Accessibility at conference

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre - Conference & Hotel Facilities

Crowd

We expect approximately that 700+ people will be attending the conference.

Transportation

The conference and hotel facilities are within downtown Vancouver and are easily accessible by foot, bike, wheelchair, Translink /accessible (skytrain/bus/seabus), HandyDART, Aqua Bus, Car2Go, cab/cab and/or personal vehicle.

Sound / Lighting

Conference meeting rooms, halls and ballrooms do not feature sound dampening materials or wall panels. During breaks, lunches and between presentations, expect talking amongst attendees. Common areas and meeting rooms will be lit with a combination of natural and artificial fluorescent lighting. Blinds can be drawn in the case of excessive glare. Further information will be available closer to the conference regarding visual and auditory accessibility options.

Quiet Space

There are multiple areas of the facility to break out for quiet space. The venue has a large outdoor courtyard and a small lounge space for those needing a low stimulation environment. There is also a large comfortable main lobby space and a business centre for those needing a space to attend to emails and/or phone calls.

Language

Program signage will be in English and French. There is some braille signage throughout the conference and hotel facilities (eg. elevators, washrooms, hotel rooms).

Food / Service

Food will be served buffet style at breaks and will be boxed for lunches. Any dietary preferences require pre-ordering at time of registration (eg. vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free). Please note that there may be traces of nuts. For life-threatening allergies, please email conference@caot.ca in advance of the conference.

Beverages 

Hot and cold beverages will be available during breaks and lunches. 

Washrooms

There is a private gender-neutral and wheelchair accessible washroom located within the conference facility. Guests using wheelchairs may require assistance of a staff member to open the door to this washroom. There are additional gendered washrooms with wheelchair accessible stalls. For hotel guests, there are a limited number of fully wheelchair accessible guest rooms available complete with wheel-in showers. A bath bench or shower chair is also available upon request.

Elevators

There are multiple elevators available within the conference, hotel and parking facilities.

Transportation / Terrain

This facility is easily accessible by public transit. It is also within walking, pedaling or wheeling distance of many of the city’s finest restaurants, hotels and activities. There is wheelchair accessible parking available at the facility. Guests using wheelchairs may require assistance of a staff member to open the doors to the wheelchair accessible parking. Caution should be used when entering/exiting the facility due varied terrain, unmarked pedestrian/vehicle pathways and dim lighting at night. Small and large print venue maps are available to assist with wayfinding once inside the facility. This venue is roughly 15 km from the Vancouver International Airport.

Assistance Animals

There is a grassy area northwest of the main lobby where service animals can be taken for relief.

Allergies

The hotel lobby and facility washrooms are lightly scented. Hypoallergenic bedding is available upon request.

Contact us if you have accessibility questions or concerns that we might be able to assist you with at conference@caot.ca 


Telus World of Science - Social Gala Facility

Crowd

We expect approximately that 200+ people will be attending the social gala

Transportation

The social gala facility is within downtown Vancouver and are easily accessible by foot, bike, wheelchair, Translink /accessible (skytrain/bus/seabus), HandyDARTAqua BusCar2Gocab/cab  and/or personal vehicle.

Sound / Lighting

In all facility spaces, low volume sounds will be featured, such as quiet music and/or general discussion. Some of the science exhibits within the space also make noise. Social gala hosts will also be presenting greetings over commercial speaker systems. The room does not feature sound dampening materials or wall panels.Throughout the facility, many public spaces including the entrance atrium and restroom lobbies, will be open to all attendees. The primarily event space will be lit by a combination of natural light and soft/dim overhead lighting. Blinds can be drawn in the case of excessive glare.

Quiet Space

There is a mother’s nursing room that serves as a quiet space when not in use. The facility is also steps from the sea wall for those looking to escape for some fresh air during the event.

Language

Programming signage will be in English and French.

Food / Service

Food will be served buffet style. There will be a vegetarian option. Any other dietary preferences require pre-ordering (eg. vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free). Please note that there may be traces of nuts. For life-threatening allergies, please email conference@caot.ca in advance of the conference.

Beverages / Alcohol

There will be a cash bar for cold beverages. Wine will be served with dinner and coffee with dessert.

Washrooms

There is a private gender-neutral and wheelchair accessible washroom located within the facility. Guests using wheelchairs may require assistance of a staff member to open the door to this washroom. There are additional gendered washrooms with wheelchair accessible stalls.

Elevators

There are two elevators available within the venue to navigate the two floors within the facility.

Transportation / Terrain

This facility is easily accessible by public transit. It is also within walking, pedaling or wheeling distance of many of the city’s finest restaurants, hotels and activities. There are six wheelchair accessible parking spaces available outside the facility. Bike storage is also available within the facility on the evening of the event (secured in the building - not a bike valet service). Caution should be used when entering/exiting the venue due to a popular bicycle lane on the sea wall and dim lighting at night. Facility staff will be available to assist with wayfinding once inside the facility. This venue is roughly 1.7 km for the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre hotel facility.

Assistance Animals

There is a grassy area northeast of the main entrance where service animals can be taken for relief.

Allergies

The event space has a light chlorine scent due to water exhibit infection control measures.

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