This year’s Worker Co-op Conference is digital! Over September 10 and 11, we will be creating a virtual space for over 1000 cooperators and friends from all over the world. We have worked to the greatest extent of our resources to create accessibility in our virtual conference-space through provision of language justice interpretation support for Spanish and English, closed captioning, children’s programming, and digital security. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to email with questions or concerns.

Language Justice

A big thank you to tilde Language Justice Cooperative, Cenzontle Language Justice Cooperative, the Center For Participatory Change, Antena Aire, Caracol Language Coop, Interpreters Co-op of Madison, the network of virtual language justice interpreting support and many many language justice warriors everywhere that have given countless hours, invaluable insight, and have been generous so much knowledge about how to bring language justice online and into remote organizing. Thank you!

Live Captioning 

In order to facilitate the fuller participation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HoH) folks at the Worker Co-op conference, we are offering live CART captioning provided by CaptionAccess for all conference welcome & keynote sessions. Check out the conference schedule for other sessions which will feature this function!

For Welcome & Keynote sessions, captions will be automatically broadcast to all participants. For additional workshops, captioning will be embedded in zoom so participants can click the closed captioning (CC) button in the Zoom menu to enable captions. If you prefer to view captions in a separate window, you can view the caption feed via this link:

For sessions where CART captioning will not be provided, we recommend the use of free applications such as the following:

For laptops and desktops: webcaptioner

For android mobile phones: Autocap

For Apple devices: SubtitleViewer

These applications require your device speaker / microphone to convert speech to text.

Digital Security

We are implementing extensive digital security protocols to enhance safety and security from “Zoom bombing” and harassment from outside the conference. Each session will be closely monitored by moderators to handle any security breaches.

Children’s Programming

We are proud to offer children’s programming during this year’s conference breakout sessions with facilitators through Circle Up.

Children’s programming is designed to provide children ages 4-12 with a few hours of quality, engaging play and socialization over Zoom, and to offer adult participants a bit more leeway to participate fully in the conference.

Register for the conference and email in order to learn more and sign your child up! You cannot access programming unless you indicate your interest via email!

Please note: As this is a digital space, facilitators are not responsible for ensuring children’s physical safety or participation. They will do their best to provide a fun and engaging time to occupy kids so their caretakers can participate in the conference!