2014 International Summit on Accessibility in Ottawa - Call For Proposals To Present

You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the 2014 International Summit on Accessibility, the inaugural conference, held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from July 12-15, 2014.
Our theme:

The theme for the 2014 International Summit on Accessibility, Making it Happen: From Intention to Action, embraces the positive progress in creating accessible and inclusive communities and brings together a diverse leadership collective to share achievement and create action. The Summit is organized by Carleton University, with support from the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.
Our streams:

    Innovation: Highlighting and celebrating a world of best practices and innovative approaches to accessibility.
    Technology: The promises and pitfalls of technology in contributing to accessibility for persons with disabilities in the home environment and beyond.
    Accessible Communities: A focus on the built environment and the concepts and collaborations needed to create accessible communities.
    Employment and other related topics
Our attendees – professionals and executives from the following:

    People who support people with disabilities: Offices of disability services in municipal, provincial, and federal governments, universities, colleges and school boards, university support services, librarians, employment organizations or employers, social workers
    Local, provincial, state, national and international organizations actively involved in accessibility, both organizations of persons with disabilities and service organizations working in the accessibility and mental health fields.
    Infrastructure planning, design and facilities management personnel (government , universities, school boards, large organizations, planners, designers and architects working in the built environment)
    Accessibility consultants to government and industry.
    Organizations that provide goods, services, and facilities to the public, business or other organizations.
    Rehabilitation and medical hospitals and personnel including occupational therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists, researchers; technicians; and other related personnel
List of topics – proposals must fall under one or more of these topics:

    Improving community access through innovative technologies
    New developments in sensor technology
    Sensor Technology: Invasive or Empowering?
    Motivation beyond the Minimum: From compliance to competitive advantage
    An Integrated Strategy for the Design of urban outdoor spaces?
    Retrofitting for accessibility: Case studies of community infrastructure retrofit projects
    Collaborating on accessible communities
    Making a Difference: governments in action to improve community accessibility
    Legislation and its impact
    Trends and opportunities in the design and construction industry
    A new world order: the evolution of impact of accessibility polices around the world
    Become a disability-smart organization: How to recruit the best candidates with and without disabilities
    Delivering your business goals by creating an inclusive environment
    The win-win: benefits of major international events on community accessibility
    Differentiation and marketing; how to showcase your accessibility to attract new consumers
    “A World of Good Practice” sessions for our themes: accessible communities, innovation and technology as well as employment. This is a fast paced type of presentation making for dynamic sessions that will spark lively conversations. Presenters will have 8 minutes to present slides in a rapid-fire presentation
Opportunities to present:

Papers can be submitted the following types of presentations:

    8 minutes - a fast paced type of presentation making for dynamic sessions that will spark lively conversations. Presenters will have 8 minutes to present slides in a rapid-fire presentation. (Total session length is 90 minutes - 8 minutes @ 7 presentations, 15-20 minutes for questions, 4 minutes for speaker changes, 6 minutes to open and close session).
    20 minutes (Total session length is 90 minutes – 3 – 4 presenters plus 15-20 minutes for questions, 5 minutes to open and close session)
    90 minutes – presenters propose and present a full session on one of the identified outlined topics with 2-5 speakers. This is a very limited opportunity.


The Summit invites posters relevant to the theme areas of the conference. Since posters aim to attract attention to a particular project, research domain or product or assistive technology/device, they should mainly focus on work in progress, however they may report on previous or preliminary findings.  Posters should be clear, easy to read and attractively laid out. Poster board size: 8’x4’ (WxL). In addition, poster presenters will have a brief opportunity to present their poster to delegates. A schedule will be developed during coffee and lunch break times.

Our location:

Convention Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Proposal submission

Before submitting a proposal, please read presenters’ responsibilities.

Proposals are to be 250 words in length

Submissions can be made online at:
Key Dates:

Submissions open: September 6, 2013
Proposals due: November 22, 2013
Notification regarding proposal: February 7, 2014 or earlier

Review Process:

Committees of experts and leaders in the theme areas will review all proposals for presentation and posters. Authors of successful presentations and posters will be notified by email by January 15, 2014 or earlier.
Preliminary program:

A copy of the preliminary program is available online at:
Presenter Registration and Fees:

Presenting authors of accepted presentations and posters are required to register for the International Summit on Accessibility and are responsible for their own travel arrangements. All presenters including poster presenters will receive a reduced fee of $500.

Upon acceptance, you will be sent a link to register. Presenting authors or accepted abstracts and posters are required to register within 30 days or receipt of the registration link and must be registered no later than April 7, 2014.
Presenter Benefits:

The International Summit on Accessibility is committed to providing suitable benefits to those who present at this inaugural conference. The Summit is fortunate to work with presenters who understand and are committed to supporting accessibility.

Some of the benefits presenters enjoy include:

    Recognition in the online conference program – name, title, organization, short bio and short description of presentation
    Access to the speakers’ ready room and lounge during the Summit
    Marketing and professional exposure to a network of people in the accessibility field.
    Opportunities to engage directly with other attendees and presenters in the field of accessibility before and after the program through social media and other avenues – extending the life of your participation and engagement with this group of influential attendees.
    Enhanced professional credibility and prestige that comes from affiliating with the Summit.
    Reduced conference registration rate of $500. All other expenses will be the responsibility of the presenter(s).

The International Summit on Accessibility will take place at the Ottawa Convention Centre. It is conveniently located in the centre of Ottawa’s historic downtown core, only a few blocks away from the Byward Market, the Parliament buildings, and the Rideau Canal.

Registration Fees

    Early registration: $595 (deadline for early registration is May 15, 2014)
    Late registration: $700
    Student registration: $320
    Support worker registration: $320
    Presenter registration: $500
    Daily early registration: $350 (deadline for early registration is May 15, 2014)
    Daily late registration: $435

For general inquiries, please contact:

For program related inquiries, please contact:

Suzanne Blanchard
Associate Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) and University Registrar
Carleton University
420 Tory Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
Phone: 613-520-2874
Fax: 613-520-4458

Event Co-ordinator:
Chuck Schouwerwou, CMP, CMM
confersense planners inc.
2527 Severn Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K2B 7V8 Canada
Tel: 613-232-4414
Toll-Free: 1-855-332-4414

Conference website: