Virtual Progress 2020 will be held over two days on June 23-24. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the conference has specifically been designed for an online format.

The success of Virtual Progress relies on providing an inclusive and accessible space for all attendees, speakers, volunteers and organisers. We are grateful for all of the feedback that we received for Progress 2019.

We have made a number of changes to ensure that the digital spaces we provide are more inclusive and accessible, and to elevate the expertise of people with disability in the program.

Whilst we are still finalising the tech of Virtual Progress 2020 with accessibility as a major considering, we commit to the following:

  • Auslan interpretation and live captioning for all plenary sessions
  • Auslan interpretation and/or live captioning as requested for breakout sessions
  • Screen readable version of the agenda and in-session chat
  • Full and partial scholarships for people with disability
  • Briefings for speakers on creating accessible presentations and sessions, and a code of conduct for participants that includes our shared responsibility to create an accessible space

We are also excited to work with Bonnie Millen, Senior Policy Advisory for Advocacy for Inclusion and former President of People with Disability Australia, on program design, and welcome any and all ideas for speakers and sessions via the pitch a session form. Our team has also recently completed training on creating accessible events.

If you have any specific questions, feedback or access needs, our contact point for accessibility at Virtual Progress 2020 is Jess Herne – available at jess@australianprogress.org.au, or via text or call if preferred.