Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.
While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.
This week: High Tech and Barrier Free: One Size Doesn't Fit All
Sean Lavallée & Russel Prouse, Shared Services Canada - Accessibility, Accommodation & Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) Program
Accessible computer technology can change how you interact with technology. Since 1991, the Accessibility, Accommodation and Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) Program has been a driving force in the fields of accessibility, accommodations, and adaptive computer technology. Our mandate is to support employees with disabilities, injuries and ergonomic requirements in their workplace. We provide access to systems, programs, information, computers, and computer resources.
Sean, a graduate from La Cité Collégiale, joined the public service in the Fall of 2004 as a junior Helpdesk Support Technician at Environment Canada, now Environment and Climate Change Canada. During his 11 years at ECCC he provided end user support to employees in just about every ECCC program, worked on large scale migrations and led a team of 20 employees. In 2015 he joined the AAACT program at Shared Services Canada developing and providing solutions to public servants with disabilities or injuries.
After graduating from George Brown College and starting at the University of Ottawa, Russel’s first experience with the federal government came in Regina in 2016, where he served as an IT Operations student with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. After finishing his degree, Russel joined the AAACT Team in 2018. He helps employees with disabilities by adapting computers to their specific needs, and consults on accessibility in the built environment and emerging technologies like wayfinding and Bluetooth Beacons.