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Previous Events


“Advancing Accessibility Together” – held on March 27, 2019

Keynote Speaker – Mr. David Lepofsky

Opening Panel Discussion – Ryan Flannagan, Anthony Gomez, Kaye Johnson, Christine Quaglia, Erika Kustra, Veronika Mogyorody


"Accessibility - More Than Meets the Eye" - held on March 28, 2018

Student Speakers:

Jessica Tetreault-Fazio, Ocean Connolly, Nicholas Harris, Julia Borsatto  
Other Speakers:

Rob Aitken, Anthony Gomez “Enhancing Accessibility on Your Websites"

Dr. Jijan Voronka, Tina Nguyen, Abbey Stotts "Mental Health in Disability Studies Context”

Debra Hernandez Jozefowicz, Stephanie Cragg, Virginia Amato "The University of Windsor's School of Social Work, Disability Studies and Psychology Accessibility Planning Committee: Our History and Experiences"      

Mark Lubrick, Nick Baker, Nobuko Fujita, Alicia Higgison "Accessibility: More than just meeting AODA guidelines (although we have advice for that too!)"

Anthony Gomez, Sharon Murno, Karen Pillon "Student Accessibility Services and the Leddy Library - Accessibility Supports at UWindsor"

  Denice Shuker, Ashley Vodarek "Accessibility Enhancing Apps at UWindsor"


"Accessibility in Your Passion" - held on March 2, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr Grandin is a noted person with autism who is an author, speaker, autism awareness advocate, cited expert in many publications, and video producer. She is the author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human.

Other Speakers:

Diane Wintermute from ARCH Disability Law "How you can Access your Passion in Post-Secondary Education"
Nicole Daignault from UWindsor Recreation "Improving Access to Preventive Care Services" 
Laverne Jacobs and Shanae Soor "Using Law to Advocate for Social Change for People with Disabilities"
Student Counselling Services and Morneau Shepel "Making Mental Health Support Accessible for the Campus Community: Introducing Well Track"


"Building Momentum" - held on March 10, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Fiona Crean

Fiona Crean is Hydro One’s first Ombudsman and one who embodies the true meaning of “public service" She has spent her entire career making communities better places to live by showing governments and organizations how they can improve their service to the public and treat people more fairly. Throughout her career, Fiona has broken new ground in her pursuit of equity and fairness for all. She was the City of Toronto's first Ombudsman where she focused on the issues of governance, accountability, equity and fairness in the delivery of services. As an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario government, she was responsible for managing organizational change in the province’s corrections system. Prior to that, she established the Ombudsman's Office at York University. She was also the Executive Director of the Ontario Ombudsman's Office and early in her career, she worked as an investigator at the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Multilingual and trained as a teacher and mediator, Fiona has designed and delivered programs internationally on how to conduct investigations into maladministration, human rights and corruption. She has also worked to further the development and good governance of governments and civil society organizations in South America, Eastern Europe and southern Africa. In Canada, she has designed and delivered training on conflict resolution and how to serve vulnerable populations. Fiona has also worked extensively with First Nations and Inuit communities, both as a teacher and advisor in developing good governance. Her accomplishments have been recognized with awards such as the 2015 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, which noted that “Fiona is a force in this city, breaking down barriers, opening doors, and building an equitable city for all of us.”

Other Speakers:

Cam Wells, Karen Tompkins and Sherry Campeau, Meggie Stewart and Alicia Xavier, Stephanie J. Cragg, MSW, Martin Ouellette and Angelica Haggert, Paul McCrar


"Accessible Recreation" - held on March 18, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli

World-renowned dancer and motivational speaker, Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli shared his message of "No Excuses, No Limits".

Other Speakers:

Anjan Manikumar, Ivana Petricone, Janice Koval, James Anderson and Christine Easterbrook, Dr. Amy Ratelle and Dr Alison Harvey, Virginia McLachlan, Kevin McShan, Anne Mullen, Sandra Ondracka, Josh Leeman, Frank Jeney, Dr. Debra Hernandez-Jozefowicz
Oula Al-Khouri


"Creating an Accessible Community" - held on March 20, 2014

Keynote Speaker:  Dr Debra Hernandez Jozefowicz

Other Speakers:

Anthony Gomez & Erin Plumb, Crystal Anderson & Hind El-Ayoubi, Danny Castellan, David Ryan-Soderlund, Dory Azar, Dr. Sean Horton, Jennifer Bauder & Melissa Parent, Stephanie Cragg, Stasha Todorovic, Allan Angus, Matthew Pok & Lily Cao


"Building an Accessible Community" - held on March 14, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Agnes MacKilop

Agnes MacKillop is a compliance assistance training officer with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. She discussed how we can all help to ensure people with disabilities are able to participate fully in society in her free public presentation, “Join our Journey toward an Accessible Ontario.” MacKillop leads the design and delivery of province-wide training programs to support compliance with standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Other Speakers:

Anne Mullen, Anthony Gomez, Bev Clarke, Cam Cobb, Debra Hernandez Jozefowicz, Dory Azar, Erin Plumb, Karin Kouvelas, Laura Steffler, Laurie Lessard, Lorie Stolarchuk, Nick Baker, Richard Dumala, Ryan Kenney, Stephanie Cragg, Toni Southern