It is widely understood that the practice of accessibility is about more than following a checklist. Policy-makers and web, document and media creators recognize that it is critical to understand the needs of users with disabilities, include them in the design process, and ensure they can access the final product.

Yet, as public and private organizations address long overdue issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity (IDE), this raises new questions for people who work in the field of accessibility: How is accessibility understood through the lens of IDE? How is accessibility impacted by IDE issues? If disability is a single facet of a person’s identity, can we be accessible if we only address accessibility needs?

We invite you to join us for this year’s "Virtual" Accessibility Conference focusing on the relationship between accessibility and inclusion, equity and diversity.

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!

Session Themes Include:

  • Conference Theme: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA11y) - Current research, personal insights and experiences, and practical policies focusing on the relationship between accessibility and IDE
  • 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, interpretation of key accessibility policies and guidelines, discussion of 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, creation of accessible infographics, video captions 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.


Conference Details

"Virtual" Conference: Tuesday, May 24 to Thursday, May 26, 2022

Stay in touch! Add your name to the Accessibility Conference Contact List to receive the call for presentation and conference updates.

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.