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Connecting the Dots Conference 2020

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About Connecting the Dots 

Explore new ideas and learn from industry leaders at Connecting the Dots!

Held annually, Connecting the Dots is Canada's largest educational and professional development experience focused on braille, technology and employment for people who are blind or partially sighted. This two-day conference will provide opportunities for attendees to: 

  • learn more about current trends and innovations in the sight loss community at thought-provoking workshops and informative panel discussions;
  • network with industry experts and connect with other like-minded professionals; 
  • experience the latest advancements in braille and assistive technologies;
  • meet a community of braille transcribers, technology experts, academics, and entrepreneurs from diverse organizations and institutions; 
  • and, gain practical experience from industry experts.

Visit the CNIB Work Zone at Connecting the Dots for an opportunity to:

  • strengthen your personal brand by connecting with HR coaches to receive feedback on your resume or LinkedIn profile;
  • gain valuable career advice from influential people in the recruitment industry through networking with HR pros;
  • perfect your elevator pitch and practice your interviewing skills in our coaching corner;
  • meet a vibrant community of entrepreneurs from CNIB Venture Zone; 
  • and, learn about our digital e-commerce marketplace for entrepreneurs with sight loss.

Testimonials

"The CNIB Connecting the dots conference was beneficial for me not only as an entrepreneur but also as somebody living with vision loss. I got to network and connect with fellow CNIB members, fellow entrepreneurs, as well as some really great companies." – Natalie Minnema, Co-Founder/Accessibility Consultant, Two Canes Consulting.

"I'm sort of new to the community. I reached out to CNIB maybe a month or two ago. At the time, I was very discouraged. After I got laid off my confidence was kind of low. I found that the conference picked me up because I heard a lot of success stories from people that persevered with their vision loss and were able to be successful. There was a lot of learning there too about disclosure and different challenges that people have and I found it really, really positive" – Alwyn Murray, Come to Work talent pool member. 

"Throughout the two-day conference, there were a series of incredible presentations on technology and education as well as celebrating achievements within the blind/partially sighted community. As prepared as I was to attend, I must admit that my preconceptions made me ignorant of the empowering focus of the conference. I took 'connecting the dots, ' so literally. I associated it with sight loss, blindness, braille and identifying as a person with a disability. Listening to presenters, participants and keynote speakers, I learned 'Connecting the Dots' means connecting people to an attainable vision of success. Connecting the many components of a person to create a well-rounded and equitable member of society. Owning your value, learning your abilities and breaking through barriers within yourself and out in the world. Using the tools that exist (or are being invented!) and linking a personal idea of success to the world around us to open doors. Knowing our rights and gaining the courage to compete in a fast-paced environment or walk to the beat our own drum and take a path less travelled. The conference was an empowering and valuable platform. Not only did it connect me with resources, but I learned that my goals are achievable." – Kathy Beitz, Come to Work talent pool member.​​​​​

 

What to expect 

As an attendee 

At Connecting the Dots, you’ll learn from the best!  The conference attracts an incredible lineup of keynote speakers, panellists, educators, and vendors who impart their knowledge, ideas, and research to ignite conversations and provide valuable insights on braille, technology and employment.  

  • Braille: Connect with braille transcribers, educators, independent living specialists, and braille producers to discuss and share all things braille! From UEB rule revisions and new techniques to software solutions - learn from leading experts in braille on an array of topics.
  • Technology: The latest technology at your fingertips! Explore new technologies, products, services, and customized technology solutions that are helping to build and transform the world of tomorrow. Meet with product vendors and learn more about pioneering gadgets, apps, and devices that can support and empower you. 
  • Employment: Whether you’re actively searching for employment or just staying attuned to the landscape, Connecting the Dots is a great resource to help build your professional profile, develop strategies for advocating, and connect with professionals and resources to support your career ambitions. 

As a presenter

Keynote speakers and presenters have access to captive audiences and receive ACVREP continuing education recredits. All sessions will be 50 minutes in length, including Q&A time. Presenters will be given free admission to the conference on the day of their presentation. Presenters wanting to attend the second day as well, a discount on the registration fee will be provided. If you’re interested in presenting a topic related to braille, technology or employment, please complete the "Call For Papers" application and submit it to ConnectingTheDots@cnib.ca by May 15, 2020.

As a tech exhibitor 

You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your brand, promote your latest products, network with talent, and earn business. If you would like to register as an exhibitor (with a table), please fill out the Exhibitors Form.

As an employer/HR recruiter

Connecting the Dots will be an unforgettable learning experience enriched with innovative ideas and educational panels. Learn about providing an accessible and inclusive work environment and connect with job seekers who are blind or partially sighted to discover the full potential of Canada's talent. 

 

Locations 

Toronto, ON   

Date: Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Location: MaRS Discovery District 

Montréal, QC

Date: Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Location: Sandman Hotel, Longueuil

 

Event Program

Finalized program details will be available closer to the conference date. The conference agenda is customizable, so you can choose which sessions align most with your interests and needs.

 

Registration

Toronto

Conference registration will be available soon. Please check back at a later date. Thank you! #CTDConf2020