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Continuing to Spread the Message about Communication Access

Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) has been busy over the past two weeks.  Here are a few highlights…

Nationally: On Monday, Barbara Collier, Executive Director of CDAC presented at the national forum on ensuring equality in the justice system for people with intellectual disabilities.  Barbara shared info6rmation about CDAC’s trainings and national roster of communication intermediaries.

On the West Coast: Last week, BC Regional Coordinator Lois Turner and Social Media Coordinator Glenda Watson Hyatt shared the Communication Access Now message with the Inter-Agency Committee, hosted by City of Surrey. The presentation was enthusiastically received by this group representing several Lower Mainland cities and various disability-related organizations.

All attending members reported that they intend to display the Communication Access Symbol in their department or agency; some showed an interest in implementing the online learning course within their workplaces.

In Ontario: Regional Coordinator Tracy Shepherd along with Communication Access Now (CAN) Ambassador Nola Millin presented to the City of Windsor; Toni Southern, a Communication Intermediary from the area, also attended. This group was very interested and receptive to using the Communication Access Symbols and strategies in their work with the public.

Tracy and Nola also presented to the Windsor Police.  The Police station already displays the Communication Access Symbol prominently in their lobby and reception area.

In a letter from appreciation, Lori Powers, Director of E911 Centre, wrote, “This was an excellent presentation that was well received.”

Lori is dedicated to using the CAN materials to train staff as well as using the Communication Intermediary Services from the Access to Justice project.

In the Maritimes: Debbie Maund, Atlantic Canada Regional Coordinator along with Kalika Webb shared the CAN message at the Nova Scotia Minister’s Advisory Panel on Accessibility Legislation Public Consultation in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Panel members were pleased to learn of the CAN project and are taking the information back to their committee. We look forward to future dialogues with them.

To have someone speak to your city, business or organization about communication access, please contact your regional coordinator.

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