The University of Toronto’s commitment to accessibility is described on its website as follows:
“It is the University of Toronto’s goal to create a community that is inclusive of all persons and treats all members of the community in an equitable manner. In creating such a community, the University aims to foster a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of all persons.”
Information on and links to campus resources arising from or related to Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) can be found here: University of Toronto’s AODA Office
Accessibility at Conference Venues
The main buildings for the sessions and plenaries are wheelchair accessible and detailed information about accessibility for the main conference venues is listed below.
Isabel Bader Theatre
Art Gallery of Ontario
We will post signs by campus buildings and have volunteers on hand to guide conference attendees to the appropriate entrances.
The University of Toronto Campus Map also provides information on accessible entrances for all buildings on campus.
If you plan on travelling via public transit we recommend that you consult the TTC’s Handbook for Accessible Travel before arriving in Toronto. The handbook has information on wheelchair accessible stops and includes an accessible route planner. Not all the subway stops on the TTC are wheelchair accessible yet, including Museum Station, which is the closest subway stop to the conference venue. It has two exits, both of which require climbing stairs. The closest TTC stop with a wheelchair accessible entrance/exit is Bloor/Yonge Station. It is a ten-minute walk from Victoria University. Bay St Station is not wheelchair accessible, but has escalators from the platform to street level. It is a six-minute walk from the conference venue.
The Northrop Fry Centre in Victoria College will be available to attendees as a family room. There are no sinks - but it will have a diaper changing station and tables and chairs as well as WiFi. Attendees can use it as a rendezvous room for partners and kids, or a place to relax with a tired child. The room is intended as a place where you can feel more comfortable; especially too, where partners or baby-sitters can wait without feeling out-of place at the conference.
Room 206 in Victoria College will be available for attendees to use as a lactation room.
Room 108 in Emmanuel College will be available for attendees to use as a quiet space throughout the conference.
There is a dedicated Muslim Prayer Space downstairs in Emmanuel College, room 006. There are Ablution Facilities in EM 004. There is a multi-faith prayer space in EM 005.
There will be marked, dedicated accessible seating in the front row of every session room. If you wish to use this seating and would like a blue identification sticker to attach to the back of your nametag, they will be available at the registration desk.
Please vacate these seats for anyone who needs them, regardless of whether or not they present a blue sticker.
If you require Sign Language Interpreting Services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.