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Accessibility at SCMS 2018
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The Society for Cinema & Media Studies is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.

SCMS works to find a conference hotel each year that ensures access for all attendees. This particular year, we surveyed each prospective 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.

Airport Transportation
All airport transportation options have accessible access, and both airports offer pre-arranged mobility assistance via your air carrier:
*  If your arrival and departure airport is Pearson International Airport (the main airport), please see https://www.torontopearson.com/whileyourehere/accessibility/#
* For the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, see https://www.portstoronto.com/airport/passenger-information/flights/special-assistance-accessibility.aspx.

Public Transit
* The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)’s closest subway station is Osgoode Station, on the Yonge-University Line. It is accessible. The hotel is a two minute walk from the Osgoode Station.
* The TTC also offers  Wheel-Trans as door-to-door paratransit service. Contact 416.393.4111 for more information.

Taxis
* Dignity Transportation Inc. 416-398-2222 www.dignitytransportation.com  Dignity Transportation offers various wheelchair accessible transportation services, including vans, sedans and limousines, in the Toronto and GTA area.
* uberWAV 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 https://newsroom.uber.com/canada/uberwav/.
* Wheelchair Accessible Transit Inc. 416-884-9898 www.wheelchairtransit.com Provides service throughout the Greater Toronto Area as well as flat rate service to destinations across Southern Ontario.

Equipment Rentals
A variety of accessibility related equipment is available from:
* Motion Specialties – https://motionspecialties.com/rentals
* Starkmans Home Health Care Depot – https://starkmans.com/rentals
* If you need to rent a medical device (e.g., scooters or wheelchairs) for your stay, email or call In Motion Services Inc., 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at info@inmotionservices.ca or (416) 638-9522, where you can arrange short term rentals with delivery to the hotel.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
The Sheraton Centre Toronto is committed to making their facilities, amenities, and services accessible to guests with disabilities. That commitment entails removing barriers and making reasonable modifications to their policies, practices, or procedures so as to give people with disabilities the same opportunities as other guests in the way they access and benefit from the property’s products and services. All areas of the facility are wheelchair-accessible. Electronic doors are located at all main lobby entrances. All elevators are equipped with Braille signage. Additionally, restrooms are AODA accessible.
Parking: The garage height limit is 5’10”. Valet parking is offered at an additional cost including valet parking spots in the motor court. There are no self-park spots available at the hotel.
Guest Rooms: Mobility-accessible doors feature at least 32 inches of clear door width. There are twenty accessible rooms with king beds. Eight have roll-in bathrooms and 12 have tubs with grab bars. (Bath seats can be requested from housekeeping). All accessible rooms have visual fire alarms. The hotel has bed shaker kits for the visually impaired.
Meeting Rooms: All rooms and floors of the hotel are accessible. There are stairs on the Mezzanine, but there is also a lift for wheelchairs, as well as a ramp. All other areas are accessible by elevator or ramps.
Restaurants: There are restaurants on the lobby level and they are accessible.
Conference Events: All conference events at the Sheraton Centre Toronto are fully accessible by elevator.
Other aids can be made available: The fitness center, registration and concierge desk, swimming pool, and business center are all accessible. Service animals are allowed. Assistive listening devices for meetings, TTYs (Text Telephone Devices), and televisions with closed captioning for the hearing impaired are all available. If you are an attendee who has access needs, please let us know so we can ensure you will not face any barrier to participation.
Please speak with a Guest Services Representative in the Lobby (either at hotel registration or the concierge desk) or call or email Stephen Taylor, Senior Event Manager, stephen.taylor@sheraton.com or (416) 947-4890. To submit feedback, guests can email 00271.AODA@sheraton.com or call (416) 947-4955 ext. 4430.

Service Animals
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is committed to making the annual meeting accessible. Service animals are welcome at sessions. Remember, not all disabilities are visible and service animals are not required to wear special equipment or tags. Service animals are working and should not be distracted without permission.

Quiet Spaces
SCMS is pleased to provide a designated quiet space for 2018 attendees - Kensington, 4th Floor, Queens Tower.

Washrooms
Accessible washrooms are available on the Lower Concourse, Concourse, Mezzanine, and the 2nd Floor.

Other Resources
Access TO
http://www.accessto.ca/ 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
http://accessnow.me/ AccessNow uses crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of various locations around the world, including Toronto, on an interactive map.

General information and resources: <https://wheelchairtravel.org/guest-post-toronto-public-transit-wheelchair-access/>
  
Please email Leslie LeMond, Director of Conferences & Events at least 21 days before the conference if you have concerns or need special assistance the week of the conference.

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