This month Windsor Hackforge is hosting a series of free events focused on accessibility. The programming aims to increase connections between people with disabilities, businesses, technologists, advocacy groups, and the community at large.

The full schedule is available on our events calendar, and features topics such as accessible website design, AODA compliance, and the role technology plays in an inclusive society. Presented as interactive workshops, tutorials, and discussions, sessions will be delivered by various community voices including David Best, Saamer Mansour, and Evelina Baczewska. These events will be hosted in community partner spaces including The University of Windsor’s Advanced Computing Hub and Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario (ALSO). 

“These events will explore some of the latest innovations, and foster crucial dialogue on how technology can empower individuals of all abilities,” says Doug Sartori, Chair of the Hackforge Board of Directors.

On Saturday, June 1st, Hackforge will close out the series with a panel discussion at Art Windsor-Essex. Moderated by David Best and featuring participants with lived experience, panelists will discuss local accessibility and inclusivity.

“Diversity and inclusion is an action, not just good will gestures,” says David Best, accessibility consultant and retired programmer. “Communities across Canada will be celebrating their achievements in removing barriers, and I hope our community leaders will join in our activities to help promote Windsor/Essex as a recognized leader for social change.”

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