Join us this spring for the Annual Accessibility Conference at Rozanski Hall on Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Workshops are scheduled for Friday, May 26, 2023.

The Accessibility Conference is a fragrance-free zone. Please respect the health and sensitivities of others and refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, hair products, etc.

Registation is now open. Register today and enjoy early bird savings! 

Call for Presentations: The 2023 University of Guelph Accessibility Conference

Recent social and technological developments hold promise for advancing accessibility. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence are enabling people with disabilities to overcome barriers in their personal and working lives. Provincial and national accessibility legislation is addressing equity and ableism issues. Are these and other trends indicative of a steady shift to a more accessible and inclusive society?

The Accessibility Conference Organizing Committee invites you to submit presentations on recent social, legislative or technological developments and their implications for a barrier-free, inclusive future.

The Organizing Committee is interested in both traditional presentations and 'unconference' session proposals focused on the Conference theme, as well as web, document and multimedia accessibility, access technology, and the AODA and other relevant legislation. Priority will be given to proposals that identify drivers for creating cultural change and provide attendees with practical steps to move from ideas to action.

The Organizing Committee welcomes persons with disabilities, both as presenters, session leaders and attendees.


News & Updates

The Call for Presentations is now closed.

Conference Details

Conference Dates: Wednesday, May 24 & Thursday, May 25, 2023

Workshop Dates: Friday, May 26, 2023

Location: Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph

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Session Themes

Conference theme: Looking forward – Current research or personal insights into recent social, legislative or technological developments and their implications for a barrier-free, inclusive future.

Access Technology (AT) – Demonstration of assistive technologies and how they enable people with disabilities to succeed in the worlds of education and work, discussion of emerging AT trends, best practices for access technology support, etc.

Accessible Teaching and Learning (ATL) – Topics related to accessibility in education from a personal to global perspective, including accessibility barriers faced by post-secondary students, explorations of academic accommodation issues for students with disabilities, and strategies for supporting diverse learners.

Accessibility Theory, Policy and Compliance (ATPC) – Examples of how to foster a culture of accessibility in the workplace, school, or community, innovative AODA compliance strategies, interpreting key accessibility policies and guidelines, discussing national and international developments with respect to accessibility standards.

Document and Media Accessibility (DMA) – Introductory to advanced sessions and workshops on Microsoft Word and PDF document remediation techniques, creating accessible infographics, video captioning and description, etc.

Web Accessibility (WA) – Introductory to advanced web accessibility sessions and workshops, inclusive design techniques for web content creators, web accessibility compliance processes for large organizations, etc.

About the Accessibility Conference

The Annual Accessibility Conference welcomes both accessibility novices and experts, and encourages attendees to build communities and exchange ideas. The Conference is committed to hosting a high-quality and affordable event that is an inclusive and equitable experience for both presenters and attendees.

The Conference program includes both practical and theoretical sessions. We seek to ensure that our content is relevant and valuable to all attendees, including those who work in post-secondary education, the public and private sectors, as well as the general public. There's something for everyone!

Conference Questions or Assistance

If you have questions, require assistance or would like to share feedback, please email our Conference Support Team or phone us at 519-767-5000.