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2016 Conference - Montreal - Workshops

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Location: Incognita Room, Mezzanine Level at the Best Western Plus Montreal Downtown Hotel Europa

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Anne Jarry -- New Professional Master’s Program in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy at the School of Optometry, University of Montreal

The need for specialized training in vision Rehabilitation Therapy is becoming imperative in English Canada. Since Mohawk college has closed down in 2012, the school of Optometry has been working diligently to review its program and offer a new Professional Masters in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) in both French and English. This presentation will outline the key elements that the VRT professionals need to acquire to work in the field in Quebec, Canada and the United States. A description of the program courses will complete this presentation.

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Melanie Benard and Laurence Parent -- Quebec Accessible

This presentation will give a historic overview of Quebec's disability rights movement and legislation. Laurence Parent will present some of the demands of Quebec's disability community prior to the adoption of Quebec’s first disability law in 1978. Melanie Benard will discuss the evolution and the limitations of this legislation by comparing it to the much stronger accessibility laws in Ontario and the U.S. The presenters will highlight the urgent need for legislative reform in Quebec to ensure the full social participation of people with disabilities.

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Paul Edwards -- Building Information Bridges

People who are blind used to be locked out of access to the information highway. Now we have access to more information than we can possibly use. Where do we find the information we need or want and how do we decide what we can ignore? There are still huge gaps that must be bridged! Where are they and how do we begin to make them go away?

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Peter Armstrong -- Lunch and Learn Session hosted by Accessible Media Inc.

Accessible Media Inc. is launching a new website! Come and learn all about its new features. AMI is excited to share this exciting news with you. Launching April 20, the new and will be fully accessible, more engaging and completely user friendly. Please join us for lunch and meet AMI’s Manager of Digital Content, Peter Armstrong, as he walks you through the new site explaining all of the new accessible features.

If you are interested in attending, please email Janis Davidson Pressick at in order for AMI to get an accurate head count for lunch.

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Nanao Kachi -- Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

(Details to be announced)

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Marie-Claude Laudry (Chief Commissioner) and Ian Fine (Executive Director) -- Canadian Human Rights Commission

Changes are underway at the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). These changes include a review of the CHRC complaints process and changes to how the CHRC is engaging and collaborating with stakeholders. The CHRC’s Chief Commissioner, Marie-Claude Landry, and Executive Director, Ian Fine, will provide more information on these changes as well as other updates on issues of interest.

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Leo Bissonnette, Michael Ciarciello, Jeffrey Stark and Brian Moore -- Strategies and Apps to Connect with Social Media

Various social networks have emerged as vehicles for individuals to interact and develop personal networks. Panelists will explain how they have integrated social networking opportunities into their daily use of technology. focusing on Apps on smartphones PCs and Macs, panelists will tell us about the technologies and Apps they use to use FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Workshop attendees will then have an opportunity to share info about Apps and strategies they use.