Founder and CEO, AccessNow

Maayan Ziv

Diversity & Inclusion. Health & Wellness,. Inspiration.

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Maayan Ziv

Speaker Bio

As CEO of AccessNow, Maayan has created a powerful shift in thinking about the importance of accessibility in our world, from accessible technologies to infrastructure, public policy, media and communications. To date AccessNow has shared accessibility information in over 35 countries. An influential public speaker who is often in the media, Maayan collaborates with private sector companies as well as government and not-for-profit organizations.

She is leading a movement, challenging norms and empowering others to make the future accessible and inclusive for all. Maayan and her work with AccessNow have received numerous awards including: Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2021), the Governor General’s Innovation Award (2020), WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2018), City of Toronto Access Award (2016), David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award (2016).

Maayan Ziv Topics

Accessibility 101

Accessibility in the Built Environment

Social vs. Health Model of Accessibility

How to Be an Accessibility Ally

Disability Employment and/or Entrepreneurship

The Power of Community and AccessNow

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Stories of my life

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Canadian Innovation Space

“The AccessNowApp has vocalized a movement for inclusion and engages a global community to contribute to a more accessible world.”

Carla Qualtrough

“Kudos to all the women & girls with disabilities, like @maayanziv who are breaking down barriers in science & technology. You’re paving the way for the next generation of girls who dream of entering the STEM field.”

Andre Picard, The Globe and Mail

“Maayan Ziv is making accessibility the new norm.”


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