Accessibility in Saskatoon
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The conference and host hotels are located in downtown Saskatoon. Approximately 500 people will be attending the conference. The conference takes place at TCU Place and the two host hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn and the Holiday Inn Downtown.
For both host hotels, all entrances are well lit and wide enough for those using a wheelchair or scooter. There are staff available at entrances to assist people with disabilities. All major hallways and essential doorways are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. Floor coverings are suitable for using mobility aids. The hotels are located within one city block of TCU Place. There is street parking as well as ground level and underground parking located across the street from TCU Place, adjacent to The Hilton Garden Hotel and the Holiday Inn Downtown.
Accessibility at The Hilton Garden HotelHotel parking is available at the adjacent pay parking lot which offers ground level parking. There is no direct access from the underground lot to the Hilton Garden Hotel. There are 3 designated disabled parking spaces in the pay lot, and more can be made available if requested .
The Hilton Garden Hotel is 100% smoke free. The hotel has three wheelchair accessible rooms that offer more floor space to easier move around the room. Only one of the wheelchair accessible rooms has a wheel in shower. There is a designated accessible washroom on the main level of the hotel. Also, on the main level, there are gendered washrooms each with a single wheelchair accessible stall. The entrances to the gendered washrooms have two consecutive doors which may make it more difficult for a person in a wheelchair to access independently. The hotel does not have a scent free policy and all rooms are lightly scented. Hypoallergenic pillows are available upon request, but there is no hypoallergenic option for duvets. Service animals are welcome and there are pet friendly rooms available. Elevators have braille but there is no auditory announcement available.
On the second floor of the hotel, where meetings and pre-conference workshops may take place, there is no wheelchair accessible washroom. Some of the meeting rooms have windows. Light levels are adjustable in all conference rooms. All cables, wires, and microphones will be well secured and away from aisles and other traffic areas. Speaking areas/podiums are accessed using stairs.
Accessibility at the Holiday Inn DowntownThe Holiday Inn Downtown has an attached above ground parkade. The entrance door from the parkade is not automated. The main entrance to the hotel is fully automated.
There are 6 wheelchair accessible rooms, each with a wheel-in shower and a transfer tub bench. Rooms are lightly scented and there is no scent-free policy in the hotel. There are hypoallergenic foam pillows available upon request, but no options for hypoallergenic duvets. Service animals are welcome and there are pet friendly rooms available. Elevators have braille but there is no auditory announcement available.
TCU PlaceThe conference will be held at TCU Place in downtown Saskatoon. The entrances are accessible to those using a wheelchair or a scooter. There is a loading zone and 1-2 parking spaces at the entrance which are designated for those with disabilities. Parking is also available at a pay lot across the street which has both ground level and underground parking. There is access to TCU Place via the Midtown Plaza Shopping Center (and underground parking) as well as access from the street.
Washrooms: On the main floor there are gendered washrooms each with one accessible stall. The washroom doors do not have automatic or push button door openers. There is also an accessible family washroom on the main floor that has an adult size change table. To access this washroom, you may need to ask for a key at the box office. On floors other than the main floor, the bathroom main entrances do not have doors and each floor has gendered washrooms with one wheelchair accessible stall per.
Elevators: There is elevator access to all floors in TCU Place. The elevators have braille numbers but no auditory signals.
Meeting/conference space: Some of the meeting rooms have windows. Light levels are adjustable in all conference rooms. All cables, wires, and microphones will be well secured and away from aisles and other traffic areas. Speaking areas/podiums are accessed using stairs and a ramp can be provided to speakers with advance notice to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental allergens/environmental factors: There is no scent-free policy in place.
Food/beverages: Food will be served buffet style at breaks and lunch and an assortment of foods will be offered. For allergies/food sensitivities, please email email@example.com in advance of the conference. Water will be available in all meeting rooms. Hot and/or cold beverages will be available during breaks and lunch.
Language: Conference signage will be in English and French. All TCU signage is in English only.
Quiet space: The South Saskatchewan river is approximately 4 blocks away from TCU Place and there are walking trails and green space.
Remai ModernCrowd: We are expecting approximately 150-200 people to attend this social event. There will be a buffet style meal followed by a dance/auction. One gallery as well as the gift shop will be open for attendees.
Transportation: The gallery is located in the Downtown Area and is accessible by foot, personal vehicle, cab, or bus.
Terrain/access/parking: The terrain surrounding the gallery is paved city streets but currently the area is under construction. It is unknown what areas might be affected at the time of the conference. Parking is street parking which is free after 6pm. There is also underground parking which is fully accessible via elevator. There is a $5 flat fee after 6pm and until 9am the following day. All doorways have automatic door openers and can be opened with one hand. All floors are accessible by elevator.
Sound/lighting: The gallery itself is quiet and well lit. There are numerous windows with a view of the South Saskatchewan River. There will be a DJ and dancing as well.
Quiet space: There is an option for quiet space available in the children’s play area. As the social event is taking place after hours, there is not likely to be children in attendance. This area is adjacent to the event space on the same floor as the dinner service.
Food/service: Food will be served buffet style with two buffet lines. Buffet will list ingredients and often will indicate dishes which may accommodate specific dietary restrictions such as gluten free or vegan for example. For allergies/food sensitivities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the conference. Seating will be at round tables with 10 place settings per table.
Washrooms: All washrooms are wheelchair accessible and there are washrooms available on every floor. The washrooms are large in size with multiple stalls; at least one stall is wheelchair accessible. The washrooms are designated as men’s or ladies’ washrooms and there is also a dedicated family and wheelchair accessible washroom.
Assistance animals: Service animals are allowed.
Allergies/sensitivities/environment: The gallery is well lit and spacious. There is no scent-free policy. The gift shop is accessible and well lit.
Lucky Bastard DistillersCrowd: We are expecting approximately 100-120 people to attend this social event.
Transportation: Transportation will be arranged for conference attendees (this is currently being discussed). Otherwise, the Distillery is located in the North Industrial Area and is accessible by personal vehicle, cab, or bus.
Terrain/access/parking: The terrain surrounding the Distillery is paved, but with an overlay of gravel and some rough areas. There is one permanent accessible parking place, but they have more spots and signage that could be available if needed. Caution should be used when entering the building as there is a lip of approximately one inch at the entrance from the parking lot. All doorways are double doors with no centre post and is wide enough for a person in a wheelchair or scooter. There are no automatic door openers and doors have to be opened manually.
Sound/lighting: Noisy environment, dim lighting.
Quiet space: There is an option for quiet space available by closing the coat room door. Two high back wing chairs are available for seating.
Food/service: Snacks and munchies will be served buffet style in distillery area/manufacturing space. There will be room for people to walk around the table or for a wheelchair user to access the snacks. In the distillery area, there may be water on the floor and some smells that are inherent to a manufacturing space.
There is a bar counter which is elevated and will be difficult for a wheelchair user to be visible by the bartender. Bar access is available at the side/staff entrance to the bar area. The service staff will be instructed to attend to the potential presence of people utilizing wheelchairs at the event.
The seating will be set up with round tables, 8-10 place settings/chairs per table. The chairs are lightweight wooden chairs that are easily repositioned. There will also be sofas available on the outer edges of the main venue area.
Washrooms: The doorways are wide. There are no automatic door openers and doors have to be opened manually. A wheelchair user will be able to access the sink with a wheelchair; venue organizers will place soap and paper towels on counter as dispensers will not be accessible from wheelchair height. The women’s washroom has one wheelchair accessible stall and one standard stall. The men’s washroom has one wheelchair accessible stall and a urinal. There are no gender-neutral washrooms.
Assistance animals: Service animals and pets allowed.
Allergies/sensitivities/environment: As stated earlier in this report, the venue is a manufacturing space and as such some smells are present as part of the distillation process. Lighting is dim in some areas. There will be a live band and as such the event will be a high stimulation environment with noise and activity throughout.