As many of us are aware - we live in a technological world. Wifi at home and in public spaces with which we can access information from our laptops, tablets, and cellphones. Email addresses that are accessible from any of these devices - and even via apps to make it easier to connect. When we are … [Continue reading] Technology and Access
I’ve been thinking a lot about belonging and connection lately - thanks to Simon Sinek and his book Leaders Eat Last. And then I came across an article questioning if children should learn sign language in school. Which hit me for two reasons, one of which is that my latest preoccupation has been … [Continue reading] Learning Sign Language in School
Recently I was in a restaurant having lunch with a colleague. The server came to tell us the specials and announced that the soup that day was vegetable, but added: “It isn’t totally vegan, because it’s made with a little bit of cream.” Pause. “So then, it’s not vegan at all,” I suggested. They … [Continue reading] Accessibility – what does it mean?
This past Tuesday, at the Pride Toronto AGM, members voted to uphold the demands of Black Lives Matter made last summer at the Pride parade. One of those demands was the removal of police floats from the Parade. Police spokesperson Mark Pugash expressed disappointment, and is quoted in the … [Continue reading] What Happens When Black Lives Matter
I heard something last week while listening to Spark (on CBC radio) that created a shift in perspective. I love that! American Sign Language (ASL) is not the same as English. Which means that often the literacy rates of people who are fluent in ASL is low. Wait, what?! If you are having the … [Continue reading] ASL – a language all its own
On my run yesterday, I had to cross a busy street. This isn't unusual. But yesterday I noticed a new button at the crosswalk. It's likely not new, but it's the first time I noticed it. And I noticed it, because it beeped when I pressed it. The beep caused me to pause. If I had a visual impairment, … [Continue reading] A new look at a daily activity