Visible and Invisible Barriers to Accessibility in a COVID-19 World
EDI + Belonging Task Force
An exploration of visible and invisible barriers in relation to COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures. Providing a snapshot of potential areas of impact and unique challenges faced by persons with disabilities during the pandemic. Emphasis will be placed on issues including housing, online learning, income support measures, access to basic needs, and student-related issues.
About Andrew Ashby
Andrew Ashby is the Accessibility Coordinator for the Human Rights and Equity Office at Queen’s University. He is a twenty-year experienced accessibility professional recognized for enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication in providing accessible and inclusive environments for persons with disabilities. At Queen’s, Andrew is responsible for the coordination of accessibility initiatives throughout the University, including those initiatives stemming from the requirements of the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As a person living with a disability, Andrew fully appreciates the significance of being able to work and learn in a way that takes into account dignity, independence, integration, and equality of opportunity.
Andrew created and manages the Accessibility Hub website. The Accessibility Hub, a central online resource for accessibility at Queen’s. The Accessibility Hub serves to elevate inclusion and improve access for everyone on the Queen’s campus. Andrew also sits on the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) for the City of Kingston and is a member of the Technical Committee for Outdoor Spaces Standards for the new Federal legislation, "Accessible Canada Act".
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