Together the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Ottawa are committed to improving the accessibility of Congress for attendees with disabilities. If you identify as a person with a disability and require support (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 have accessibility requirements 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.

Accessible transportation

Ottawa Airport accessibility page

Para Transpo

Para Transpo provides a door-to-door transportation service to eligible customers who are temporarily or permanently unable to take conventional transit because of their disability. Even if you are registered on Para Transpo, you can still use conventional transit without affecting your eligibility. Regular fares would apply when using conventional transit buses. For more information on registering for Para Transpo, call 613-244-1289 (TTY 613-244-4833).

Need more info?

If you need more information on accessible transit, contact the Access OC Hotline at 613-842-3625 (TTY: 613-741-5280) or e-mail your questions to

Accessible Taxis

All taxis are licensed by the City of Ottawa and the number of accessible cabs, which accommodate wheelchairs, is steadily increasing. You may specify an accessible taxicab when calling for service. Drivers of accessible taxis receive additional training to assist them in providing service to seniors and those with special needs.

Blue Line Taxi

Capital Taxi

Mobility Assistance Shuttle 

The University of Ottawa is offering a complimentary on-campus shuttle to ensure equal access for all Congress attendees. The goal of this service is to help everyone with accessibility needs and individuals with any kind of disability to navigate campus.

Some examples of those that can benefit from this service include:

  • People in wheelchairs
  • People with motor, visual, hearing and/or cognitive disabilities
  • People with temporary accessibility needs (e.g. recently injured, those with other ailments or illnesses, people recovering from surgery, or pregnant)
  • Families with baby strollers
  • Travelers with heavy luggage who need assistance

There will be six shuttle stops across campus. For their locations, please see the Main Campus Accessibility Map. Please note that the Marion Shuttle stop is only for “on call’ use. 

Accessible parking

You are welcome to park in any available spot when displaying your government issued accessible pass. Please click here for an interactive map that highlights accessible parking locations on the University of Ottawa’s campus.

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 2015 Congress official hotels please contact Mara Juneau via email or at 613-238-6112, ext. 405.

Contact information

For more information about accessibility at the University of Ottawa, please contact Cynthia Soto Cancino via email or at 613-562-5800, ext. 2763.