On-campus accessibility

On-campus accessibility

Introduction  

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and McGill University are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free Congress experience for attendees with disabilities and accessibility needs. Below you will find pertinent information for planning an accessible trip to Congress 2024. Additional information on general services can be found on the Congress website at https://www.federationhss.ca/en/congress/plan-your-trip.   

Local equipment rentals   

Organizations that provide a wide range of equipment rentals including mobility products, wheelchairs, walking devices, or scooters include:

Maison Andre Viger:  https://andreviger.com/en/80-rental-solutions

Medicus: https://medicus.ca/en/our-services/equipment-rental/

Accessible transportation  

Airport accessibility  

At Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, two types of mobility assistance are offered: by wheelchair or by cart for assistance during departure and upon arrival.   Additional information on accessibility services at Montreal airport is available at https://www.admtl.com/en/guide/accessibility.

Accessible public transit

The Société de Transport de Montreal manages the network of buses and metros in the downtown area. You can find information about the accessibility of their bus and metro network (including stations with elevators, and bus stops with wheelchair access), and eligibility for their Paratransit services.

Taxis

These taxi companies in Montreal offer accessible vehicles upon request.    

  • Taxi Para-Adapté: 514 821-3355
  • Taxi Van Médic: 514 739-9933
  • Taxi Boisjoly: 514 252-1313
  • Taxi Diamond: 514 273-6331
  • Taxi COOP de l’Est: 514 352-6000
  • Taxi COOP de l’Ouest: 514 352-6666
  • Taxi Excellence: 514 322-0909
  • Taxi Expert: 514 374-7171
  • Taxi Rosemont Plus: 514 255-1313

Interactive accessible network map

The Interactive Accessible Network Map is a web tool that aims to help the McGill community access campus spaces and services easily. A joint collaboration between the GIC, McGill Office for Students with Disabilities, Campus Planning and Development and the McGill Equity Team, it provides accessible navigation options and building accessibility information while serving as the official McGill map.  

More details available at: https://maps.mcgill.ca/

Accessible parking

There is limited accessibility parking at McGill University.  To request an accessible parking spot on the main campus during Congress, please send a message to the Congress Events team (events@federationhss.ca) with the following details:

  1. Name of individual requiring parking
  2. The dates for which they require parking
  3. Contact information for the payee

Please submit your request by May 31, 2024 so it can be arranged with McGill. Please note that spots are booked on a first come first serve basis. The daily parking fee on campus at Congress is $21/day from 7:00 - 22:00.

Mobility assistance golf carts

There will be golf carts available to pick up and drop off attendees at Roddick Gates, Milton Gate and McTavish Street, during the hours of 8:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 18:00.  If you require a lift outside of these times, please inform the Shuttle Attendant who will call in for a cart.  

An additional shuttle service will be available for attendees. Stay tuned for information on pick up locations, routes, and hours.

Buildings

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 building entrances are marked on the Congress campus map. The McGill University website also has an interactive map, where you can search building entrances with ramps as well as route options by accessibility levels: https://maps.mcgill.ca/

Washrooms  

Wheelchair-accessible single stall washrooms and gender inclusive washrooms are available across campus and are identified with standardized signage.  

A list of Gender inclusive washrooms at the downtown campus is listed on the McGill website. 

Quiet spaces  

McGill University has designated quiet spaces for attendees during Congress 2024. The use of these spaces are open to all individuals without prior request, and rooms will be available during each of the buildings’ normal hours of operations between 8:00 – 17:00.  

Quiet Spaces on the Downtown Campus:

  Building name Building # Floor Room #
1
BRONFMAN BUILDING
102 2ND FLOOR ROOM 201
2 CHANCELLOR DAY HALL 122 BASEMENT ROOM 4
3 BIRKS BUILDING 124 2ND FLOOR CHAPEL ROOM 204
4 STRATHCONA ANATOMY AND DENTISTRY 154 1ST FLOOR ROOM 1-61
5 DENTISTRY BUILDING 300 5TH FLOOR ROOM 514

Support person registration

Support persons or companions are not required to register or pay for Congress if they are travelling with a registered Congress attendee. Support persons will be allowed to enter Congress sessions without a badge only when accompanied by the individual whom they are supporting. If the registered participant requires assistance with the Congress virtual platform, they should reach out to Congress at congress@federationhss.ca.  

Service animals

If you will be bringing a service dog to campus, the dog should be trained and clearly identified as a service animal (e.g. wearing a harness, a tag, or other marker).  

Quebec for All

Quebec for All is a platform that offers a wide range of cultural and tourist information for visitors with reduced mobility.  

More information is available at: https://lequebecpourtous.com/en/home/

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Questions and contacts 

For any questions regarding accessibility or accessibility provisions, please email us at congress@federationhss.ca, or leave us a voicemail at 1-613-238-6112 ext. 320.