Building A More Accessible Dreamforce

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Building A More Accessible Dreamforce

InclusionHub founding partner Salesforce will host an accessibility track at Dreamforce 2022, the largest software conference in the world.

Sep 16, 2022

As part of their commitment to Equality for All, Salesforce is on a mission to host the most accessible event of the year at their flagship conference, Dreamforce.

Last year, the Office of Accessibility and Strategic Events Planning Team introduced American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and closed captioning on the Dreamforce main stage.

For Dreamforce’s 20th anniversary, they continue to increase their efforts by offering an extensive list of accommodations and accessibility options.

Here are a few of the exciting accessibility experiences offered at Dreamforce 2022:

  • Access to Aira, an app and visual interpreting service
  • Sign language interpreters and English captioning
  • Low-friction turf
  • Non-slip stools in restrooms
  • Electric scooters
  • Accessible seating
  • And low sensory spaces

“We want to empower everyone to participate in all that Dreamforce has to offer—without barriers,” says Catherine Nichols, Vice President of the Office of Accessibility at Salesforce.

For the latest resources, accommodations, and details, visit their Dreamforce Accessibility FAQ page to help get the most out of Dreamforce.

The Accessibility Track

Along with the Dreamforce 2022 accessibility improvements, Salesforce also unveiled an Accessibility Track to encourage more significant education and conversation around accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities.

The track consists of 10 sessions in which attendees can join accessibility leaders and advocates to learn more about creating more accessible experiences, fostering a culture of inclusion, and how Salesforce is working to advance the accessibility of its products.

“The accessibility track represents a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about digital inclusion and accessibility no matter where they are in their own inclusion journey,” says Thomas Frantz, Senior Manager of Accessibility Partnerships and PR at Salesforce. “Each session covers unique topics to help you positively impact your workplace and community.”

Salesforce won’t be on the stage alone as they will be accompanied by a few of their favorite partners, Mike Hess, Founder and Executive Director of the Blind Institute of Technology (BIT), and Becky Kekula, Director of the Disability Equality Index at Disability:IN. They will appear in a panel sharing tips on how organizations can implement inclusion and accessibility measures to become powerful platforms for social change.

Here’s a round-up of the sessions:

Tuesday, September 20:

12:30 pm PDT: The Life of a Salesforce Designer

3:30 pm PDT: Accessibility: A Web for Everyone

Wednesday, September 21:

9:00 am PDT: Design with Inclusion

9:00 am PDT: Building Accessible & Inclusive Digital HQs with Slack

11:00 am PDT: Building a Culture of Disability Inclusion

1:30 pm PDT: How Salesforce Creates Inclusive Programs to Train the World

3:30 pm PDT: Creating Salesforce Experiences for Everyone

Thursday, September 22

12:30 pm PDT: Shifting Left: Product Accessibility and Inclusive Design

1:30 pm PDT: Digital Accessibility: What You Should Know First

2:00 pm PDT: Advance Equity Through Access with Your Digital HQ

3:30 pm PDT: Emails for All: A Look into Email Accessibility & Diversity

You can add the Accessibility Track to your Dreamforce agenda now.

Dreamforce, celebrating 20 years in 2022, is the largest conference of its kind. It takes place September 20–22 in San Francisco. You can stream the magic for free on Salesforce+ (select sessions), which will include captioning and sign language.

Salesforce is a founding partner of InclusionHub, a comprehensive online resource directory and content hub dedicated to helping businesses become more accessible and inclusive. Explore InclusionHub’s Resource Directory to learn more about tools and solutions available to your organization.

Written by Thomas Frantz

Thomas Frantz is the former Senior Manager of Accessibility Partnerships and PR at Salesforce.

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