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2018 Summit FAQs



Who do I contact in case of emergency while at the Summit?

Regardless of the type of emergency, please notify No Barriers staff as soon as possible! If you cannot location a staff person, please call the No Barriers Summit Emergency Hotline below:

• No Barriers Summit Emergency Hotline: 413-842-4503

• NYC Non-Emergency Police Dispatch: 646-610-5000

• NYC Emergency: 911

• Mt. Sinai Hospital: 212-241-6500

• MedRite Urgent Care: 212-695-4444

Is the No Barriers Summit accessible?

Yes. For any questions/needs please reach out to summit@nobarriersusa.org

We will provide Braille, large print, audio description, ASL, CART, ramps and other tools to ensure everyone will have full access.


What is No Barriers LIVE?

No Barriers LIVE is an inspirational and exciting special event featuring celebrity speakers, entertainers and performers who bring the essence of No Barriers to life through live experiences, music, performance, storytelling, innovation and more!


Are there costs associated with joining the No Barriers Class of 2018?

Selected applicants are responsible for any necessary transportation to attend the No Barriers Summit NYC, necessary lodging and additional meals.* There will be no registration fee for attending or for the required online activities.

No Barriers may be able to help offset expenses for select, qualified individuals who may need financial assistance to attend the No Barriers Summit NYC. If you are seeking assistance, financial or otherwise, please note this on your application and a staff member will follow up with you if your application is accepted.

*Lunch and snacks will be provided on Friday, Oct. 5; Concessions will be available for purchase on Saturday, Oct. 6, at No Barriers LIVE.


What is the No Barriers Questival?

Started by outdoor apparel company Cotopaxi, Questival is the world’s best outdoor adventure race. The city-wide scavenger hunt is made up of teams of 2-6 people who will compete for prizes by completing challenges that encompass adventure, service, local arts and much more! You’ll rack up points using the Questival App and explore the city in this unique, team-building experience while you learn more about living a No Barriers Life.




What is included in the online educational activity?

The online educational activity will provide members of the Class of 2018 with pre-work for the No Barriers Summit NYC. This will include information on the No Barriers Life Elements, as well as exercises to help prepare you for the No Barriers Summit, allowing transformation throughout the event. Following the No Barriers Summit NYC, members of the class will also gain access to ongoing activities to help provide additional resources to support living a life of purpose.


Am I qualified to apply for the No Barriers Summit?

To keep the No Barriers Summit intimate, collaborative and interactive, we keep the experience limited to 1,500 members. Unfortunately, not all those who submit an application will be offered acceptance into the No Barriers Class of 2018. We are looking for a diverse group of leaders who live or aspire to live a No Barriers Life.


When can I register?

Registration will happen on an ongoing basis. The timing will depend on the date of application submittance and acceptance.


If accepted into the No Barriers Class of 2018, is my family welcome to join me at the No Barriers Summit NYC?

As a member of the No Barriers Class of 2018, you will grow through challenging and transforming experiences – both individually and as a community. We ask that you be fully present. All members of your family are welcome to apply. Please note that each member must fill out his/her own application. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied at all times and cannot attend activities on their own.


Can I bring my caretaker?

Yes. If you are bringing a caretaker, please indicate this on the application.




What airport should I fly into?

There are three main airports that serve New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in southern Queens, LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in northern Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in Newark, NJ.


How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

Each individual is on his/her own to get to/from the airport. Taxi is the easiest way to get to Manhattan, but most expensive. JFK and Newark airports are about an hour’s ride into Midtown Manhattan and LaGuardia is approximately 35 minutes. Rental cars are also available at all airports, however we do not recommend this as cars will not be needed once in the city.

From LaGuardia
By taxi, the metered fare averages $25, plus tolls and tips, and covers all passengers. A shared bus/van is also available for less, however travel time can be longer.

From JFK
By taxi, the flat fare is $45 and covers all passengers. AirTrain JFK is a light rail service that is also available. It is cheaper and similar in travel time. The service terminates at the Howard Beach, Queens, subway where you can catch the A train (subway) to Manhattan. Or take the AirTrain another 3 miles into the Jamaica station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad or the subway to Manhattan.

From Newark
By taxi, the flat fare averages $60 and covers all passengers. You can also take AirTrain Newark, which connects the airport to Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station.


Is there a host hotel?

Yes. The No Barriers host hotel is the Grand Hyatt New York. Thanks to our partners at Hyatt, we are able to offer a room rate of $289 + taxes through the No Barriers Summit room block. Lodging information is listed on the Around NYC page. Various accessible rooms are available upon request.

How do I arrange for an accessible ride?

TLC recently launched Accessible Dispatch, a service that provides wheelchair accessible yellow and green taxis for trips originating anywhere in the give boroughs. Passengers pay the normal metered taxi far in New York City from the point of pick-up to destination. There are no extra costs to passengers.

• Download the mobile app “Accessible Dispatch NYC” at your iOS or Android phone App Store

• Order online at mtm.ridewithzoom.com

• Call the dispatch center directly: 646-599-9999

• Call 311 / NY Relay 711

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