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Parks Accessibility Conference

ASL, English Voiceover and English captions provided.

Accessible Parks Canada hosting conference on August 23-25, 2022, visit site to learn more Parks Accessibility Conference

Hi. I’m Leah Riddell, artist of the card you just scanned from. I’m honoured and thrilled to be chosen to design for the Parks Accessibility Conference to teach you sign language. Their slogan is “Make Canada’s National Parks Accessible”. I completely agree! We CAN make this happen. A first step to inclusive communication when encountering visitors in the parks is understanding and communicating using some signs! Are you ready to learn?

The card illustration is…Light tan with a map of Canada in the background behind two individual illustrations, in middle is their slogan, with QR code on the bottom.  

The image to my right…

…  shows the sign: Canada. This illustration shows a woman in a warden green bullet proof vest, gray uniform and wearing a campaign hat and glasses: Canada. Using your dominant fisted hand with thumb sticking up, place it palm facing inwards on your chest on the dominant side, tapping twice.

The next image…

Accessible. A man in a ranger blue shirt uniform wearing a cap with beaver logo, seated in a wheelchair: Accessible. Using both hands fingers outwards and closed together and slightly bent at the palms facing downward, the dominant hand glides forward, skimming under the nondominant hand twice.

The next image…

…Shows the reverse side of the card in a variety of blue tones, displaying depth of field, with forestry in the background, water between, and a path of trees in the foreground. Two Canada Geese fly by; on the water, two individuals paddle in a canoe; a hiker pauses having spotted a moose hidden in the treed path.

The next image…

The sign for Nature. A light skin man with short hair in blue shirt: Nature. Using the dominant hand, palm down, with index and middle fingers extended and the remaining fingers fisted together, make a loop and then land with fingertips on the back of the fisted, non-dominated hand. 

The next image…

Water. A dark skin woman wears blue shirt and head-tie: Water, with dominant hand raised with baby finger and thumb touching and remaining fingers raised, index finger touches chin tapping twice. 

The next image…

Wildlife. A medium dark skin man in a blue shirt and turban: Wildlife. Both hands fingers together and bent at the palms, touch with fingertips to the chest, using a rocking motion, inwards and outwards twice. 

The next image…

Trail. A lighter skin woman in blue shirt and red/brown hair in a bun atop her head and curls along the side of her face: Trail. With palms facing each other, fingers together and thumbs sticking upwards, both hands move together in a winding path.

Now you have learned 6 signs to communicate with people you meet in the parks. If you are interested to learn more, check out my link below… 

Thank you!

On a white background with text in blue “Parks Accessibility Conference”.  Below in black text “Accessible Parks Canada Research Project, The KITE Research Institute, University Health Network” A message in black text below reads, “Thank you for the honour of designing & teaching.” Beneath are two logos side by side, and along the bottom, the website, Instagram and Facebook name “signablevi5ion”.

Parks Accessibility Conference, Aug 23-25, 2022
SignAble Vi5ion Inc., Leah Riddell
Illustrator/Teacher: Leah Riddell
Voiceover: Renee McKinley
Captioning: Closed Caption Services