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Posted on March 1, 2019

Spanning three days, the 2019 International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference will truly include something for everyone. I can’t wait to hit the streets for our very first March for Justice and Remembrance, learn from our accomplished conference speakers, and – most importantly – meet everybody who has signed up to attend. I hope you’ll join us for as many of the conference events as you can.

First things first – if you haven’t registered yet, the time is now! You can find everything you need to know about getting a hotel room here, and everything you need to know about securing your spot in weekend’s events here.

Prior to the official conference kick-off, ADAO will host a screening at the George Washington University of one of the most critically-acclaimed documentaries of 2018: Breathless. The film is a deeply personal look at the asbestos industry’s impact in developing countries, and will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring experts on the social and legal impact of asbestos.

The conference begins on Friday, April 5 with a full day dedicated to community-building. The previously mentioned March for Justice and Remembrance will be held from 11:00 am  – 1:30 pm EST. Beginning at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, we will be uniting to show the world that we must act to solve the man-made asbestos crisis, signs in-hand.  

Next on the agenda is a pleasant sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital aboard Old Town Trolley. The Trolley tour is one of the best ways to see the city, highlighting the best of Washington, D.C., with 20 stops and more than 100 points of interest. For any conference attendees who are uninterested in or unable to join the March earlier in the day, the first tour will be leaving from the hotel at 12:30 pm and running until 3:30 pm. For folks who choose to join the March, a second tour is set for 1:30 pm, also to conclude at 3:30 pm.

We’ll be rounding out the first day’s events with a casual dinner at the Marriott Arlington Renaissance View hotel everyone. The dinner will begin at 6:00pm EST and runs until 8:30 pm EST. We hope you’ll join us.

Saturday kicks off the academic portion of the weekend. We have brought together the world’s preeminent scholars in medicine, advocacy, law, and more – in addition to many asbestos victims and their families – for a life-changing day of presentations and panels. Check in for the event begins at 8:00 am at the hotel, where a complimentary continental breakfast will also be provided.

Our annual “Meet the Artists” reception begins at 6:00 pm, followed by the Gala Awards and Recognition Dinner at 6:30. These events honor the tireless work of advocates all over the world, and serve to both unify and galvanize our movement. Conference guests who wish to attend should note that this portion of the weekend requires an additional ticket separate from your conference registration.

The event will come to a close on Sunday with the annual Unity and Remembrance Brunch. Held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, this event provides far more than a meal. We will hear from a final keynote speaker as well as light a candle in honor and remembrance of those who have fought, and those who are still fighting their courageous battle against Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. We believe it is vital to regroup after Saturday’s summit to cement our new friendships and connections, and we hope you’ll join us.

2019’s conference is our biggest and most ambitious to date. Yet – even with such an engaging itinerary and esteemed speaker list – the most important parts of this event every year seem to be the things we can’t plan.

A hug from a fellow survivor. The conversation outside the hotel that completely changes your perspective on our work. An unmistakable and irreplaceable feeling of “I belong here.” These moments make our conference special, and they wouldn’t be possible without the incredible ADAO community. We can’t wait for you to be a part.

Linda Reinstein

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