Accessibility, Visibility and Privacy: What are some ways we navigate access needs in our public and private lives?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
What does accessibility mean to you? For us? And who decides? Should we consider accessibility discourse iin relation to either systems and structure design, health care and social services, or social justice rights advocacy? Are universal access and universal design complementary perspectives? This public conversation will consider the broad range of challenges and opportunities that relate to accessibility advocacy. What is our understanding of accessibility and how do we build upon it?
Mariloue Daudier is responsible for the development of Enable Montreal, a community-centered challenge that seeks to co-create solutions for a more accessible and inclusive city. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University and a Masters of Management in the context of social innovation from HEC Montréal. She specializes in inclusion, change management, partnerships and solution focused practices. She previously worked as a Coordinator for the Regroupement des organismes en francisation du Québec.
Mélanie Rabette holds a diploma and social sciences from Dawson and is a graduate of Concordia University (Anthropology and English Literature). She also holds a certificate in archiving from UdM and a certificate in religious sciences from UQAM. After extensive work experience in the cultural domain, she is a volunteer with Equiterre. She has a neurological condition which limits her mobility and as such, accessibility is essential to her. She is a member of EquiToit, an accessible housing initiative for persons with reduced mobility.
Miruna Alexandra Nica has a passion for the breath of action of community engagement. In 2006, she completed a BA in sociology and human relations at Concordia University. She has dedicated herself to assisting individuals experiencing social precarity and who are either affected my reduced mobility, are newcomers or experience abuse or poverty. She contines this work as part of l’Association multiethnique pour l’intégration de personne handicapées where she is responsible for service coordinations.
Alex Megelas is a programs coordinator with the Office of Community Engagement at Concordia University. He holds an MA in Educational Studies (Concordia) and is currently a PhD student at McGill University, under the supervision of Profs Naomi Nichols and Henry Mintzberg. His research is on the role informal spaces play in fostering social movements. He is an affiliate facilitator of the Center for Community Organizations (COCo) and is the founder of Blackheart Family & Families, a multi-instrumental gathering of musicians, visual artists and community organizers.
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