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Okay right off the top let me just say this blog isn't here to shame anyone. When people are excluded we want to call it out so everyone can learn, we're not to boycott any on their first infraction.
I'm heading to the Disability and Work Canada conference in December and am really looking forward to it. I'm hoping to learn and to contribute. I just received the conference package yesterday and there are some excellent ideas that I really hope will be implemented across the country.
There's just one little thing...this was included in the email....
We will not have printed copies of anything on site. We are very conscious of the environmental impact of printing unwanted documents. Please ensure you have electronic copies or print out your own copies before the conference. We will need your help during table discussions at the conference. We will need a note taker at each table and the notes need to be submitted right after each discussion sessions. Please be prepared to volunteer for at least one discussion session.
As someone who is hearing impaired I cannot volunteer to take notes. I have a hard enough time participating in the discussion. I would expect at this conference there will be several people who cannot take notes for a variety of reasons. I'd be disappointed (but not surprised) to see this kind of instruction at most conferences but at one to discuss helping people with disabilities find work? I'm shocked, disappointed and frankly pessimistic of our success with this strategy.
I did write to the organization expressing my disappointed and asked that they rephrase to saying they are looking for volunteer recorders, not as an expectation. They wrote back quickly apologizing for their over site. But I haven't seen an updated email as of yet. But really, can you believe it?
Please send me your comments on this, and other times people, were completely, might I say, tone deaf.
There's nothing I love more than hosting holiday parties. I do my best to make my guests comfortable especially when it comes to people with different abilities (including food allergies). I know how much I appreciate the host turning the music down for me and seating me away from any speakers. With close family and friends you probably know which issues they may be dealing with, but what about those with invisible challenges?
Apartment Therapy has an excellent article on how to make your holiday gatherings more accessible. The biggest takeaway - ask in advance if there's anything you can do to make your guest more comfortable. It's something you probably do with all your guests but particular attention should be paid to those with different abilities so that everyone can fully participate.
What do you need to make holiday gatherings more comfortable for you? Please let us know in the comments below!
Canadians spend a lot of time looking down on Americans for their healthcare, their education and judicial systems but they're beating us in some areas of accessibility. In America most movie theatres, auditoriums, hospitals, etc are equipped with an induction loop.
An induction loop is a system of built-in wireless microphones that transmit sound directly to hearing aids equipped with a T-coil. In a movie theatre that would be the movie sound track. In an hospital it might be the overhead announcements. The user can still hear other things but they are muted making it easier to hear whatever the mics are programmed to pick up.
My workplace put one in our main boardroom. It isn't always perfect but it means I can hear nearly everything said around a table that seats 30 people. I'm currently the only one who benefits from it - my workplace takes accommodation very seriously.
The blue/ear sign indicates the building you're in is equipped with a loop. You do see these in Canadian airports but in my experience they don't always seem functioning. Canadian movie theatres are still using hand help screens with closed captioning. Really handy to have to keep looking down to read the words and then up to the screen to follow the action. I've just quit going to movie theatres. Live theatre venues sometimes have a loop system but you can't count on it.
In England accommodation is mandatory which means universities, the subway system, even stores are expected to have a loop system. I'm not sure why Canada is so far behind in legislating visit-ability? I think it's time we demand better. How else are we going to maintain our smugness over Americans?