American Therapeutic Recreation Association


Annual Conference

September 9-12, 2017 | Orlando, FL


Wednesday, September 6, 2017
If you do not live in Florida, your hotel reservation has been cancelled to accommodate hurricane evacuees.  You do not need to contact the hotel, and there is no penalty for this cancellation. However, if you are a Florida resident and want to keep your hotel reservation, you must contact the hotel by 8:00 tonight by calling the hotel directly at 407-351-1000.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Laura Albrecht immediately at 703-234-4050 or  


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The ATRA Board of Directors Executive Committee met on September 5th to discuss the ATRA Annual Conference. It is with much regret that we announce ATRA is cancelling the conference due to safety concerns affiliated with Hurricane Irma and its potential path into Florida.

Please understand that this decision was made with your safety as our primary concern. It is our responsibility to act to ensure that we maintain the safety of the attendees and vendors (and their families) who planned to join us next week. The uncertainty of the weather coupled with potentially difficult travel situations brought us to this decision.

The ATRA Board of Directors will meet again this week to discuss how to deliver our planned content to you by rescheduling the conference at a later date. As decisions are made we will communicate those to you via our website, Facebook page, Twitter and email.

Regarding your travel plans and registration:

ATRA will begin to process registration refunds next week.
You may cancel your hotel room beginning now, without penalty. The Hilton has made this promise to us, and will not hold people to the 72-hour cancellation policy.
Don’t forget to contact your airline and rental car company.

We greatly apologize for this inconvenience. We were all looking forward to an amazing Annual Conference next week. Thank you to those who worked so hard on the program and events.
The ATRA Board of Directors and Conference Committee members appreciate your understanding of these circumstances. Please take good care and be safe



Register Today! Online Registration Closes September 6! 


ATRA's 2017 Annual Conference will be held at the DoubleTree at the Entrance to Universal Studios. You may reserve your room at the hotel here. 

Looking to share a hotel room at the conference? We've created a google doc for you to sign up and reach out to other interested attendees. ATRA is not responsible for assisting you in finding a roommate, but hope it helps those looking.


FINAL Program is here!  


Need help getting financial assistance from your workplace? We've created a justification toolkit for you to use. It includes a cost breakout and draft letter to your supervisor. Hope it helps!


Student membership requires proof of enrollment to be activated. It can be as easy as e-mailing a class schedule to An active Student membership is necessary to be eligible for the student member registration rate. Membership are typically activated on Fridays with a confirmation e-mail.




Have questions about the conference? Click here for our FAQ page.

Want to know more about Orlando and what will be going on when you are there? Click here

Need to pay by check? Click here to get printable registration form.

Cancellation/Refunds: All requests for refunds must be made in writing to ATRA. Cancellations marked before August 23, 2017, will receive a full refund minus $50 processing fee. After August 23, 2017, refund requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. No refunds will be made after August 30, 2017. Refunds will not be made for no-shows.