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Ensuring Accountability and Progress with Sign2Work Training

In today’s diverse and inclusive work environments, effective communication is crucial. Sign2Work, a leading training platform, is dedicated to bridging communication gaps by teaching sign language to employees. When employers invest in the Sign2Work training program, they not only empower their workforce but also ensure that their employees have the necessary tools to communicate effectively …

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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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Understanding Challenges in Online Meetings

When a Group Promoting Accessibility Faces Unexpected Issues In the realm of virtual events, unexpected challenges can arise, especially when a non-accessibility-focused organization brings in a speaker to talk about accessibility. Recently, I attended a webinar under these circumstances, and it shed light on some surprising hurdles faced by participants seeking an inclusive digital experience. …

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Back to School: Fostering Inclusive Communication and Deaf Awareness

As the summer season draws to a close, the anticipation of a new school year fills the air. While the back-to-school checklist typically revolves around backpacks, notebooks, and pencils, it’s equally crucial to consider the diverse communication needs of students and raise awareness about deafness within our school communities. Every child deserves an education that …

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Open Captions: Making Movies Inclusive

Last week, I posted a message accompanied by a video, asking a seemingly simple yet crucial question: \”Where and when are open captions available at the movies?\” This inquiry shed light on a relatively rare and often overlooked aspect of the movie-going experience, and it\’s high time we addressed it. Open captions, or lack thereof, have a significant impact on the inclusivity of cinemas, and the emergence of cup holder caption devices poses an intriguing dilemma that deserves our attention.

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A Journey from Hope to Positive Change

In a world where struggles are not uncommon, there are individuals who emerge with a vision fueled by passion and hope. SignAble Vi5ion is one such endeavor, born not out of mere passion, but a profound desire for positive transformation in the lives of the Deaf community and beyond. This blog narrates the personal journey of the visionary behind SignAble Vi5ion, how they evolved from witnessing struggles within their family and friends to striving for positive change that could impact the world. Their wish to create a practice of inclusive communication that meets the needs of Deaf individuals and those faced with communication barriers while benefiting everyone became the driving force behind this inspirational endeavor.

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Embracing Inclusivity: Breaking Barriers in the Workplace

August 2nd, a date that marks the passing of yet another year in my life. As I celebrate my birthday, I can\’t help but reflect on the things that remain unchanged over the years. One significant aspect that continues to persist is the barriers faced by disabled and deaf individuals in the workplace. Despite progress in various fields, some hiring practices still deny opportunities to those who communicate differently. It is disheartening to see that ignorance and misconceptions about disabilities still prevail. However, it is not a time to lose hope; change is possible, and it starts with raising awareness and providing the right training and knowledge to create an inclusive environment.

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Artistic Ice Cream Social with S5WAVES and Community Support

Last Saturday, S5WAVES – a local Kingston grassroots organization I founded reached a new milestone as we hosted our highly anticipated third Awesome Ice Cream Social. This year\’s event was not only a delightful gathering but also an artistic showcase and a heartwarming display of community support. From the talents of four artists displaying their artwork to the captivating performances of two Kingston Circus Art performers and two Deaf storytellers, the Ice Cream Social became a resounding success that left us captivated and filled with gratitude.

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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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