Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this the first participant-driven event on digital accessibility?
  2. How much does it cost to participate in the event?
  3. How can I sponsor the event?
  4. Are you a registered charity or a non-profit?
  5. When and where is the event taking place?
  6. Who should attend the event?
  7. What topics will be covered at the event?
  8. I want to present on a topic, how does that work?
  9. If I present, am I expected to have a slide deck?
  10. If I present on a topic, what AV will be available?
  11. What's happening for lunch?
  12. How do I indicate disability-related accommodation requests?
  13. Will there be WIFI at the event?
  14. Is there a Twitter account I can follow for the latest information on the event?
  15. Is there a Twitter hashtag for the event?
  16. Where can I stay if I am coming in from out of town?
  17. Can I get help finding a roommate to help cut down on hotel costs?
  18. Will there be event T-Shirts?

Is this the first participant-driven event on digital accessibility?

#a11yTO Camp is part of a series of sister events whose focus has been on digital accessibility and users with disabilities. Since 2009, these have taken place in: Washington D.C., Boston, Guelph, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Tokyo, Seattle and Los Angeles. Visit the Accessibility Camp website to learn more about the broader community.

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How much does it cost to participate in the event?

While camp is free, we encourage a donation of $10 or more. This will help cover for some of the camp's expenses like materials, food, and accessible accommodations.

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How can I sponsor the event?

If you are interested in supporting the event, send an e-mail to a11ycampto@gmail.com.

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Are you a registered charity or a non-profit?

#a11yTO is 100% volunteer driven. Sponsorship and funding is funneled back into #a11yTO events and group activities. From time to time we will share donations to notable foundations within the accessibility community.

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When and where is the event taking place?

Thanks to event sponsors OCAD University and The Inclusive Design Research Centre, Accessibility camp Toronto will take place Saturday November 5th, 2016 on OCAD's campus at 100 McCaul Street in downtown Toronto (google map).

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Who should attend the event?

Whether you are just getting started or advanced in your knowledge on digital accessibility, a student, professional, or a person with a disability, the event is for you. It is an opportunity for designers, developers, usability, accessibility, other IT professionals and users with disabilities to share and interact with each other. Whether you spend all, some, or none of your time working in digital accessibility, so long as you have an interest, you should register to attend.

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What topics will be covered at the event?

Sessions will be determined and posted on our website before camp begins. Here are some of the general topics that you can expect.

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I want to present on a topic, how does that work?

Topics will be collected and either single person or panels lasting 45 minutes will be slotted into the schedule. Three sessions will run concurrently. No one is guaranteed a presentation slot, this is determined based on interest of fellow attendees.

For anyone thinking of presenting, please read How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.

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If I present, am I expected to have a slide deck?

If you end up presenting, you are welcome to use a slide deck. However, given the informal nature of the event, it is not a must. Bryce Johnson with Accessibility Camp Seattle explained it best when he said: "we want to emphasize conversation and reduce presentation." If you choose to provide handouts, you are responsible for making sure to bring accessible formats (e.g., Word, tagged PDF). E-mail a11ycampto@gmail.com with any questions. For anyone thinking of presenting, please read How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.

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If I present on a topic, what AV will be available?

All rooms will have data projectors. You are responsible for bringing your own laptop, if you choose to use a presentation deck. You'll also be asked to provide an electronic copy to be linked to the event site after the event.

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What's happening for lunch?

Lunch will be provided free of charge to registered attendees. Be sure to indicate any dietary requirements when you register.

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How do I indicate disability-related accommodation requests?

Please indicate whether you will need disability-related accommodations on the registration form. As this event is funded through sponsors, accommodations will be available based on funding received. You will be contacted to confirm accommodations prior to the event. All disability-related accommodations must be received no later than October 19th to allow for time to confirm appropriate arrangements.

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Will there be WIFI at the event?

There will be free WIFI at the event.

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Is there a Twitter account I can follow for the latest information on the event?

The Twitter handle for Accessibility camp Toronto is @a11yto.

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Is there a Twitter hashtag for the event?

The Twitter hashtag for the event is #a11yto. We encourage folks attending in person and remotely to use the hashtag.

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Where can I stay if I am coming in from out of town?

Accessibility information is available at Access Guide Canada, planat and AXS Maps.

Local Hotels

Toronto Transportation

Parking

If you are driving, paid parking is available near the University at:

For more information, email a11ycampto@gmail.com.

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Can I get help finding a roommate to help cut down on hotel costs?

If you want to cut down on costs by trying to find someone to share a room, drop an e-mail to a11ycampto@gmail.com. As people make themselves known, you will be put in touch and then you can go from there.

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Will there be event T-Shirts?

Sponsorship depending, it would be great to have T-Shirts, wouldn't it? Time will tell.

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