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Four Virtual Events to Check out this National AccessAbility Week

National AccessAbility Week

Each year, Canadians with disabilities are celebrated on a national scale from May 29th to June 4th, as National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) highlights the achievements of the disability community and puts the spotlight on increasing accessibility and inclusion across the country.

With a mix of researchers, academics, policy makers, health practitioners and people with lived experience, critical conversations are sure to take place, paving the way for a better world for everyone.

If you’re looking to get involved in the conversation, or simply learn about key topics of discussion, you may want to check out some of these NAAW events.

The First Annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion by Employment and Social Development Canada

This virtual event is easily accessible from the comfort of your home and takes place on May 26 – May 27 with free registration available. It features some of the country’s most prominent disability advocates, community members and innovators with the ability to network and learn about the newest innovations and projects impacting the disability community.

This event also includes a career fair with some of the top employers for diversity and inclusion. Learn more here.

National AccessAbility Week 2022: Moving Forward Together

The Government of Canada is hosting a virtual event on June 1st from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, featuring authentic stories of people with lived experience, who will highlight the importance of making public service accessible to all, and removing existing barriers in place.

This event is bilingual with sign language interpretation and closed captioning available.

The registration deadline is June 1st at 10:00 AM. Register here.

Rick Hansen Foundation Workshops

If you’re looking for variety, check out some of the NAAW workshops offered by the Rick Hansen Foundation. National AccessAbility Week was inspired by Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour and his foundation continues to be committed to the movement today, celebrating Canadians with disabilities and striving to create inclusion in communities and workplaces.

Here are some of the workshops being offered for this year’s NAAW.

Leading Change: Young Disability Champions in Conversation with Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen hosts a panel discussion with three accomplished young Canadians with disabilities.

Learn more and register here.

The Power of Inclusive Workplaces  

This event is designed to get the conversation flowing about disability in the workplace, with emphasis on a pan-disability lens in the workplace.

Learn more and register here.

Enable Ottawa

If you’re looking for the latest trends in assistive and adaptive technologies, Enable Ottawa is the virtual event for you and takes place on May 31st. This event, hosted by Carleton University brings together a lineup of researchers, academics, employers, thought leaders and accessibility professionals to share awareness about emerging assistive/adaptive technologies for people with disabilities and the research behind them.

Register here.

No matter how you decide to celebrate, SCIO wishes you a happy National AccessAbility Week!

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