2016 Accessibility Conference

The University of Guelph’s 2016 Accessibility Conference will be held May 30 and 31, 2016, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The theme of the event is “In Letter and Spirit: Realizing the Vision of the AODA” (the AODA being the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). The conference welcomes novices and experts in the area of accessibility. Presenters will share their knowledge about issues, leadership, and research in the field of accessibility, including regarding digital accessibility, inclusive design, adaptive technologies, and accessible teaching and learning. Programming is relevant to academic professionals and individuals in the private and public sectors.

To focus their choices of sessions, attendees have the option of selecting from seven streams. These streams include: “Accessibility in the Workplace,” “Countdown 2025: Accessibility in Ontario,” “Document and Media Accessibility,”” Leading for Inclusion,” “Inclusive Teaching and Learning,” “Realizing the Vision of the AODA,” and “Web Accessibility.” Additional workshops will be held June 1, focusing on creating accessible digital documents.

In the evening on May 30, Guelph Accessibility Camp takes place at the Bullring on the university campus. This event is free, and will involve participant-driven discussions in an “unconference” style. The moderator will be Athol Gow, the manager of Library Accessibility Services at the University of Guelph.

The conference is intended to be inclusive and affordable. Fees for the conference vary depending on student status and university affiliation. Ontario public service employees are eligible for discounted registration, and support persons may attend events with registered participants at no additional cost.

To access registration forms and find out more about the conference, visit its website here