, 2015. Registrations after February 27 will only be accepted on-site at the conference. (Additional “on-site” registration fee will apply) If you are bringing an attendant, please register together on the same registration form. Each person who is planning on attending daily sessions, the reception, or banquet needs to register. Event entry will be allowed only with properly registered name badges. The meeting registration fee includes attendance at all sessions, light appetizers at the Friday evening Meet & Greet Reception and a plated meal at the Saturday evening Banquet.

Registration Fees
Before February 6th
NAF Member $125
Non Member $180

After February 6th
NAF Member $150
Non Member $205

After February 27th - On Site
NAF Member $200
Non Member $255

No refunds of registration fees for cancellations received after February 27th. Registration at the door is not recommended.

 

Member Registration Discount

Being a member of the National Ataxia Foundation has its benefits – one benefit is paying a lower registration fee for the Annual Membership Meeting. If you are not currently a member of the Foundation or if your membership renewal is coming soon or if you are uncertain of your membership status, please consider this a great opportunity to contact the office at (763) 553-0020 or joan@ataxia.org. Visit www.ataxia.org to become a member or renew your membership online. This will prevent unnecessary extra fees or errors in your membership status when you register for the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting. Thank you for taking the time to renew or become a member of the National Ataxia Foundation.  

 

Conference Deductions by attendees

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb00-19.pdf
Rev. Rul. 2000–24, page 963 (In part)

 

Medical expenses

Amounts paid by an individual for expenses of admission and transportation to a medical conference relating to the chronic disease of the individual’s dependent are deductible as medical expenses under section 213 of the Code (subject to the limitations of that section), if the costs are primarily for and essential to the medical care of the dependent. The cost of meals and lodging while attending the conference are not deductible as medical expenses under Code section 213.

 

Travel Grant Program

Because of the generosity of several donors, the National Ataxia Foundation is able to offer Travel Grants to help with a portion of the travel costs associated with attending the meeting. Adults or children with ataxia are eligible to apply for a travel grant. Individuals interested in the program are required to submit a Travel Grant application. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 9, 2015. Travel Grant applicants will be notified of the status of their application after the application deadline and after all applications have been reviewed. Visit the NAF website www.ataxia.org to download the application. If you would like an application sent to you in the mail, contact Lori Shogren at (763) 553-0020 or Lori@ataxia.org to request one.

 

Program Overview

The complete meeting schedule will be listed in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Generations and on NAF’s website when available. The following is a brief program overview.

 

Thursday, March 5

Registration Opens – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Come by and get your conference program, name badge, Saturday banquet tickets, and welcome bag. Check in your Silent Auction items and say hi to the NAF Staff and volunteers. Registration will be open Thursday through Sunday morning.

Leadership Meeting – 1-3 p.m. This meeting is designed to provide information and support to NAF’s Chapter Presidents, Support Group Leaders and Ambassadors. The meeting is a valuable resource for volunteers who serve in these appreciated positions. If you are interested in becoming a NAF Support Group Leader or Ambassador, contact Lori at lori@ataxia.org prior to the meeting.

International Ataxia Awareness Day (IAAD) Meeting – 4-5 p.m. Anyone who is interested in learning more about IAAD, organizing an IAAD event, or getting involved in IAAD is encouraged to attend.

 

Friday, March 6

Registration – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General Sessions – 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.. Friday morning will start the General Sessions in the Plaza Ballroom. The General Sessions will incorporate practical aspects in addition to the research and medical topics of ataxia. A 30-minute Question and Answer session will follow the morning General Sessions with a panel of the morning speakers.

Exhibitors – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Set-up available at 8 a.m. Exhibitors will be present from Friday morning through Sunday morning as their schedules permit. If you would like to recommend a company or service provider to be an exhibitor at the meeting please contact NAF at joan@ataxia.org. If you are interested in information about exhibiting you will find more detailed exhibitor information and an application form in the Exhibitor Packet.

Silent Auction Bidding – 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Silent Auction is a fun way to help raise funds for NAF and for you to bid on wonderful items. All items being donated for the Silent Auction are due in the Silent Auction room by Friday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. This long-standing NAF tradition begins on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with the final bidding ending on Saturday at 1 p.m. Good luck! The winning bids will be posted by 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Winners MUST pick up and pay for their items from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Auction items range from something that represents your state or country, art work, sports memorabilia, theme baskets, hand-crafted items, hotel stays and weekend getaways. Bring an item to donate and then have fun bidding on the items of your choice. Thank you for supporting this event and sharing items from your local area.

Activity Room – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The activity room is open to all ages. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is age 18 or older. Temporary NAF Tattoos will be available during Activity Room hours each day. Volunteers will be on hand to help apply tattoos as needed.

Nintendo Wii: An opportunity to observe and play the Nintendo Wii game system will be available Friday and Saturday during Activity Room hours. You can try out the Wii for yourself and ask questions about the Nintendo system. The Nintendo Wii system is being used around the world by those with limited movement abilities who want to stay active. Please limit your time on the Wii so that everyone interested in this product is provided an opportunity to try it.

Balance Board: Balance boards can help maintain and improve balance and coordination for some people.

Books on Display: Some Ataxia related books will be on display with information on how they can be ordered.

Coloring: Coloring activities will be available Friday and Saturday during Activity Room hours. Coloring is a therapy recommended for handwriting. Information describing the benefits of coloring will be available.

Speed Friending: This facilitated session will allow attendees to meet other attendees they may want to connect further with throughout the meeting. Participants are invited to bring a friend and contact cards to exchange Friday at 1pm.

HOT HULA fitness®MATUA 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. This is a dance workout for all abilities and is inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands. MATUA incorporates easy-to-perform dance movements set to the traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with island and 60’s music. MATUA provides the HOT HULA fitness® program “total body workout” while keeping the needs of class members in mind. The workout provides the benefits of dance to participants of all levels from non-active to very active. The workout can be performed a seated or standing position. When standing, participants will need to have a solid chair available for support while standing or to sit in as needed. Support Team Members are encouraged to attend to assist and join in the fun in learning about this program and continuing this routine as one of your at home physical activities. No shoes are required to add to the "island" feel in this class. It’s suggested that participants wear loose comfortable clothing, bring a towel, and drink water throughout the session.

Birds of a Feather (Group A) – 2 - 5 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend small group sessions. Groups will be divided by different types of ataxia or different roles that attendees are experiencing such as spouse or parent. This year the Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions will be offered on Friday and Saturday afternoon with half of the sessions on Friday and the other half on Saturday. The Friday BOF sessions will be referred to as “Group A”. The Saturday BOF sessions will be referred to as “Group B”. The schedule will be available in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Generations and on NAF’s website when available. Please review the schedule for your specific session. This is a tremendous opportunity to meet others who share a similar situation or the same ataxia diagnosis. Previous attendees have said these group sessions were the most valuable segment of the annual membership meeting. Medical professionals will facilitate groups and be available for questions.

Silent Auction Items Due - 12:00 p.m. All items being donated for the Silent Auction are due in the Silent Auction room by Friday, March 6 at 12:00 p.m.

Meet & Greet Reception – 7 p.m. All registered meeting attendees are welcome to attend. Admittance to this event and the snacks that will be served are included with your registration fee. A cash bar will be available. This event will begin with attendees gathering in the seating area designated for their region. Your region will be printed on your name badge. After meeting others in your region, attendees will then have the opportunity to meet with other NAF Bulletin Board and Facebook users in that designated seating area. You are encouraged to prepare contact cards to distribute at this event. Contact cards should only include information you wish to distribute. Information on contact cards have included name, email address, state, and diagnosis/affiliation. Repeat attendees are encouraged to welcome a First Time Attendee. First Time Attendees are identified with a First-Timer Ribbon on their name badge.

 

Saturday, March 7

Registration – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibitors – 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

General Sessions - 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. General Sessions continue in the Plaza Ballroom. A 30-minute Question and Answer session will follow the morning and afternoon General Sessions with a panel of the speakers who presented during those sessions.

Silent Auction Bidding – 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The Silent Auction is a fun way to help raise funds for NAF and for you to bid on wonderful items. This long-standing NAF tradition begins on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with the final bidding ending on Saturday at 1 p.m. Good luck! The winning bids will be posted by 3:30 p.m. Winners must pick up and pay for their items from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Activity Room – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday will continue to have the temporary NAF tattoos, Nintendo Wii, balance board, display books, and coloring available.

Healing through Writing: For this facilitated session, from 1 p.m., interested participants are asked to prepare a writing piece to share. Your piece doesn't have to be freshly written for this event. It can be something you wrote at any time that you would like to share. Anyone is welcome to come share and/or listen.

HOT HULA fitness®MATUA 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. This is a dance workout for all abilities and is inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands. MATUA incorporates easy-to-perform dance movements set to the traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with island and 60’s music. MATUA provides the HOT HULA fitness® program “total body workout” while keeping the needs of class members in mind. The workout provides the benefits of dance to participants of all levels from non-active to very active. The workout can be performed a seated or standing position. When standing, participants will need to have a solid chair available for support while standing or to sit in as needed. Support Team Members are encouraged to attend to assist and join in the fun in learning about this program and continuing this routine as one of your at home physical activities. No shoes are required to add to the "island" feel in this class. It’s suggested that participants wear loose comfortable clothing, bring a towel, and drink water throughout the session.

Family Planning Options Session: 2– 5 p.m. Prospective parents who have been diagnosed with ataxia or are at-risk for ataxia have many options which may prevent the passage of the ataxia gene to their children. This new Birds of a Feather session will discuss various options including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), genetic counseling, adoption, as well as other choices to consider. The TV news show “60 minutes” aired an episode on October 26 that included a piece on PGD. Here is a link to the “60 Minutes” report http://www.cbsnews.com/news/breeding-out-disease-with-reproductive-genetics/.

Birds of a Feather (Group B) – 2 - 5 p.m. This year the Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions will be offered on Friday and Saturday afternoon with half of the sessions on Friday and the other half on Saturday. The Friday BOF sessions will be referred to as “Group A”. The Saturday BOF sessions will be referred to as “Group B”. The schedule will be available in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Generations and on NAF’s website when available. Please review the schedule for your specific session.

Saturday Evening Banquet – 7 p.m. in the Plaza Ballroom. The cost of the banquet is included in your registration fee, however all beverages will be available at a cash bar. The banquet includes a plated dinner entrée that you will select when you register for the meeting. When you arrive at the meeting please reserve your seating and verify your entrée selection prior to the banquet. Volunteers will be at the banquet ticket tables near NAF registration to assist you as you obtain your banquet tickets, select your seating, and confirm your entrée selection.  This is a ticketed event. Your banquet ticket will be required to enter this event. We look forward to a wonderful dinner together and a fun evening of socializing.

 

Sunday, March 8

Registration – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Exhibitors – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

General Sessions – 9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Sunday morning wraps up the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting with a final round of General Sessions in the Plaza Ballroom followed by a Question & Answer Session with a panel of speakers who presented during this time. Don’t miss this general session which includes a wrap-up of all presentations, so if you missed any during the weekend, you will hear highlights of each speaker’s presentation.

 

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Volunteers donating their time contribute greatly to the success of each National Ataxia Foundation Annual Membership Meeting. We need volunteers for the 2015 AMM to be held in Denver, CO on March 6–8. To sign up as a volunteer at the 2015 AMM or for more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Barb and Mike Ofenstein at (303) 903-6903 or barbarao70@outlook.com.

 

ANNUAL MEETING POLICIES

Image Consent Policy

By attending the 2015 NAF Annual Membership Meeting you give your consent, unless you notify us otherwise, to use your image captured during the conference through video, photographs, or digital imagery, to be used by the National Ataxia Foundation in promotional materials, publications, and web site and waive any and all rights to these images.

Filming/Recording Policy

The recording of any audio/or videotaping of conference sessions, or at any venue of the NAF annual Membership Meeting is forbidden, without prior approval in writing by the NAF. PowerPoint presentations along with information on how to purchase recordings of the presentations will be available on the NAF website after the completion of the Annual Membership Meeting. Attendants at the Annual Membership Meeting expect, and deserve, the right to privacy. NAF does photograph and record at the AMM, and will make photographs and other media available for news, educational, and promotional purposes.

Solicitation Policy

Soliciting funds for organizations other than the National Ataxia Foundation or for individual benefit is prohibited at NAF events. Any materials distributed seeking funds for other organizations or for individual benefit will be removed.

 

Meeting Presentations and Recordings

To better serve the entire ataxia community, NAF began having the General Session Presentations audio synched by Digital Conference Providers at the 2010 Annual Membership Meeting. These recordings include the speakers’ audio presentations synched with their PowerPoint slides. The recorded sessions from the 2010-2015 AMMs can be purchased at http://www.dcprovidersonline.com/naf/ or ordered using this Order Form. A limited number of recorded presentations for each meeting are available for viewing at no cost. You are encouraged to take advantage of these sessions offered for free. .

 

About Denver “The Mile High City”

Welcome to Denver, where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty combine for the world's most spectacular playground. A young, active city at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Denver's stunning architecture, award-winning dining and unparalleled views are all within the walking distance from the 16th Street pedestrian mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade of outdoor bistros, microbreweries, shopping and entertainment. The 16th Street Mall offers a Free and Accessible bus that travels 16th Street on a regular basis daily. Free and close attractions to the conference hotel are the Federal Reserve Money Museum and Denver U.S. Mint. Tours of the Denver U.S. Mint fill up quickly. Make your reservation early if you are interested in taking a tour of the Denver U.S. Mint.

Denver really is exactly one mile high. The air is thinner and dryer. Here are some tips to help you avoid altitude sickness:

  • Drink Water - Before your trip to Denver, and while you are here, drinking plenty of water is the number one way to help your body adjust easily to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home.

  • Monitor Your Alcohol Intake - In Denver's rarified air, golf balls go ten percent farther... and so do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol in the mountains and in Denver, as its effects will feel stronger here.

  • Eat Foods High in Potassium - Foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes will help you replenish electrolytes by balancing salt intake.

  • Watch Your Physical Activity - The effects of exercise are more intense here. If you normally run 10 miles a day at home, you might try 6 miles in Denver.

  • Pack for Sun - With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there's 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must. Denver receives over 300 days of sunshine each year (more than San Diego or Miami). Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm... even in winter.

  • Dress in Layers - Two days before your trip to Denver, check the weather and use this information to pack appropriately. Because Denver is closer to the sun, it can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown, particularly in the Spring and Fall. It is best to layer your clothing.

Please visit www.denver.org, http://www.denver.org/about-denver/transportation/accessibility-services/, http://www.denver.org/deals/, and http://drmac-co.org/images/PDFs/GTG2014_ENGLISH.pdf for a complete list of attractions, planning, and transportation information.

Amendment 64, State of Colorado, Use and Regulation of Marijuana
The following link provides information on the laws and regulations in Denver, Colorado regarding medical and retail marijuana. (Source: State of Colorado) https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuanainfodenver/residents-visitors

 

Weather in Denver

In Denver the average high temperature in March is 52 degrees and the average low temperature is 26 degrees.

 

Sheraton Denver Downtown

Sheraton Denver Downtown is the official conference hotel of the 2015 NAF Annual Membership Meeting. Sheraton Denver Downtown is located on the 16th Street Mall and 25 minutes from the Denver International Airport at 1550 Court Place, Denver CO 80202.

Perfectly located on the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade of outdoor bistros, microbreweries, shopping and entertainment, and situated in the heart of Denver’s financial and business districts, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel welcomes you. The 16th Street Mall offers a Free and Accessible bus that travels 16th Street on a regular basis daily. http://www.rtd-denver.com/FREEMallRide.shtml

The majority of guest rooms and meeting space being held for NAF is in the Plaza Tower of the hotel. Access with a Room Key is required in the elevators to reach floors with guest rooms. If you require assistance with the elevator to reach your guest room floor please see a Front Desk Agent. Visit the Sheraton Denver Downtown website http://www.sheratondenverdowntown.com/ for more information.

All guest rooms and public spaces are 100% non-smoking.  A $300 USD cleaning fee will be charged to any guest who violates the smoking policy.  A link to the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Hotel Policies: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/announcements.html?propertyID=3205&language=en_US

 

Internet at the Sheraton Denver Downtown

NAF AMM attendees staying at the Sheraton Denver Downtown will enjoy complimentary internet in their guest room for up to three devices depending on the bandwidth. Attendees will see the complimentary in-room internet option when they login while in their guest room. Additional charges may apply for more than three devices or for internet services selected outside the guestroom.

At the Link@Sheraton all guests at the Sheraton Downtown Denver have access to complimentary high speed Internet access, printing capabilities, docking stations for laptops and more. The Link@Sheraton is a unique virtual and physical lounge space which enables guests to work, relax, socialize, and, most importantly, stay connected. Link@Sheraton Highlights:

  • 8 complimentary computers
  • 3 complimentary printers
  • Docking stations for laptops
  • Conveniently located in the Hotel Lobby next to 15|Fifty

 

Parking at the Sheraton Denver Downtown

Valet parking and Self-parking are available. NAF has discounted parking rates available for AMM attendees. NAF’s discounted rate for Valet is $22 and for Self-parking is $18 daily. All day Saturday & Sunday the daily Self-parking rate is $10.00. The Sheraton Denver Downtown parking garage is located underground with direct access via elevator to the hotel lobby and has a clearance of 6’ 4’’.

Oversized parking – The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel can accommodate a limited number of oversized vehicles at a lot that is nearby, but not directly located at the Hotel. The pricing is $35/per night (pricing subject to change without notice). The Oversized Lot can be accessed through the hotel valet. For more information about the oversized parking, contact Towne Park at (303) 352-2454.

 

Service Dog Information

The service dog relief area at the Sheraton Denver Downtown is located in the Tower Building Port Cocher and at the Civic Center Park.

 

Hotel Reservations

Standard room reservations at the Sheraton Denver Downtown can be made online at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/naf2014.

For guests who prefer to phone in their reservations call Hotel Reservations at 888-627-8405 and ask for the National Ataxia Foundation’s group rate under the name “Nat’l Ataxia Foundation 2015”.  A credit card is required at the time of booking. Notice of cancellation must be received 72 hours prior to your arrival date. Request rooms in the Plaza Tower to be closest to convention spaces.

Reservations at group rate will be available until February 13, 2015. The NAF group rate is $159 + taxes, currently 14.75%. Please note there is limited availability on discounted rate rooms.

 

ADA Hotel Rooms and Equipment

ADA rooms were available on a first-come, first- serve basis. To inquire about the availability of an ADA room at Sheraton Denver Downtown please contact the National Ataxia Foundation at (763) 553-0020 or Lori@ataxia.org. ADA rooms cannot be reserved through the hotel. The width of the bathroom door in the ADA guest rooms is 34 inches.

If you need ADA equipment you are encouraged to bring those items with you or make arrangements to rent equipment locally. Resources to rent equipment can be found in the Denver Services and Resources section of this article. NAF is unable to provide ADA equipment however the Sheraton Denver Downtown may have some extra shower chairs, grab bars, or detachable shower heads available. Be sure and request these items when making your reservation if needed. The width of the bathroom door in the standard Plaza Tower guestrooms is 33 inches. The hotel is able to take the bathroom room door off if necessary in Plaza Tower guest rooms. The width of the bathroom door in the standard Tower guest rooms is 21 ½ inches. The height of the beds in every guest room is 28 inches. .

 

Denver International Airport Ground Transportation

The following information can be used as a guide as you plan your transportation needs in Denver. The National Ataxia Foundation does not endorse products, services, or manufacturers. Those mentioned below are included for your information only. The NAF assumes no liability for the use or contents of any product or service mentioned.

To help you with planning, NAF encourages you to access the links to important websites that will inform you of your rights and your responsibilities when traveling by air. Go to NAF’s website at www.ataxia.org and select the Links tab at the top of the home page. You will be directed to a list of links. Select the category Accessible Travel to find websites such as Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Also visit the website of the Denver International Airport http://www.flydenver.com/.

Passengers requiring any in-flight assistance should contact their airline before traveling. Airlines will generally work with passengers to try to meet their particular in-flight needs. Please note: At the Denver International Airport there are three concourses, A, B, and C and the Main Terminal. In the center of each of these buildings is an Information Booth where travels can seek assistance if needed. We look forward to having you attend the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting and wish you Happy Flying!

The Ground Transportation Information Counter at the Denver International Airport is located in the central area on Level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal. Counter hours are 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. Visit http://www.flydenver.com/parking_transit/transportation_den or call (303) 342-4059 for a complete listing of ground transportation options to and from the Denver International Airport.

 

Wheelchair Transportation – travelers traveling to and from the Denver International Airport can choose from among several companies that provide wheelchair transportation services. Individuals needing this service should make arrangements with a service provider in advance. The door-to-door companies listed below pick up passengers at curbside on the west side of Jeppesen Terminal, level 5.

Dashabout (800) 720-3274
This company requires two-to-three day advance notice
Metro Cab (303) 333-3333
Mobility Plus (Yellow Cab) (303) 777-7777
24-hour on-demand wheelchair accessible service
Mobility Transport Service (303) 295-3900
This company requires 24-hour advance notice
RTD access-a-Ride (303) 292-6560.

RTD Paratransit Services, Access-a-Ride - provides curb-to-curb public transportation to riders who have a disability that prevents them from making some or all of their trips on fixed route buses. This service is sometimes called "ADA Paratransit Service". Access-a-Ride service must be reserved 1-3 days in advance. The service is provided with lift-equipped vans which are scheduled through the Access-a-Ride Call Center office. Access-a-Ride service operates in the same areas and during the same days and hours as the fixed route non-commuter bus service. The service can be used for any trip purpose. The User's Guide on the Access-A-Ride website http://www.rtd-denver.com/accessARide_UsersGuide.shtml provides information about RTD's Access-a-Ride service – who is eligible to use the service, how to request a ride, fares, and other important information. If you still have questions after reading this User's Guide, you can call the Access-a-Ride office at (303)299-2960 or (303)299-2980 if you use a TTY. Upon request, copies of this User's Guide can also be provided in large print, audiotape, or on computer disk.

 

Denver Area Services and Resources

The following information can be used as a guide as you plan your stay in Denver. The National Ataxia Foundation does not endorse products, services, or manufacturer. Those mentioned below are included for your information only. The NAF assumes no liability for the use or contents of any product or service mentioned.

 

Wheelchair Van Rental

AAVans
(888) 880-8267
http://www.aavans.com/colorado-co/denver-handicap-vans-for-sale

Performance Mobility
333 East 76th Avenue
Denver, CO 80229
Toll Free: (877) 864-8267
Phone: (303) 288-0140
http://www.performancemobility.com/locations/denver-north-co/

Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals
250 E. Dry Creek Road, Ste. 114, Littleton, CO 80122
(720) 322-0101
co@wheelersvanrentals.com
www.wheelersvanrentals.com


Personal Care Attendants (PCA)

If you need a personal care attendant, please make arrangements prior to attending the meeting to have someone accompany you or have a PCA hired before you arrive in Denver. Please note that NAF is unable to provide attendant care services. Due to liabilities and health concerns, NAF staff or volunteers and hotel employees are not able to provide PCA services.


Personal Assistance Services of Colorado (PASCO)
(303) 233-3122
http://www.pascohh.com/


Childcare

If you need childcare, please make arrangements prior to attending the meeting. Please note that NAF is unable to provide childcare services. Due to liabilities and health concerns, NAF staff or volunteers and hotel employees are not able to provide childcare services.

Tots on the Spot
(970) 214-8373
http://www.totsonthespot.com


Accessible Equipment, Wheelchair, and Scooter Rentals

Major Medical Supply Brighton
7000 N Broadway
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 654-0720
http://www.majormedicalsupply.com/

nu motion
13450 E Smith Rd
Aurora, CO 8011
(303) 781-1474
Toll Free: 800-525-8586
http://www.numotion.com/

Penfield’s Office Business Center
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
(303) 626-2547
www.penfieldsoffice.com

Scootaround Inc
(888)441-7575
http://scootaround.com/


Apria Healthcare
11600 E 53rd Ave Unit D
Denver, CO 80239
(720) 922-4600
http://www.apria.com/wps/portal/apria/home


Aspen Medical Supply, Inc.
250 E Dry Creek Rd. #114
Littleton, Colorado 80122
Toll Free:877-322-0101 877-322-0101
FREE Local:720-322-0101
Fax:720-322-0111
http://www.aspenmedicalsupply.com/


Pharmacy

Rite-Aid
750 16th St.
(303) 534-7802

Walgreens
801 16th St.
(303) 571-5316
http://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/?tab=Pharmacy


ADA Assistance Office

Denver Office of Disability Rights
201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 1102, 2nd Floor
Denver, Colorado 80202
(720) 913-8480
(720) 913-8475 TTY
http://www.denvergov.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.denvergov.org/disabilities