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Sunday, September 16th, 2018


15 Mill Street, Toronto Ontario (map)

The Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CSSD), in partnership with Creative Amnesty, TakingITGlobal, Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, Little Robot Friends, VideoLinkwell and OCAD's Inclusive Design Research Centre is excited to announce a full day of exploring Deaf culture, technology and Society.

On Sunday, September 16th visit the Deaf Culture Centre in the historic Distillery District in Toronto for a day of engagement and interaction. Join a free introductory coding class designed specifically for Deaf learners, or come share your thoughts on how technology can be used to make our cities more inclusive for Deaf people.  



1-Day Coding Class For Deaf Youth
10:00am – 3:00pm

Deaf children and teens who are curious about technology and coding are encouraged to explore the basics of electronics and learn the fundamentals of code. Please feel free to share is information with any families you know who have Deaf children and youths.

Registration now for 1-Day Coding Class for Deaf Youth

Deaf Culture + Technology + Society
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Share your ideas and help design Canadian cities to be more responsive to Deaf Culture. Deaf individuals and allies are invited to join us in person or online, for engagement and interaction. Activities and discussions will be led by OCADU's Inclusive Design Research Centre.

Get involved! If you know of any Deaf individuals from across Canada who are not able to attend in person, but wish to join us online, please let them know to contact by 5pm, Friday September 14th 2018.

Register now for Deaf Culture + Technology + Society

Refreshments will be served.


Want to connect with communities in Toronto and create or host an event?  Get in touch with us. 


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Creative Amnesty is a collaborative collective that explores and showcases the intersections between the arts, technological innovation, and communities. It aims to foster more employment, entrepreneurship, and innovations among those currently under-represented in Canada’s tech world.


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Creative Amnesty hosts art shows, tech talks and innovative programs - inviting people from diverse communities within Toronto and surrounding areas - to collaborate and learn from each other, share knowledge, skills and a diversity of perspectives.

Currently, we are partnering with the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CSSD), TakingITGlobal, Little Robot Friends, VideoLinkwell, OCAD University and Koob SourceText Solutions Inc. to explore the intersections between deaf culture and technology.

Come join us!

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Claudia McKoy, Chair, Creative AmnestyClaudia McKoy, Chair

Claudia McKoy has over 15 years of experience in developing and executing successful strategic marketing campaigns and fundraising initiatives as well as creating and managing events for non-profit organizations. She has worked with several community and arts-based organizations including The Deaf Culture Centre, Art of Time Ensemble, The National Arts Centre, Mirvish Productions, The Toronto Women’s Bookstore, Mayworks, Harbourfront Centre and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

For Greenpeace Canada, she launched the first nationwide Digital Canvassing Program.  In 2015, she is the founder of UpSurgence, a fundraising and marketing firm. Claudia is an avid Chelsea FC fan.


Jennifer Trotman, VP, Creative AmnestyJennifer Trotman, Vice President

Jennifer Trotman’s passion for writing poetry earned her a place in both the performance, and slam poetry underground scenes of Toronto at the turn of this century. As a performer, she went from the necessity of self-promotion to the practicality of networking and collaborating with musicians and poets to create events and exciting new creative projects.

Mrs. Trotman designs jewelry for stage performers under her brand Frekkle Designs.


Jennifer Chadwick, Secretary, Creative AmnestyJennifer Chadwick, Secretary

Jennifer is a digital accessibility consultant, strategist and user experience designer who has been working to solve the problem of terrible website experiences since 2001.  She is passionate about inclusive design and for the last 13 years has worked globally alongside web designers, developers and content writers to guide them on how make their websites, mobile apps, video and documents accessible and inclusive for everyone. 

Jennifer is Lead Accessibility Strategist, North America at Siteimprove. She is involved in projects such as the Accessibility Switchboard, the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium and AG Silver Community Group for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


Katrina Atienza, Treasurer

Katrina is currently a graphic designer at Human Contact. She has previous experience as a UX/UI designer that has worked on digital teams for Fio Corporation and JTI developing user systems.

Katrina was also an art teacher for the Kitsch art summer program for Albion Community in partnership with Toronto Police.


Frank Francis, Creative AmnestyFrank Francis

A seasoned impresario, Mr. Francis is the Founder of Caliban Arts Theatre in Toronto.


  Liam O’Doherty

Liam is a community organizer with a background in sociology, semiotics, improvisation and environmental issues. When he is not connecting and mobilizing youth with innovative solutions to global challenges, he enjoys riding bikes, swimming to music, cooking without recipes and drinking copious volumes of tea.

Liam is the Digital Youth Engagement Program Director at TakingItGlobal.


William Seneshen

William Seneshen has worked in the computer graphics and animation industries since 1985 in a variety of roles, spanning everything from director and creative supervisor to animator and software developer.

His most recent studios and responsibilities have included Nelvana Animation Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment (Director of Studio Operations), ToonBox Entertainment (Head of Production Technology), and DreamWorks Animation (Character Effects Supervisor and Senior VFX Animator) where he contributed to numerous feature films including the 2001 Academy Award-winning Shrek series.




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