Physical Accessibility

CHI is committed to being a conference open and welcoming to academics, researchers, and practitioners with disabilities.

As part of our effort to ensure access for all, CHI 2014 collects accessibility needs as part of the conference registration process. Individuals who self-identify as having physical accessibility-related needs are contacted by the conference management team prior to arrival at CHI, to discuss any arrangements or services that are required.

If you have already registered for CHI 2014 but are concerned that we may not be aware of your physical accessibility-related needs, please email the CHI conference office (chi@gomeeting.com) at your earliest convenience. The CHI conference office, located in room 706 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, will be happy to assist in locating any resources that CHI attendees may require during their time in Toronto.

At the Conference Center

CHI 2014 will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The MTCC is a fully accessible facility, and provides detailed information on building services on their website (located http://www.mtccc.com/attendees/services.aspx).

CHI 2014 will provide reserved seating for persons with physical disability-related needs in all technical session rooms as well as for food and beverage events taking place inside the Exhibit Hall & Commons. Our student volunteers are briefed on accessibility measures to ensure that attendees have resources available at conference activities. If you are experiencing any physical accessibility difficulties please alert a CHI 2014 student volunteer. For example, if you have a visual impairment you can request student volunteer help to navigate the conference center.

Private restroom facilities, including a mobile hoist and space for nursing mothers, are available at CHI 2014. Access is provided upon request.

Persons with onsite physical accessibility-related needs are invited to stop by the CHI conference office (located in room 706 at the MTCC) with concerns and/or should any onsite issues arise requiring disability-related accommodations. Please also feel free to contact the CHI conference office (chi@gomeeting.com) with any questions and/or if you find yourself in difficulty onsite.

In Toronto

There are a number of resources available for addressing accessibility needs for those who wish to navigate the city. Toronto Tourism offers links to information and to services for locals and visitors, and can offer more information for visitors with mobility difficulties: http://www.seetorontonow.com/

The following taxi companies provide special transportation services to the MTCC as well as Toronto airports. Advanced booking is recommended.

Royal Taxi
http://www.royaltaxi.ca/royal_accessible.htm

Fleet Limousines and Livery (wheelchair accessible SUV limousine)
www.fleetlimo.ca

Dignity Transportation
http://www.accesstotravel.gc.ca/19.aspx?CarrierCd=1174&CityCd=546&lang=en

Beyond CHI 2014

If you have concerns, questions or suggestions for improving physical accessibility at ACM SIGCHI supported conferences more generally, please send an email to SIGCHI-ACCESSIBILITY (at) listserv (dot) acm (dot) org.

More information is available here: http://www.sigchi.org/connect/sigchi-and-accessibility