Access is an act of love. Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods is committed to the process of creating equitable and accessible events that meet participants’ access needs.
We recognize that lack of access is tied to ableism and a devaluing of disabled people. Ableism is also connected to colonial systems of oppression. We are actively trying to unlearn and fight against these systems. We recognize that this is a long road and we must work at it in a sustainable manner. We commit to working with community to learn and grow to improve our offerings.
We also believe in being transparent about some of our organization’s barriers and how they may affect participants. We acknowledge that financial limitations keep us from automatically including certain access features that we would like to, two examples being: ASL (American Sign Language) and captioning or CART (Communication Access Real Time Translation). ASL is booked for all workshops but will be cancelled unless we receive confirmation of its need a minimum of three days in advance. We recognize this is not ideal and hope to grow to the stage where it is automatically offered without advance notice but we are not yet at that stage. This is, in part, because we are trying to address financial accessibility and offer a sliding scale for workshop tickets. This means that at some workshops, we make less than the cost of ASL. We currently cannot afford captioning and/or CART; if it is a need of yours, please do contact us so we can try to find a solution.
We will continue to monitor and review this policy. Please contact us if you have feedback. CAN hopes to continue to grow as an organization and get to the point where these accessibility measures are automatically provided. In the meantime, we look for compromises that still meet the needs of our audience while recognizing that they are not ideal. We will continue to work to remove the barriers that limit participation. It is an ongoing practice. We are open to conversation. Please contact us at email@example.com or 604.437.7331 (text or phone).
Accessibility for Zoom workshops include:
- Sliding scale for ticket costs
- Free ASL with minimum of three days notice
- Facilitators verbally describe themselves
- Participants can choose to keep their videos off (although we encourage them to turn them on when speaking for people who read lips)
- Chat conversations and questions are read aloud
- Image descriptions are described and all details of slides are read aloud
- Participants are encouraged to answer in the style that best meets their needs (type answer, speak verbally and/or sign),
- Facilitators explain all acronyms and initials
- Use only captioned videos
- Include a midway break