Together the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Calgary are committed to improving the Congress experience for attendees with disabilities and accessibility requirements. Below you will find pertinent information for planning your trip. You may also wish to review the Accessibility Guide.

If you identify as a person with a disability and require support (such as alternative formats for written materials, oral interpretation, assistance wheeling long distances, access to quiet spaces, etc.), we encourage you to indicate this during the registration process so that we can properly prepare for your attendance. When registering online, please state that you have accessibility requirements and then fill out the Accessibility Needs and Information Questionnaire.

For presenters, please see the document Accessible Presentations for tips on improving the accessibility of your public talks.

Accessible accommodations

The Federation works with all official Congress hotels and on campus accommodations to ensure equal access for all delegates. We survey all properties based on the standards and specifications provided under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, including the exterior of the building, lobby, rooms, bathrooms and amenities.

For inquiries about the accessibility of any of the Congress 2016 official hotels, or a copy of a property’s evaluation, please contact Lindsay DenBoer via email or at 613-238-6112 ext. 311.

Rest spaces

The University of Calgary is pleased to provide rest spaces on campus. For locations and more information, see Rest Spaces under the Local Amenities section.

Accessible transportation

Calgary Airport Accessibility Info

Calgary Transit
All buses and CTrains are low-floor equipped and 100% accessible. See for more information.

Checker Yellow Cabs and Associated Cabs offer accessible vehicles and an online taxi booking service. This feature requires you to create an account that will then allow you to specify pick-up time, special requests such as a wheelchair accessible vehicle, or if you would like a van or sedan. Most congress hotels are approximately a $15-30 dollar cab ride away from the University of Calgary.

Checker Yellow Cabs

Associated Cabs

Mobility Assistance Shuttle
The University of Calgary is offering a complimentary on-campus shuttle to ensure equal access for all Congress attendees. The goal of this service is to help assist those in wheelchairs or those with motor, visual, hearing and/or cognitive disabilities to navigate campus. This specialized Mobility Assistance Shuttle will be available on-demand only. To request service at their location, attendees can ask Congress volunteers in any Info Kiosk, at shuttle stops, in lobbies of Congress occupied buildings, or contact the Information Centre. Alternately, for those with less severe mobility needs, a standard on-campus shuttle is available. 

Accessible parking
You are welcome to park in marked accessible stalls in public parking lots on campus when displaying your government issued accessible pass. Parking lots with accessible stalls will be displayed in the Congress 2016 map. Posted fees for parking remain in effect for all customers.

Contact information

For more information about accessibility at the University of Calgary, please contact Jacqueline Smith by email or at 403-220-7785.