NWIA aims to hold a symposium that is as barrier free as possible. This is one of the reasons that registration for low income individuals is free. We are partnering with the Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) and holding all of our symposium activities at their facility located at 32 Lisgar Street in Toronto Ontario It is their practice to do everything they can to create a safe and accessible space.
Building Access via Lisgar Park
The main entrance is on the north side of the building, opening up onto Lisgar Park. The park is accessible from all sides via gently sloping ramp, but is mostly level with the sidewalk. The park is mostly flat, obstacle-free concrete. However, snow/ice accumulation may affect this.
As of June 2019, the City of Toronto has removed the curb cut that previously provided access to TMAC. They are in the process of attempting to have the curb cut reinstalled. In the meantime, the nearest curb access point is inside the Green P parking lot south of the park.
The main entrance to the building features three sets of doors. The far-left doors will be unlocked during any scheduled event. All of the doors open by pushing inward, not pulling. The doors are not powered. During events they are often propped. If you require assistance with the door, please let us know ahead of time and we will meet you. If you encounter any issues once you’ve arrived, please call or text (647) 689-6005 and someone will be happy to meet you.
Access to Second and Third Floor
All Symposium activities will be taking place on the 2nd floor, accessible via an elevator just inside the main entrance. All of the Interior galleries and event spaces are barrier-free.
The ground floor washroom and toilet are wheelchair accessible. There is a private accessible washroom on the second floor next to the shared all-gender washroom, and two accessible stalls in the shared all-gender washroom.
If you require ASL interpretation or any other interpretive assistance, please contact us ahead of the symposium and we will do our very best to accommodate. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org