Whether you’re just getting started on blazing your trail with accessibility or a skilled champion — we’ve got an exciting line-up of ways to get engaged, learn, and connect with accessibility-themed activations and sessions you won’t want to miss.
Get ready to learn about all things accessibility at Dreamforce ’19!
At Salesforce, we believe that businesses can be a powerful platform for positive social change, which includes amplifying voices from our disability community, providing pathways to learn about designing and developing with accessibility in mind, as well as striving to make Dreamforce inclusive to all our guests.
As part of our commitment to Equality for All, we’re on a journey to not just host the most exciting tech event of the year, but also the most accessible! With 2,700+ sessions, there are endless opportunities to get hands-on with the latest innovations and to learn from Trailblazers across many industries. We want to empower all our guests to participate in everything that Dreamforce has to offer — without barriers. Accessibility means providing full and equal access to everyone, which is why, year-after-year, our Events team has been refining our programming to bring you the most accessible Dreamforce ever. For the latest resources, accommodations, and details, visit our Dreamforce Accessibility page to help get the most out of Dreamforce. …
You’ve all heard it before, that voice over the intercom asking riders to, “Please keep seats adjacent to the doors available to people with disabilities, the elderly and pregnant women. Thank you for keeping BART accessible for everyone.” This usually follows with an announcement on the list of station elevators that are out of service.
The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system is littered with poor design decisions that I am reminded of on a daily basis as a disabled passenger who commutes from my apartment in downtown Oakland to Montgomery station in San Francisco where I work. Many of the ongoing hardships are due to the fact that accessibility was an after thought in the design process — implemented when the infrastructure was already in place. As you can read about in my first experience on public transportation, elevators are located down long corridors and on opposite ends of the station that are outside of fare gates making the entire accessibility passage segregated, confusing and down-right frightening. …
The term, “public transportation” has been an evolving concept for me in the last seven years as a Bay Area resident. The journey begins, however, with ambiguity.
I moved to San Francisco at the age of 17 as a freshman university student directly out of high school. This may seem all quite familiar to a city of transplants but there was a slight caveat: I was disabled.
Living in a downtown San Francisco dorm and utilizing private-school-provided buses to get to and from campus, it would be four months before I ever saw the inside of a subway station.
I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma that did not have a traffic light, let alone a mass transit system. In December 2009, however, I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled across town in the Sunset District. …