American Sociological Association

Access for All

Accessibility Resources

Creating an Accessible Presentation

Letter to ASA Members on Accessibility

Quick Links

Below are links with informaton on traveling within Montréal. Please note that not all ADA regulations apply in Canada.

The Accessible Road

Public Transportation (STM) Guide

Accessible Restaurant Guide

Keroul: Tourism & Culture

ASA is committed to making the Annual Meeting accessible to all. ASA will make arrangements for sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, other communication tools for meeting registrants. Please use the "Accessibility Services" portion of the registration form to identify your needs. Meeting Services will contact you to discuss options. You may also call ASA Meeting Services (202-383-9005 x 305) to speak with Meeting Services directly. Requests must be received by July 1, 2017. Attendees who do not make advance arrangements for services or equipment can inquire at the ASA Information Desk onsite. Every reasonable effort will be made to assist attendees onsite however, ASA may not be able to provide all services or equipment due to availability or the time required to obtain them.

ASA will also have a loaner scooter and wheelchair available at the Meeting Information Desk in Viger Hall at the Palais des congres de Montreal. If you would like to order a scooter or wheelchair to be delivered to your hotel, please visit the ASA Scootaround webpage or call (888) 441-7575.

Should a Problem Arise While You Are Onsite at the ASA Meeting

If you have any problem or negative experience related to accessibility, including issues with housing, meeting sessions, travel throughout the city, restaurants, or any other accessibility related issue, please report the issue to the Meeting Information desk, which will be located in Viger Hall, Level 2 of the Palais des congrés de Montréal.

An ASA Meeting Services team member will record the concern in our Accessibility Log and will be your advocates in working to resolve the issue whenever possible.  By informing us of any concerns that arise we can work toward making the ASA Annual Meeting more welcoming to sociologists with disabilities, and make the cities and hotels where ASA meetings are held more aware of accessibility issues.

Additional Services

  • All plenary sessions will be live captioned. Attendees will no longer be required to webstream the captions.
  • Copies of the Final Program in enlarged print are available upon request from the ASA Information Desk.
  • The Annual Meeting app is VoiceOver compatible. Click here for instructions.
  • Each presentation or session should be designed and conducted with the full participation of all in mind. ASA requests that all presenters review the Guidelines for Accessible Presentation and take the steps necessary to make all programming accessible to their respective audiences. 

Hotel Shuttle

Shuttle service will operate between the Marriott Chateau and Fairmont hotels and the Palais des congrés de Montréal. A wheelchair/scooter accessible bus will operate during all hours with supplemental bus service during morning hours. The shuttle will operate on a constant loop but please keep in mind that travel time will take longer during rush hour. A uniformed coordinator (look for a yellow vest) will be stationed in each hotel lobby to answer questions. The shuttle will operate on the schedule below.

  • August 11, shuttle hours 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • August 12, shuttle hours 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • August 13, shuttle hours 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • August 14, shuttle hours 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • August 15, shuttle hours 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Gender Inclusive Restroom

ASA will designate gender inclusive restroom facilities. These restroom facilities are available for use by all persons, regardless of their gender identity. Designated restrooms will be located on Level 5 and Level 7 of the Palais des congres de Montréal.

Comfort Room

A comfort room will be available for use by attendees requiring a respite from meeting activities. Room 440, Level 4, of the Palais des congres de Montréal is the designated comfort room.

Lactation Room

A lactation room will be available for attendee use. The location of the dedicated lactation room is room 446, Level 4, of the Palais des congres de Montréal.


If you have hotel room requirements, please be sure to indicate those needs on your housing form when requesting a reservation. You may also contact Housing Services directly for assistance with accessible rooms.

Accessible Transportation

A certain number of adapted taxis are available at Montréal–Trudeau. Please speak to the dispatcher to request one. Taxi service, other than servicing the airport, usually requires one hour notice to transport passengers who use wheelchair/scooters. The Para-Adapté Taxi is the best and contract with individual drivers whom all have different types of vehicles. The telephone number is 514- 277-3344 and email address is Other taxi companies offering accessible service are Taxi Diamond, 514- 273-6331; Taxi Boisjoly, 514-255-2815; Taxi Rosemont, 514-255-131; Taxi Expert, 514-374-7171; Taxi Van Medic, 514-739-9933 or 514-779-7767.

Please email ASA Meeting Services or call (202-383-9005 x 305) if you have any questions.




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