1. 2019-2020
    1. CAN Summit 2019
  2. 2021-2022
    1. CAN Connect Forum: Showcasing Accessibility through the City of Ottawa
    2. CAN Connect Forum: Accessibility in Procurement 
    3. CAN Connect Forum: A Post-Secondary Conversation  
  3. 2022-2023
    1. CAN Connect Forum: Post-Pandemic Employment of Persons with Disabilities 
    2. CAN Connect Forum: Accessibility Planning Tips and Best Practices
    3. CAN Connect Forum: Increasing Accessibility with Assistive Technology
    4. CAN Connect Forum: Accessibility in the Built Environment
    5. Insights into the Deafblind Community Panel

2019-2020

CAN Summit 2019

On the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we introduced CAN (the Canadian Accessibility Network); the new Pan-Canadian, multi-sectoral community that is advancing accessibility in Canada and beyond.

This single-day immersive event brought together present and future CAN partners to engage in thought provoking idea-sharing forums to yield those collective moments of inspiration that tackle barriers to accessibility and create change.

2021-2022

CAN Connect Forum: Showcasing Accessibility through the City of Ottawa

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN)’s first CAN Connect Forum: Showcasing Accessibility through the City of Ottawa!  

During this lunchtime session, City of Ottawa’s Lucille Berlinguette-Saumure, Program Manager for Accessibility, and Megan Richards, Accessibility Specialist, facilitated a panel discussion with key members of their team as they showcased the City’s strategic initiatives, including an overview of the accessibility of City services, accessibility standards within the built environment and construction projects, and the City’s digital accessibility plan 

Watch the recording below:

CAN Connect Forum: Accessibility in Procurement 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Deidre Guy, Founder and President of Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC), and Jeff Wilson, Founder and CEO of Adaptability Canada, share their knowledge and expertise related to accessibility in procurement.

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CAN Connect Forum: A Post-Secondary Conversation 

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Across Canadian post-secondary institutions, there are a variety of shared strengths and challenges regarding accessibility. This CAN Connect Forum provided an opportunity for attendees to interact in an informal, open environment, sharing experiences and learning about the successes and challenges faced at post-secondary institutions. 

This event was not recorded.

2022-2023

CAN Connect Forum: Post-Pandemic Employment of Persons with Disabilities 

Tuesday, May 17th 2022

This CAN Connect Forum provided the opportunity for attendees to interact in an informal, open environment, sharing what we’ve learned during the pandemic about employment of persons with disabilities and considering how we can identify and create more meaningful employment opportunities for persons with disabilities post pandemic. 

This event was not recorded.

CAN Connect Forum: Accessibility Planning Tips and Best Practices

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

Accessibility plans are an important step towards enacting change within an organization. But creating an accessibility plan and implementing it can be challenging, especially for organizations that are developing plans for the first time. At this CAN Connect Forum, panelists with many years of accessibility planning experience shared their expertise, best practices, and tips for organizations of all sizes.

Watch the recording below:

CAN Connect Forum: Increasing Accessibility with Assistive Technology

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

The “Increasing Accessibility with Assistive Technology” session provided an engaging, collaborative discussion about how to make workplaces increasingly accessible and best suited for the transition from education into work. 

Facilitator & Moderator, David Banes, Distinctability’s internationally recognized ally and Assistive Technology expert, and panelists from Brain in Hand UK, the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN), Fit First Technologies, and Ready, Willing and Able shared their thoughts and expertise on the latest supportive technology trends.

Watch the recording on the CAN YouTube channel.

CAN Connect Forum: Accessibility in the Built Environment

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

The “Accessibility in the Built Environment” session was an engaging presentation that helped attendees learn how to identify barriers to meaningful access for people who have vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities.

Uli Egger, Accessibility Specialist at the Rick Hansen Foundation, provided an overview of two accessibility education courses offered through the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF). Dean Mellway, Special Advisor within the Accessibility Institute at Carleton University, presented a case study on how the RHF accessibility certification standards is being applied to rate the level of accessibility of over 40 sites on Carleton’s campus.

Watch the recording on the CAN YouTube channel.

Insights into the Deafblind Community Panel

Monday, December 5th, 2022

To mark the 2022 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN) and Statistics Canada co-hosted a panel to provide insights into the Deafblind community, share inclusive practices, and address misconceptions.

Blindness is not the same for everyone. Deafness is not the same for everyone. There are a range of experiences and realities. The level of blindness and deafness ranges for everyone who is Deafblind. Thus, not everyone has the same methods of communications, needs, or accommodations.

Watch the recording on the CAN YouTube channel.