Accessibility Statement and Some Conference Tips

The Canadian Association for Theatre Research is committed to the principles and practices of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that respect the dignity and independence of all persons. To properly accommodate the bodies and the abilities of all our members, the Association will work to provide accessible materials, activities, and facilities in both physical and virtual environments.

CATR/ACRT is committed to making arrangements that allow all members of the association to participate in the annual meeting. Below are steps we ask you to take to ensure this is possible (you can also download a copy of these tips by clicking here):

  • Access Copies: Presenters should plan to bring three copies of their papers, even in draft form, for the use of attendees who wish to follow the written text. Presenters who use handouts should prepare some copies in a large-print format (Sans-serif font, 16-point type size). Presenters should indicate whether they want their papers and handouts returned.
  • When speaking, position your face at an angle that allows participants to read your lips. Avoid speaking while facing away from the audience, or while looking down at papers or screens.
  • Please say your name before asking a question.
  • Please describe any power points or visuals.
  • If you are planning on showing video during your presentation, please plan on captioning/subtitling your video or having transcripts available.
  • If engaging in experiential activities make sure you have planned for the inclusion of all, regardless of physical abilities.
  • Consider making it possible for attendees to obtain an electronic version of any text that allows for type size adjustments or use of text readers (creating audio from written text).
  • Please allow for understanding for anyone who may need to leave a space for a calmer environment during conference events.
  • Please allow for a smell-free environment, and refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.

The achievement of the Association’s goal depends on the participation of each and every member of our community, including board members, established and emerging scholars, and artists alike. Each of these parties has a role in creating an equitable and safe environment, as well as in the accommodation process and the identification, removal, and/or reduction of barriers.

Our goal of an accessible environment is a process and so we encourage dialogue within the community and welcome feedback and questions. Not one accommodation is suitable for every person, and the only solution is to consistently commit to conversations and creativity in every aspect of our organization.

 General requirements of presenters:

  • Please bring your own laptops or tablets if you need them for presentations, and your own VGA adaptors.
  • Please have all materials downloaded, including online videos, images, etc. We cannot guarantee that you will have access to Internet at the conference sites.
  • Please plan on arriving at the site of your panel/presentation at least 10 minutes before it begins for a quick tech-check.
  • Please arrive with a printed version of you bio, about 150-words long, for the moderator to use to introduce you.
  • Please time yourself before the presentation to ensure that you are not exceeding the time allotted to your presentation (20 minutes/paper for three-member panels; 17 minutes/paper for four-member panels).


Déclaration d’accessibilité de l’ACRT

L’Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale a à cœur les principes et pratiques d’équité, de diversité et d’inclusion qui respectent la dignité et l’indépendance de toutes les personnes.

Pour que tous nos membres soient accueillis correctement avec leurs particularités corporelles et leurs capacités, l’Association travaillera à rendre le matériel, les activités et les installations accessibles dans les environnements tant physiques que virtuels.