COM0014 Blog 6: What is Your Industry’s Greatest Flaw?

Financial Services – Necessary Evil?

As soon as I read this question, a million things came to mind that I could discuss.  My previous life in the banking industry exposed me to great knowledge and financial tips, but I also saw the side of high pressure sale tactics, the prevalence of fraud and the overabundance of paperwork that is required for tracking and regulation purposes.  There has got to be a better way. But I digress…

Accessibility Should Be Expected, Right?

I wanted to focus more on working in the field of accessibility because it actually touches upon many industries, including technology, educational services, construction, transportation and even tourism.  I was shocked to find out that Canada’s services still have a long way to go and we are seeing more examples in the news of those with disabilities either not being able to access something, or their lives put at risk due to incomplete safety measures. I think one of the biggest impediments in achieving accessibility for all is simply knowing about some of the obstacles they may face!

Knowledge Is Power to Include!

I’ve previously mentioned YouTube personalities who are doing a great job talking about their experiences, which I think is invaluable and social media is instrumental in enabling this content sharing.  I encourage everyone to learn about different disabilities, both physical and invisible, in order to better understand the many obstacles they face on a daily basis and how we can create a more inclusive environment.  There are over 1 BILLION people in the world living with various disabilities according to the World Health Organization.  Those in Canada still face challenges in accessing public services including health care, transportation, accessible housing, websites, technology and very often meaningful employment is also overlooked, creating barriers to become productive members of their community. There is hope, however, as Canada’s first national accessibility law was presented in June as Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act.  This will help put laws in place that will not only ensure that we are all aware of these obstacles, but also provide important guidelines and create accountability.

Have you noticed anything accessible (or not) in your industry or community?

Amazon Alexa pictured on a white background

Voice technology and tools like Amazon’s Alexa have greatly improved the lives of those with visual impairments. Photo by Rahul Chakraborty on Unsplash

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “COM0014 Blog 6: What is Your Industry’s Greatest Flaw?

  1. Good evening Tia
    I found your blog one that I can relate with.
    With having a disability most people see it when you may not walk “normal” or with assistance. But it goes much deeper than that. Not being able to do the every day things one can not do anymore or have never been able to do in their life,
    I was locked in my home for two years not being able to go anywhere on my own. Not taking a bath, golfing or going into my basement to do projects. You lose a part of yourself which you can never get back. Disabilities can change ones life forever in a matter of seconds. It is a battle everyday to win the small wars,
    My best advice is to fight and never give up.

    • Cheryl, thank you for sharing your story and struggle with identity through experiencing a new disability. Great advice to keep fighting and never give up; without hope, what do we have?! It sounds like you have learned to over come it and I sincerely hope you are enjoying the process of finding and creating a new identity.
      This is something that is still not discussed often enough in my opinion; but at least we are generally seeing an increased awareness in the importance of mental health. Growing up we didn’t have open conversations about it in my family; so it’s only now, years later, that I’m able to re-assess my experiences with those of varying disabilities and/or illnesses and reflect upon it with new eyes.
      My mother had lupus and struggled daily, but didn’t show it and for that I am grateful; but I wonder about it sometimes. Although best not to ‘live in the past’ with regret, reflecting on things again later in life helps me to better understand those around me (as well as myself!) and hopefully become more patient and accepting for the future.
      Once again, great advice; thanks very much Cheryl!

      • Thanks Cheryl – you too! 🙂
        I’m in COM0015 right now; I registered for the class with the July 5th start date so I could be finished by the end of the summer…
        Hope you’re enjoying the summer so far!

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