Social Justice

Accessibility Includes Communication

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: Barbara Collier, Speech-Language Pathologist and Executive Director, Communication Disabilities Access Canada

Facilitator: Sarah Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

USSAAC Committee: Lateef McLeod (Chair), Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, Wendy Quach

Click here to watch a captioned version of this video, courtesy of San Jose State University. You will be re-directed to their YouTube channel.

Abstract: This webinar, part of the USSAAC Webinar Series supported by ISAAC, provides an overview of the accessibility requirements of people with communication disabilities when using community businesses and services. It discusses implications for policy makers, legislators, businesses, organizations, and people who have communication disabilities, including people who use augmentative and alternative communication.

Learning Outcomes: Participants learned about

  • communication access as a social justice issue within human rights legislation
  • implications for policy makers and legislators; businesses and organizations; and the AAC community
  • an ongoing Canadian strategy to promote awareness of communication access
  • available resources and networking opportunities

Presenter Bio Sketch: Barbara Collier is Executive Director of Communication Disabilities Access Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization that promotes social justice, accessibility, and inclusion for people who have communication disabilities. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an ISAAC Fellow. She currently manages Communication Access Now, a Canada-wide strategy to promote awareness of the accessibility requirements of people with communication disabilities.