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Please see the document Accessibility Guide (pdf) for information on the accessible services offered at Congress 2013. 

Together the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Victoria are committed to improving the accessibility of Congress for delegates with disabilities.

If you identify as a person with a disability and require accommodations (such as alternative formats for written materials, oral interpretation, assistance wheeling long distances, access to quiet spaces etc.), you are encouraged to let organizers know well in advance of Congress.

When registering online, please indicate that you require accessible accommodations 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.

Accessibility on campus

Please click here to access the University of Victoria’s Disability Resource Centre. Here you will find a wealth of information including accessible campus maps, the locations of all accessible and gender neutral washrooms, the locations of on campus hearing-assist systems, and information on accessible parking.

Accessible Parking

You are welcome to park in any available spot when displaying your government issued accessible pass along with your Congress parking permit, or when displaying your accessible Congress parking permit.

Accessible transportation

Within and around Victoria

Phone: 250-727-7811
To Book: By phone press “0” (handyLINE - 24-hour automated telephone booking services) OR online (handyWEB - 24-hour online booking services )
Note: Door-to-door service. 48 hours advance notice is required.

BC Transit public buses are all wheelchair and scooter accessible.

Note: Public transit is available to both the Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay BC Ferry terminal. Visit their website for more information:

Yellow Cab
Phone: 1-800-808-6881

Vancouver Island — Lower Mainland

Pacific Coach
Phone: 1-800-661-1725
Note: 48 hours advance notice is required.

BC Ferries
Phone: 1-888-BC-FERY (1-888-223-3779)


Wilson’s Transportation is the official shuttle provider for Congress 2013. Shuttles will operate between downtown hotels and the University of Victoria during Congress 2013. All trips will be accessible by wheelchair and scooter.

Airporter Shuttle

Akal Airporter is the official airport service provider for Congress 2013. They are a local private company established in 1996. Akal has a fleet of new deluxe buses and a well-trained professional staff. The cost of a shuttle between the Victoria International Airport and downtown Victoria is $21 plus applicable taxes.  For further details or to book online visit: These buses are fully accessible.

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 with the specifications provided under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, including the exterior of the building, lobby, rooms, bathrooms and amenities.

For more information regarding the accessibility of any of the 2013 Congress official hotels please contact Whitney Stalkie via email or at 613-238-6112, ext. 315.