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Navigating Accessibility Beyond Built Environments

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Rick Hansen Foundation’s #APN2024 Accessibility Professional Network event in Vancouver, BC. The event was an enlightening experience, filled with engaging conversations revolving around topics ranging from neurodiversity and the built environment to accessibility in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) planning, and designing inclusive schools to meet …

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The Effects of Recent Remarks

There’s been quite a buzz recently over a billionaire’s Twitter comment under a post questioning the use of sign language in videos when captions are available.¬†This situation has significant influence and could have concerning effects on those who share similar sentiments. It might lead to a lack of accommodations in workplaces and the media.

But let’s delve deeper into this issue. English and American Sign Language are distinct languages, each with its own nuances and richness.

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Embracing Diversity: Celebrating Authenticity and Breaking Barriers

This message is for you.

I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts with those of you who might feel a sense of discomfort or frustration when it comes to labels and the way some people express them. I understand that labels can sometimes feel restrictive or divisive, especially when they are used to create barriers between individuals. It\’s disheartening when people use labels to discriminate or marginalize others based on their differences, instead of embracing the richness of diversity.

However, it\’s essential to recognize that the use of labels can also serve a valuable purpose. Labels can help individuals find a sense of belonging and understanding in a complex world.

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Closed Caption on Platforms

I recognized that the pandemic has caused issues for the deaf communities and likely for people in general, access to platforms proved challenging. Closed Captioning is a must for e-learning, schools and meetings were not being accessible. So I decided to create an info-graphic to share on social media. I hope this is helpful.

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