Sidewalk Toronto

Public Talk #3

What’s the future of more accessible cities?

An inclusive neighbourhood must be accessible to people of all ages and abilities. But too often city streets, buildings, and other community spaces marginalize people who use a wheelchair, have sight or hearing impairments, or live with other disabilities. Digital wayfinding devices, assistive smartphone-based tools, and inclusive design principles can help communities build off baseline accessibility laws to create places that are welcoming, supportive, and easy to navigate for everyone.

In our third public talk, author and community organizer Jane Farrow will moderate a conversation with three accessibility experts who are challenging cities to incorporate principles for inclusive design and ensure accessibility for all.

The speakers will explore questions such as:

  • What are some the strongest emerging principles for inclusive design, such as “one-size-fits-one”?
  • How can digital technology help make public spaces more accessible according to need or preference?
  • What do technologists and designers need to know and understand before developing new digital tools and wayfinding devices?

Please reserve your free ticket today. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and unclaimed seats may be made available to a rush line shortly before the event begins.

Accessibility: 307 Lake Shore Boulevard East is wheelchair accessible, including step-free mobility throughout the main floor, and select accessible washrooms.

Accommodations: ASL will be available for presentation sections of the program. If you have questions regarding accessibility or need to request other reasonable accommodations and alternative formats, please reach out to our team at events@sidewalktoronto.ca or call 1-844-550-2625 as soon as possible.

For more information, check out our accessibility guide.

Speakers

Luke Anderson Founder & Executive Director – StopGap Foundation; Consultant – AccessAbility Advantage
Darren Bates Founder – Smart Cities Library™; President & Lead Consultant – Darren Bates, LLC
Maayan Ziv Founder – AccessNow smartphone app; Board Member – Centre for Independent Living in Toronto