In 2016, a small grassroots movement within Salesforce started our first resource group for employees with disabilities and their allies and named it, Abilityforce. Over the last 2+ years, we've made significant steps to improving access across our real estate properties, products, internal tools, and events...like Dreamforce.
At Salesforce, we believe that business is one of the greatest platforms for change. That's why we do our best to ensure that Dreamforce feels like an opportunity of a lifetime for all. — with 2,700+ sessions, a chance to get hands-on with the latest innovations, and to learn from Trailblazers across every industry — we know the value in attending the most exciting technology conference of the year!
We hope to become not just the most exciting technology conference of the year, but also the most accessible. Why? It's the right thing to do. We want all of our guests, including our Ohana members with disabilities, to feel like they can participate fully in everything Dreamforce has to offer. That's why, in partnership with our Events Team, we've been hard at work to thread disability inclusion throughout our planning, development, and execution of Dreamforce '18. I'm excited to share some of these highlights!
Navigating a conference like Dreamforce can be a challenge for anyone. As a wheelchair user myself, I've experienced this first hand. It's difficult to break down every barrier, but we've worked to identify key areas to improve accessibility for our guests with mobility and vision-related needs. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
With thousands coming to Dreamforce and 15 million+ online viewers around the world, we understand the importance of equal access and opportunity to all the amazing content shared throughout the week.
How truly accessible would Dreamforce be without amazing representation from our disability community? This year, we're thrilled to welcome speakers with disabilities, as well as sessions dedicated to the themes of inclusivity and accessibility.
Our special guests with disabilities include:
Inclusivity and Accessibility sessions include:
Visit our Dreamforce Accessibility page for more tips, accommodations, and details on how we're making Dreamforce '18 the most accessible yet! And if you have any accessibility-related questions or feedback on how we can make Dreamforce more accessible for all, we'd love to hear from you. Contact our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or @mention me, Sunday Parker on the “All Dreamforce” chatter group in the Success Community.
Sunday Parker is an Accessibility Evangelist on our Product Accessibility and User Experience team at Salesforce focused on training and outreach both internally and to our broader Ohana.