[community] Please share: Looking for healthcare students and workers interested in joining a January 24th 2023 workshop to provide input on learning resources we are developing for healthcare workers and students

Foster, Julia Julia.Foster at kingstonhsc.ca
Tue Jan 17 03:46:15 UTC 2023

Hi Inclusive Community,
This email looks similar, but is different from an email sent last week. This email is to recruit healthcare students and healthcare providers.

We are a group developing education and resources for healthcare providers and students. The resources will focus on improving accessibility in healthcare for people with vision loss. However, we know people with vision loss use many different healthcare services (not just eye care), so we want to make the learning resources work for healthcare students and workers working in all areas. We will be bringing together a mixed group of healthcare students, workers, and clinicians to provide input on how we can make our resources work for as many people as possible.

Co-design session information:

  *   Date/time: January 24th 2023 in the afternoon (Eastern Time)
  *   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. We will likely be able to do a couple one on one sessions separate from the group session.

Please also share the information with anyone else you think might be interested.


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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Co-Design email information

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 healthcare students and providers 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, healthcare students and providers 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 healthcare students and providers better understand these experiences and incorporate strategies and practices for accessibility into their practice.

Who we’re seeking to participate

We are inviting healthcare students and healthcare providers and workers 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, or Colin Clark at 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

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

Phone:  416-977-6000 x.447

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