Accessibility

UVic Orientation is committed to making our events as accessible and barrier-free as possible. If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in our events, please provide details when you register and/or contact us at orientation@uvic.ca.

Orientation events in 2021 will be hosted in a hybrid format. Some events will be held in-person, while others will be held online. All events hosted virtually will be using Zoom or Microsoft Teams. These platforms offer a number of accessibility features, including captioning. 

Our accessibility practices

In-person events

  • Wheelchair accessible: All buildings used in orientation programming are wheelchair accessible.
  • Microphones: All speakers during all orientation events are expected to use a microphone when speaking. 
  • Respite spaces:  Respite spaces are available at all central orientation events. These are quiet spaces that you can visit if you need a break from the crowds and noise of orientation. 
  • Child-friendly: All orientation events are child-friendly; if you are unable to find child care, you are more than welcome to bring your child with you. While we appreciate advance notice if a child will be attending, it is not required. 
  • Live-streaming: During New Student Welcome, our opening ceremony is live-streamed into a separate, smaller room for those who would prefer not to be a part of the large crowd and noise in the CARSA performance gym. 

Virtual events

  • Closed captioning: All of our virtual events will include closed captioning
  • Schedule breaks: Breaks are scheduled frequently in order for people to recharge. A more detailed schedule of event days will be available in the weeks before our events. 
  • Screen-reader compatible platforms: All live workshops and info sessions will be delivered in screen-reader compatible platforms. 
  • Recorded sessions and transcripts: Many workshops and info sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing on our website. When the recordings are posted, there will be corresponding transcripts available for each session when possible.

Other ways we can help

  • Print materials: Electronic copies of workshop presentations are available in formatted or plain-text versions. Please indicate if you would like to receive copies in your registration form.

Something else we're missing? Please do not hesitate to reach out with any other accommodations you may require to participate!