Services & Accommodations

Services & Accommodations

The Geological Society of America strives to create a pleasant and rewarding experience for every attendee and is committed to providing universal access to our meeting.

Below you will find specific information on a variety of topics to assure your needs are met. If you have other requests that are not addressed below, please feel free to contact us (

Accessibility info at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Accessibility info at the Westin Pittsburgh Hotel
Accessibility info at the Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh International Airport ACCESS ADA Paratransit Service

Services & Accommodation Requests

If you would like to talk with someone to request accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, alternative formats) please check the box during the registration process and a GSA staff member will follow up with you. Advanced notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


If you have dietary considerations and have registered for a ticketed event, field trip, or short course that includes a meal, please check the Dietary box during the registration process. Gluten free (GF), vegan (V), and vegetarian options will be available. For all other requests GSA Meetings Dept. staff will follow up with you after you have registered for the meeting. After 26 Sept., we cannot guarantee the availability of a special meal.

Self-Care Room

This multi-purpose room can be used to carve out space for you to nap, meditate, or get your mind away from a state of anxiety into a state of relaxation. The room will be available Sat.–Wed., 15–18 Oct., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. To access the room please stop by the GSA Registration area for a key to and location of the room.

Nursing Suites

On the second level of the DLCC, we offer a dedicated space for parents of newborns/infants to be used as a private space for nursing mothers. When at the DLCC, please ask a staff member for the location and how to gain access.


The David L. Lawrence Convention Center does not allow animals into the building except for service animals.

Assisted Hearing Devices

GSA has assisted hearing devices, Williams Sound PockeTalker, available for use during the meeting. Please visit the Annual Meeting Staff Office in DLCC to check one out. All you’ll need is an ID.

Communications Access Realtime Translation

GSA is partnering with Visible Voices to provide their Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services for all Pardee Keynote Symposia, Presidential Address & Awards, Noontime Lectures, Special Lectures, and the Halbouty Distinguished Lecture. CART is an instant translation of the spoken word into English text. The text then appears on a laptop, monitor or other display depending on the environment. CART requires the skill of a trained stenographer with the ability to write at speeds of up to 225 words per minute with 98 percent accuracy.

KultureCity® Certified—Sensory Inclusive Building

The DLCC has partnered with KultureCity® to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. Sensory bags containing noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, feeling thermometer, sunglasses and verbal cue cards are available. A Quiet room is available on Level 2, Concourse A, and Headphone Zones are clearly marked. Guests can download the free KultureCity® app to view the available sensory tools and the social story detailing the items featured at the DLCC. See our social story.


Are you seeking childcare services during your visit to GSA Connects? Jovie is a nationwide reliable and vetted service provider. The services can be offered at your hotel or home, they offer a flexible service plan.

Please contact the Pittsburgh office and schedule an appointment:


Please contact Nikki Rimer on Calendly to schedule an appointment

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