[community] Fw: Looking for people interested in joining a January 19, 2023 workshop related to the accessibility of healthcare for people with low vision, blindness, deafblindness, and other types of vision loss

Foster, Julia Julia.Foster at kingstonhsc.ca
Wed Jan 11 23:37:34 UTC 2023

Hi Inclusive Community,
Please share this around with any contacts you think might be interested. Please also consider people who might be missing from a conversation like this - this could include people who don't even know that accessibility includes them, but still would have stories and insights from their experiences.



I’m part of a team working to improve healthcare services and the daily lives of people with vision loss. We are currently working on a project to create learning materials to teach healthcare providers how to make services more accessible for people who are blind, deafblind and partially sighted (example, someone with vision loss from an eye condition or a brain condition like a stroke). We are looking for people with lived experiences who are interested in sharing stories and ideas. We will be bringing together a small group of people to join an online co-design session to help come up with better solutions together.

Co-design session information:

  *   Date/time: January 19, 2023 in the afternoon

  *   Length 2-2.5 hours

  *   Location: online

  *   Screening: there are a limited number of spaces that we can include in a group discussion, so we will unfortunately not be able to include everyone who emails us if we get a lot of emails. It will not be "first come first serve" because we want to make sure we consider all those who reach out to us in the next week. For those who are interested, we will ask a few brief questions.

  *   Additional details: more details can be found below or attached; compensation will be provided

What to email us if you are interested:

  *   Send the email to myself, and my team members Janushan and Cheryl. You can use the "reply all" feature in your email, or you can paste a list of our email addresses: julia.foster at kingstonhsc.ca<mailto:julia.foster at kingstonhsc.ca>, 19jh8 at queensu.ca<mailto:19jh8 at queensu.ca>, cheryl.li at ocadu.ca<mailto:cheryl.li at ocadu.ca>

  *   Tell us if you prefer us to email or phone you or connect by a video call to discuss the project and ask a few questions - if you prefer phone, send your phone number

  *   If you are not available on this date or know online groups do not work well for you, please still email us as we may have other opportunities in this project or future projects.

Please also share the information with anyone else you think might be interested. You may end up receiving this email through multiple sources as we will still be sending the information broadly.



Julia Foster, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Occupational Therapist

KHSC Vision Rehabilitation Clinic<http://ophthalmology.queensu.ca/faculty/physicians/lvr>, in support of the
South East Ontario Vision Rehabilitation Service (SOVRS)

Department of Ophthalmology

Kingston Health Sciences Centre-Hotel Dieu Site

166 Brock Street, Kingston, ON K7L 5G2

Telephone:  613-544-3400 ext. 2475

Fax: 613-887-2081

Email: Julia.foster at kingstonhsc.ca<mailto:Julia.foster at kingstonhsc.ca>

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Dear community member,

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) is looking for participants for an online co-design workshop. This is a part of a project to create learning resources for students and practitioners in healthcare and occupational therapy on creating accessible practices for people with vision loss.

About the IDRC

The IDRC is an international community of open-source developers, researchers, designers, and advocates who ensure that emerging information technology is designed inclusively. We do this through collaborations that emphasize community participation and input throughout the process, called “co-design.”

About the project

While many people face many challenges finding and accessing healthcare, people with vision loss often face additional accessibility barriers. To improve healthcare delivery for people with vision loss, students and practitioners in healthcare and occupational therapy need to understand both accessibility guidelines and the lived experiences of blind, deafblind, and partially sighted people. The goal of this project, 'Building Capacity in Service Provision for Ontarians with Blindness or Low Vision: Increasing Accessibility in Healthcare Delivery for Persons with Vision Loss', is to create learning materials that will help students and practitioners in healthcare and occupational therapy better understand these experiences and incorporate strategies and practices for accessibility into their practice.

Who we’re seeking to participate

We are inviting students and practitioners in healthcare and occupational therapy to participate in a co-design session for the project. Participants must also be able to participate virtually, using the online video conferencing software Zoom. Your contribution will help make sure our learning materials are created to be inclusive and accessible to you, and work for many different learning styles and needs.

What participation will include

This co-design session will be held virtually on Zoom for 2-3 hours. In the co-design session, you will be asked to share what makes learning resources inclusive, accessible, and effective to you. You’ll also be asked to provide feedback on any existing material.


You will be compensated for attending this co-design session with an honorarium of $50 per hour.

Have questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information about this project, you can contact Cheryl Li at cheryl.li at ocadu.ca<mailto:cheryl.li at ocadu.ca>, or Colin Clark at cclark at ocadu.ca<mailto:cclark at ocadu.ca>.

Please let us know if you are interested in being a part of this co-design session.

Best regards,

Cheryl Li

Senior Inclusive Designer

cheryl.li at ocadu.ca<mailto:cheryl.li at ocadu.ca>

OCAD University

Inclusive Design Research Centre

Please find attached the Research Ethics Board (REB) at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) contact information if you have questions regarding your rights as a participant.

Research Ethics Board (REB)

Email:  research at ocadu.ca<mailto:research at ocadu.ca>

Phone:  416-977-6000 x.447

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