Blog Speaking Engagements

Accessibility Conference in Guelph, ON

Yesterday I had the honour of keynoting the Accessibility Conference, an annual conference geared toward advocates, activists, academics and professionals working in the field of accessibility held at the University of Guelph.

Mindmap of 'Cripping the Classroom'
Phenomenal mindmap created by @melanie_sarah_

My presentation, titled “Cripping The Classroom: Educating in a post-AODA world”, attempted to understand the ways we currently attempt to educate people about disability and accessible issues and how the lessons learned within the classroom can influence decisions made in the real world (a topic I will put together a blog about in the near future).

Having never attended this conference before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I’m definitely going to be attending next year because it was an absolute blast. The panels throughout the day were extremely interesting and the energy of the presenters and participates was truly infectious. The conference was also much larger than I had expected, featuring a great mix of disabled advocates and industry allies. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone interested in accessibility, especially those who skew more towards the techno side of access as there were a ton of brilliant and creative web-focused people in attendance.

Kudos to the organizers for putting on an unbelievable event and a special thank you to Accessibi-IT for sponsoring the keynote at this year’s event!

By Jeffrey Preston

Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, Jeff has spent his life dedicated to advocating for himself and others with disabilities. With a PhD in Media Studies from Western University, Jeff's research focuses on the representation of disability in popular and digital culture. Jeff is currently an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at King's University College @ Western University in London, ON.