GHC Accessibility FAQs

You can request accommodations both before and during the event by emailing Additionally, you can visit the Info Desks located onsite for assistance. We’re dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone at GHC 24.

Accessibility features for Grace Hopper Celebration are listed below.


Who should I contact for ADA-related inquiries?

There will be staff around the venue and at the information desk who are specifically tasked with assisting attendees who need special accommodations.

For other ADA-related inquiries, contact for all necessary information and assistance.

What should I know about event accessibility?

Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) entrances and exits will be equipped with ramps and there will be specified areas for accessible queuing. Information and registration desks will be low enough to accommodate those in mobility aids or other reasons for height differentials.

For virtual attendees, the website and virtual event portals provide easy interface with assistive technologies such as screen readers, captioning or sign language interpreters.

Will gender-neutral bathrooms be available at GHC?

Yes, gender-neutral restrooms will be available at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC).

Will ADA Shuttles be available to help with transportation to the venue?

Shuttles will be running to nearby hotels for transportation to the venue. Attendees can request an ADA shuttle (notating the day and time needed) for transportation to the venue. If requesting an ADA Shuttle more than 24 hours in advance, please email If booking the shuttle within 24 hours of when you need it, we will provide the phone number for you to call closer to the event date.

If I choose to drive, what are my parking options?

PCC does not have parking. If you are driving, you will need to utilize the parking garages and surface lots in the area. For accommodations, reach out to Philadelphia Parking authority for more information to plan your trip.

Will there be dedicated ADA seating in all rooms?

Yes, ADA seating will be available in all rooms (Mainstage, Breakouts, Workshops). Onsite, an ambassador or temporary staff member will guide you to these spots. If you require assistance with hearing devices, they will also direct you to the technicians.

Are ASL interpreters available?

There will be an ASL translator at the Mainstage throughout the event, with ADA seating directly in front of the translator.

For in-person attendees that need 1:1 translating assistance throughout the event, ASL interpreters are available by reservation. We will connect attendees with a translator and facilitate the exchange of information, so attendees can locate the translator onsite. Email to make reservations.

Virtual attendees will see this as a Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature.

Can I use my listening devices at GHC?

In-person attendees can bring their own tech for the technicians to plug in during any given session.

Will there be closed captioning available?

Closed captioning will be available for Mainstage and Plenary sessions.

How can I rent a wheelchair or scooter via Scootaround?

Scootaround is proud to provide wheelchairs, scooters, powerchairs, rollators, oxygen equipment, and more to enhance your GHC 24 experience. Scootaround is located at the FedEx office on Level 2 of the PPC, outside of Exhibit Hall B.

Your mobility device can be reserved in advance and will be waiting for you onsite. Daily and weekly rates are available. Operators are available seven days per week. For more information, call (888) 441-7575, email Scootaround, or visit the website.

Are therapy animals permitted at the PCC?

Per the Philadelphia Convention Center: Trained and certified guide dogs or service animals for guests with disabilities are permitted.

Will childcare be provided?

Attendees can request nannies during Grace Hopper Celebration through our partnered service, Philadelphia Nanny Network. will subsidize a portion of the cost, and childcare availability is first come, first served. We will link to the specific GHC childcare registration page closer to the event.

Will there be lactation rooms onsite?

Lactation rooms will be placed in different areas of the venue for attendees who need to pump. Please note that these rooms do not have refrigeration facilities, and no items should be left unattended. For more clarification, please reach out to

Will there be any multi-faith rooms available onsite?

Yes, there will be a space reserved for those who participate in daily prayer. The information desk or any event staff can direct you to this room.

What are Quiet Zones?

Quiet Zones are serene and meditative areas that provide a tranquil space with seating and a relaxing environment, ideal for brief meditation or taking a brief break from the crowd. There will be a quiet zone available at both the PCC and the Marriot Philadelphia Downtown. The information desk or any event staff can direct you to the Quiet Zones.

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