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Hosted during National AccessAbility Week, ENABLE Ottawa is a three-day forum that explores how the changing world of assistive and adaptive technologies and design, are contributing to the creation of universally accessible experiences for everyone.
Now in its 6th year, this event, facilitated and hosted by Carleton University, provides an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, presenters and other participants to share better practices in a virtual conference setting.This Virtual Conference Experience Includes:

  • Keynotes and Plenary Sessions from organizations and allies working to create a more universally accessible world through the assistive and adaptive technologies
  • Panel Discussions that highlight innovations in research and technologies
  • Exhibitor Showcase, Networking and thought leadership exchanges of best practices, goods and services from product and service provider organizations and leaders in accessibility
  • On-Demand Sessions after the event so you can participate at a time and place that works for you!

Day 1
Tuesday, June 1st | Innovation + Design

Accessibility is oftentimes a catalyst for innovation, as the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” When we talk about inclusive design, we are talking about a universality of approach that meets the needs of everyone.  Accessibility is not something that just happens. It is about making deliberate, inclusive design and innovation decisions.  Learn about the innovative technologies, research and design contributing to the creation of those assistive and adaptive technologies that are helping to create a universally accessible world today.

Day 2
Wednesday, June 2nd | Living

Arts and culture are essential for building community, nurturing health and well-being, and contributing to economic opportunity.  In public spaces, in culture and in the arts, people live, create and imagine.  Hear from those organizations that are re-imagining and adapting those spaces, and the programming and services, through technology to create universal experiences for everyone.

Day 3
Thursday, June 3rd | Workplace + Education

Assistive technology innovations for people with disabilities are playing a huge part in making both work and education more accessible in the virtual world, by supporting essential functions such as teaching, job function, communication and organization.  Learn how technologies are continuing to adapt to support accessibility in the workplace and in the classroom.

ABOUT the READ Initiative | Carleton University

Building on Carleton University’s reputation as a leader in accessibility, the READ Initiative endeavors to bring together those in higher education with industry and community partners, to advance the accessibility agenda through innovation, research, employment, and education. READ leads the Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN), a pan-Canadian consortium of public, private and not-for-profit organizations committed to advancing accessibility through its work in community engagement, education and training, employment, policy and research, design and innovation.

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