Accessibility and Social Justice

SSSP will make arrangements for sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and other communication avenues for meeting registrants. Please use the “Accessibility Services” portion of the registration form to identify the service that you need no later than June 30. Michele Koontz, Administrative Officer & Meeting Manager, will contact you to discuss needs and possible arrangements.

Arrangements for accessibility services can become quite costly, and funds are limited. The SSSP has established an Accessibility Services Fund in order for members to be able to contribute directly to making the Annual Meeting accessibility services more affordable for attendees with disabilities. Please consider making a donation to the Accessibility Services Fund when you register.

Hotel

The Montreal Bonaventure Hotel has five accessible sleeping rooms, all of which have been reserved for our attendees. The hotel also features an accessible entrance and all meeting spaces are accessible. Please note that the Fitness Room is not accessible. If you would like Michele to verify that your accessibility request(s) will be honored, please contact her at mkoontz3@utk.edu after making your reservation. She will follow-up with the hotel to ensure that your request is honored.

Air Quality – Smoking – Service Animals

Please refrain from wearing any scented products to respect attendees who may be sensitive and/or allergic to these types of chemicals. Smoking is not allowed in the meeting space or restaurants. Unless you yourself use a service or therapy dog or other credentialed assistance animal, we ask that you not bring companion animals to the book exhibit or areas where members are presenting.

Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone provides a quiet environment for you to relax, reflect, and re-energize. This space is available to ALL conference attendees, no matter where you are staying. Please feel free to bring your morning coffee or afternoon snack and relax, unwind, or get organized for the rest of your day. The Comfort Zone is located in the St-Laurent Room on the Banquets Level on Friday and Saturday and in the Net Café on the Banquets Level on Sunday and available during the following hours:

Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday:
8:00am-5:00pm
Gender-Neutral Public Restroom

A gender-neutral restroom is located near the Verdun Room on the Banquets Level. This facility is available for use by all persons, regardless of their gender identity. The gender-neutral restroom may also function as a family restroom or as a restroom for people with disabilities.

Sessions

SSSP strives to make its annual meeting as accessible as possible. Each presentation or session should be designed and conducted with the full participation of all in mind. Therefore, the Accessibility Committee requests that all presenters review the guidelines for accessible presentations and take the necessary steps to maximize programming access to all participants.

Airports

Wheelchair accessible transportation is available at the Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) for travelers with disabilities. The Air Travel Accessibility Regulations, air carriers must (on request) provide people with disabilities with assistance from the check-in counter (departure) to the general public area (arrival). For more information, visit YUL’s Adapted Services.

Accessibility Information for Montreal

Travelers with disabilities will find Montreal to be among one of the most accessible destinations in Canada. Montreal Transit Corporation’s information is at: http://www.stm.info/en/access. The Accessible Road’s website is helpful: http://www.larouteaccessible.com/en/accueil/filter/region/2.

If a need arises on-site, we encourage you to stop by the SSSP registration desk for assistance. SSSP is committed to making the annual meeting accessible to all.

For more information on Accessibility Guidelines for program participants, presenters, and session organizers, scan the QR code or see http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/pageid/1928/.