Now Seeking Community Partners and Participants!

This May, Windsor Hackforge is hosting a series of free events focused on accessibility and technology. This programming aims to build a direct connection between business owners, technologists, and people with disabilities.

Planned events include an overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and what it means for businesses of all kinds; a workshop to review and discuss digital tools for people with disabilities; a tutorial on building websites that are compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG); and a discussion panel on accessibility at a local level.

At this time, Hackforge is putting a call out to local businesses, organizations, and individuals who are interested in being part of these events. Anyone who would like to be a panelist or speaker, propose a new event, or support the series in any other way is encouraged to contact Hackforge’s Managing Director Lauren Hedges at Currently, Best Accessibility Consulting and BeAware Deaf Assistant are partnering with Hackforge to offer these events. “Together, we aim to foster inclusivity and ignite meaningful conversations that drive positive change in our community,” says Saamer Mansoor, founder of BeAware Deaf Assistant. “Being a growing city, Windsor has a unique opportunity to put Accessibility First, and become a safe haven for people seeking a community for their loved ones with special needs.” 

“Hackforge has always believed in technology as a tool for empowerment, and nothing demonstrates that more than the role it can play in the lives of those with disabilities,” says Doug Sartori, Chair of the Hackforge Board of Directors. “We’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity for developers to improve their skills in accessible design, and to allow them to interact directly with the people who benefit from that work.”

Event details, including registration, will be available in mid-April on the Hackforge website.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day happens on May 16th. Canada’s National AccessAbility Awareness Week runs from May 25th – June 1st.