Adult learners in a classroom with the words "Accessibility Statement" in white overlayed at the bottom left of the image

 

Our vision of a future where there is “enough, for all, forever” really does mean for all. Increasing ease of access for people of every identity and ability and aligning our work with our values and vision of the future is at the heart of transforming our economy, systems, and practices. We acknowledge this is a practice we have to keep working at, so we might not get it all right, but at the Gathering, this is how we worked to support accessibility and align with our values.

 

  • Offering a pay-what-you-can fee so financial access is less of a concern
  • Providing lists of spaces with free wifi for individuals without a secure internet connection, upon request and availability subject to COVID restrictions.
  • Access to technical equipment (computers, headphones, speakers, etc) for the duration of the conference
  • How-to guides for participants and presenters
  • Closed captioning during the plenary and panel discussions1
  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters during the plenary and panel discussions2
  • Enabling the universal keyboard function on Zoom
  • Acknowledgement of the ongoing need for consent in a digital space. Our guiding document for digital consent can be found here.
  • In every decision possible, we purchase and contract with local suppliers, focusing on social enterprises and cooperatives creating job opportunities for local people.
  1. Captioning in Real Time (CART) is available for all plenary and panel discussions. Workshops running concurrently will have closed captioning via the Zoom auto-generated captioning.
  2. American Sign Language (ASL) will be available for all plenary and panel discussions. Workshops running concurrently will not feature ASL. If you require ASL translation for any Gathering workshop we’d be happy to accommodate! Please reach out to Genevieve Dack-Tittley before November 30th, 2021 at genspark@ccednet-rcdec.ca.
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