Events

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Rogers Centre

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Rogers Centre

The summer would not be complete without a trip to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario to watch the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are beginning the process to build a team to be a World Series contender in the years ahead.  With the experience of veteran baseball players including Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak combined with the emerging talents of the new recruits including Aledmys Diaz, Yangervis Solarte and Randal Grichuk suggests a promising future.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Stratford Festival

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Stratford Festival

The Together We Rock! team attended the production of “To Kill a MockingBird” at the Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario. This large ensemble drama delivers a powerful performance and is a timely reminder that racism still exists in our contemporary world.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Feast of the Fields

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Feast of the Fields

Feast of the Fields was an awesome field-to-fork experience at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) at Durham College, Whitby Ontario. This event featured food stations manned by aspiring student chefs. The melon boats, zesty shrimp and eggplant with maple syrup were some of the amazing sample dishes showcasing produce grown in the CFF gardens. The students from the Food and Farming program led tours through the gardens and fields.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oshawa Wine Festival

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oshawa Wine Festival

The Business Improvement Association (BIA) recently hosted a Wine Festival at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (accessible venue) in Oshawa, Ontario. This evening hosted ten wineries from over 200 located in the Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie, North Shore, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County in the Province of Ontario.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  The Together We Rock!  team is proud to be citizens of the “True North Strong and Free.” Amid all of the festivities, let us take a moment to acknowledge that this great land is First Nations land. As a nation, all of us need to raise our voices to ensure that this reality is never forgotten. We are also a county that welcomes and is strengthened by our diversity. Canada Rocks!

Webinar: Inclusion in Action

Webinar: Inclusion in Action

Nicole Eredics educator, speaker, and consultant is a recognized advocate for inclusive education. Nicole’s successful blog, The Inclusive Class , disseminates information about inclusion through podcasts and printed resources. Nicole has authored a book titled “Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify your Curriculum” to be released by Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. in the Spring 2018. Nicole will be holding a one hour webinar on her book on Tuesday March 27, 2018 at 3:00pm ET on edWeb.net.

Discover Ability Rocks!

Discover Ability Rocks!

The Whitby Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Canadian Business SenseAbility sponsored Discover Ability featuring keynote speaker Mark Wafer. This event was held at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario. As a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Together We Rock! was pleased to be one of the presenting sponsors of this event. An audience of 100 employers and representatives from community organizations attended Discover Ability.

Accessible Performances

Accessible Performances

The live theatre experience has become a little more accessible for people with disabilities in the Regina, Ontario, Canada. The Globe Theatre recently reacted to a request from one of the city’s residents to adopt audio-described performances for people with visual impairments.

Doing Business Differently: Rethinking Disabilities Conference

Doing Business Differently: Rethinking Disabilities Conference

Doing Business Differently is the annual Rethinking Disabilities Conference sponsored by the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN). This conference will be held October 23-25, 2017 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel Toronto North in Richmond Hill.

Accessible Technology Innovation

Accessible Technology Innovation

The Discovery Conference is one of Canada’s premier innovation showcases where, for the past 12 years, some of the brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government come together to display leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in areas of the environment, advanced health, digital media, energy, and communications technologies.

Accessible and Inclusive Design

Accessible and Inclusive Design

Siddhant Shah, an architect, recently wrote an article for Architectural Digest and stated that a building’s esthetics should not only be designed to look amazing, but should facilitate the experience for all, including individuals with disabilities. Smooth polished marble floors, for instance look pleasing to the eye, but they also impede navigation for people who are visually impaired or the elderly. With a little forethought, a floor designed with different coloured tiles to highlight or demarcate sections would act as a guide for the user.

Planning for Accessible Conferences Checklist

Planning for Accessible Conferences Checklist

‘The devil is in the details,’ this should be the motto of every conference planner.  And, the key to a successful meeting is to plan for the full participation and inclusion of every attendee. For conference participants with disabilities, inclusion means making every aspect of the event barrier-free so that they feel welcomed and valued.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are a shared responsibility of everyone in a business or corporation. Robin Pedrelli, in a blog post for Diversity Journal, outlines a broad selection of ways that employees can support their organizations’ efforts toward improving diversity and inclusion.

Toronto Music Strategy

Toronto Music Strategy

In Toronto, Ontario, the Toronto Music Advisory Council has created the Toronto Music Strategy, with the goal of growing the city’s music scene and supporting related creative and business endeavours. However, one thing the strategy lacks is a plan to address the inaccessibility of many of Toronto’s music venues. 

IGNITE Conference

IGNITE Conference

Inclusion BC will hold its 2016 conference in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada from June 23–25. These three days are promised to be full of “inspiration and education on inclusion.” The conference’s theme is “IGNITE” and its goal is to spark ideas, conversations, and change.  The event is cohosted by AimHi, the Prince George Association for Community Living.