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The 10th Annual Accessibility Conference
Call for Presentations
May 29 and 30, 2018 at the University of Guelph

The term ‘diverse abilities’ has multiple meanings and possibilities.  For people who work in information accessibility or universal design, diverse abilities raises the question of how to create accessible content, spaces and devices for users who vary widely with respect to mobility and dexterity, as well as the ability to perceive and process information.  The term, which celebrates difference and emphasizes talents and skills rather than the lack of them, is a key value among those endeavoring to increase employment opportunities for people with differing abilities.  To researchers, educators and policy creators, diverse abilities may raise the question of how disability intersects with diversity issues such as age, language, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.


For its 10th Anniversary, the Accessibility Conference is seeking presentations from speakers who are actively engaged in studying, planning for, or promoting diverse abilities and universal access, either in the above areas or in other social and economic contexts. 


  • Priority will be given to presentations that provide attendees with a framework to move from ideas to action.
  • The Organizing Committee welcomes persons with disabilities, both as presenters and attendees.
  • Review the Presentation Wish List (pdf). Conference participants requested sessions on these themes and topics. (This is a wish list and presentations for 2018 are not limited to this list.)


Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Successful presenters will be contacted in March 2018.

Complete the form below and select 'Next' to submit your form.

Questions? Contact 
Pat Shaver, Open Learning and Educational Support, 
University of Guelph

Conference Stream. Choose one stream that best represents your presentation. 

Session Level

Session Time
Sessions/workshops are typically 45 minutes in length, e.g., 30 minutes for your presentation, 10 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for set-up. If you need a different time frame for your presentation, indicate in "Other" the length of time preferred.

Technology. Each accessible session room is equipped with a screen, projector, podium and microphone. Speakers need to bring their own laptops and if using a Mac, an adapter for the projector. If you have additional technical requirements, e.g., flip chart etc., indicate your A.V. needs in "Other".

Presentation Date. When are you available. I prefer to present on