Plan your trip



Ryerson University and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences are committed to providing the most inclusive and barrier-free Congress experience possible for attendees with disabilities and accessibility needs. Below you will find pertinent information for planning an accessible trip to Congress 2017. If desired, you can download this information in PDF format via the Accessibility Guide.

Additional information on general services can be found on the Local amenities page. Note that this website acts as the accessible format for all Congress 2017 information, including that which is found in the Congress Essentials guide handed out onsite.

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Accessibility provisions at Congress
Accessible accommodations
Accessible transportation
Getting around campus
Accessible campus features
Emergency procedures
City resources

Accessibility provisions at Congress

The university is prepared to provide the following services and equipment upon request. Attendees who would like to request these services must complete the Accessibility Needs and Information Questionnaire during online registration prior to May 1st, 2017. Completion of the questionnaire will assist the university in pre-arranging for the needs of attendees with disabilities. If you missed submitting the form during registration, contact

  • Assistance wheeling long distances (for people who use manual wheelchairs)
  • Specialized seating (e.g. chair without arm rests)
  • Priority seating (e.g. near access door; front of room)
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Assistive listening device
  • Real-time captioning
  • Alternative formats of written material

Please note: Provisions which require extensive arrangements, and which are not provided by the university on a regular basis, may incur extra charges. Additionally, last minute requests for some services may not be possible.

Accessible accommodations

The Federation works with all official Congress hotels and on campus accommodations to ensure equal access for all attendees. We survey each property 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 2017 official hotels, please contact Lindsay DenBoer via email or at 613-238-6112 ext. 311.

Accessible transportation

Airport Transportation

All airport transportation options have accessible access, and both airports offer pre-arranged mobility assistance via your air carrier. Further information is available at:

Public Transit

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)’s closest accessible station to Ryerson University is Dundas Station on the Yonge-University Line. They also offer Wheel-Trans, a door-to-door paratransit service. Out-of-town residents can temporarily register with Wheel-Trans, if they are eligible for paratransit service in their hometown, by contacting Customer Service at 416-393-4111 prior to Congress.


Dignity Transportation Inc.
Dignity Transportation offers various wheelchair accessible transportation services, including vans, sedans and limousines, in the Toronto and GTA area.

A wheelchair accessible option for Uber, in partnership with Dignity Transportation. To request an Uber WAV vehicle, you will need to download the Uber app from your device’s app store. More information is available at

Wheelchair Accessible Transit Inc.
Provides service throughout the Greater Toronto Area as well as flat rate service to destinations across Southern Ontario.

Accessible parking

A limited number of accessible parking stalls are available in Ryerson parking facilities, both Type A (van sized) and Type B (regular) sizes. To use one of these spots simply display your valid Accessible Parking Permit on your vehicle.

  • 300 Victoria St. Garage -  2 Type A and 5 Type B
  • 160 Mutual St. Garage - 2 Type B
  • 202 Jarvis St. Lot - 2 Type B

More information on parking can be found on the local transportation page, or consult the Congress map for locations.

Getting around campus

Mobility Assistance Shuttle

Ryerson University is offering a complimentary on-campus shuttle to ensure equal access for all Congress attendees. The goal of this service is to help individuals with accessibility needs or any kind of disability to navigate campus. Some examples of those who can benefit from this service include:

  • People in wheelchairs
  • People with motor, visual, hearing and/or cognitive disabilities
  • People with temporary accessibility needs (e.g. recently injured, those with other ailments or illnesses, people recovering from surgery, or pregnant)
  • Families with baby strollers

The shuttle will run on a continuous loop during the hours of 7:30-18:30, and attendants will be available at each shuttle stop for assistance. Consult the PDF Congress map for stop locations. 

Wheelchair assistance

Ryerson University will have a wheelchair available at the Registration in the Mattamy Centre for those who require mobility assistance to get from one place to another. You can also ask for assistance from anyone in a red or green Congress t-shirt.

Building entrances

All campus buildings used for Congress have at least one accessible entrance. These entrances are comprised of either a level entrance or ramp access, with an automatic door. Accessible entrances are identified on the PDF Congress map, and will be labelled with appropriate signage.

Accessible campus features

Quiet spaces

Ryerson University is pleased to provide designated quiet spaces for Congress 2017 attendees. Visit the Local amenities page for locations and additional information.


Wheelchair-accessible single stall and gender segregated washrooms are available across campus and are identified as such. All buildings have at least one wheelchair accessible washroom.

Adaptive work spaces

Kurzweil 3000 is available on all computers in the Ryerson University Library; however, the computers in the computer labs for Congress attendees are not equipped with this technology.

Emergency procedures

An outline of emergency response and evacuation procedures can be accessed on the links below:

City Resources

Equipment Rentals

A variety of accessibility related equipment is available from:

Access TO
AccessTO is a blog-based website that provides in-depth reviews of the physical environments of venues and social outing locations in the Toronto community.

Access Now Map
AccessNow uses crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of various locations around the world, including Toronto, on an interactive map.


For more information about accessibility at Ryerson University, please contact or 416-979-5000 x4144.