Upcoming Meeting

In light of the recent classification of the COVID-19 virus as a global pandemic, the NARRTC executive committee has concluded that we will not be able to hold our annual meeting in Pentagon City as scheduled on April 2 and 3.  This was not a decision that we made lightly, but we cannot endanger the health and safety of our communities. We ask that members and attendees cancel their hotel reservations and travel plans immediately.

We are currently working with the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City and the Marriott Corporation to reschedule our conference at a later date. We will apply collected registration fees to the rescheduled conference to ease the burden of registering again, and to reduce financial strain on our small organization.

We realize that this is disappointing news, and request your patience and compassion as we determine our next steps.  If you have a question that requires immediate attention, please contact myself at or Wendy Strobel Gower.


Jae Kennedy, NARRTC President

2020 NARRTC Conference

April 2 and 3, 2020

Telling Our Story: Past, Present, and Future

Conference Registration: cvent.me/ZQQEva

Ritz Carlton – Pentagon City
1250 South Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202

Room Reservations: book.passkey.com/e/49990839 
  • Start date of room rate: 4/1/2020
  • End date of room rate: 4/3/2020
  • Deadline (no changes permitted):  March 2, 2020
  • Room Rate: $299 per night


Thursday, April 2, 2020 (Day One)
8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration
8:45 am – 9:00 am Opening Remarks 
9:00 am – 10:00 am  Keynote Speaker
10:15 am – 11:15 am  Concurrent Sessions
11:15 am – 12:15 pm  Concurrent Sessions 
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Buffet Lunch and Business Meeting
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm NIDILRR Roundtables
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions 
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm  Poster Session
Friday, April 3, 2020 (Day Two)
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am Mentor Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:15 am   Keynote Panel
10:30 am – 11:30 am  Concurrent Sessions
11:45 am – 12:45 pm NARRTC “Best Paper Award”
12:45 pm – 3:00 pm Updates from NIDILRR and ACL & Buffet Lunch

Questions regarding the 2020 NARRTC Conference should be directed to Dana Barton, the conference chairperson.

NARRTC Conference Registration: cvent.me/ZQQEva

Registration Amounts
  • Student:  $125
  • Members:  $300
  • Non-Members:  $400

Pre-Conference Workshop,

(April 1, 2020POSTPONED – new date TBD will coincide with rescheduled NARRTC Conference

Outreach to Policymakers

Learn about which strategies are best for sharing research information with state and national policymakers. NARRTC and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) are co-sponsoring a free pre-NARRTC conference workshop for researchers funded by NIDILRR on Wednesday afternoon, April 1, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Hotel-Crystal City. Space allowing, we may invite non-NIDILRR-affiliated researchers.

Outreach to Policymakers: Mark Bayer of Bayer Strategic Consulting will lead an all new, interactive, in-person workshop presenting proven and research-based strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and in grantees’ home states. Restrictions on lobbying will also be addressed.

A few weeks before the workshop, registrants will be invited to participate in a pre-workshop webcast to orient participants to the event and to address specific questions about meeting with policymakers. Webcast details will be sent to workshop registrants.

 Date and time:

April 1, 2020, 12:00–4:30 p.m. (Eastern)

  • 12:00–12:30 p.m. – Registration and refreshments
  • 12:30–4:30 p.m. – Interactive workshop

 Location: Potomac Room 1-3; Embassy Suites Hotel-Crystal City; 1300 Richmond (formerly Jefferson Davis) Highway, Arlington, VA 22202). Phone: 703-979-9799.

Sleeping rooms are $251/night, and a free shuttle is available that passes the Ritz-Carlton hotel/Pentagon City Metro stop.

 Register now: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5250972/register-2020-outreach-policymakers