As an organization focused on learning, we are regularly exploring methods and approaches to improve access to education, and this includes finding ways to ensure everyone can attend our events. We plan and design our functions to be accessible by attendees with mobility-improvement devices so they can provide their input and perspective in our workshops, discussions, and activities. We research, test, and promote technological solutions that allow content to be accessed in a variety of ways, and we take a people-first approach in our language, recognizing that we are all individuals, and our abilities or disabilities do not define who we are.
This year, the 2020 Festival of Learning program committee is pleased to partner with the Disability Resource Network of B.C. for Post-secondary Education to provide a safe and compassionate space that is universally accessible. We welcome presenters and participants of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, abilities, cultures, sexual orientations, genders, languages, ages, and religions, as well as those identifying as neurodivergent.
The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, the official hotel for Festival of Learning 2020, offers 12 accessible rooms:
- 4 are fully accessible (with roll in showers)
- 8 are a mixture of lowered bathtubs and elevated showers
Elevators can be found inside the front entrance off of West Hastings Street.