Maccess Accessibility Awareness Campaign to run Sept. 21-25
September 22, 2015 at 14:43 pm
As a way of continuing the MSU’s work in this endeavour and welcoming a new cohort of students to McMaster, the MSU is excited to announce Maccess. Maccess is a week-long campaign designed to make students more cognizant about accessibility at McMaster, as well as to emphasize what is being done to eliminate barriers and how students can continue this work. Maccess will feature a variety of programming throughout the week. To see the entire week’s schedule, visit msumcmaster.ca/maccess.
One aspect of this campaign involves students helping to make physical accessibility issues more visible. Some areas and pathways on campus are more accessible than others. Throughout the week, volunteers will be chalking certain areas on campus according to their levels of accessibility. Blue chalk will designate the most accessible routes and red chalk the least. Yellow chalk will represent areas that fall in between. We hope this activity will highlight the lack of accessible pathways in many areas of campus.
In addition, Maccess will feature programming that will include anti-oppression training, beginner sign language classes, and a session on low vision facilitated by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. There will be a speech given by David Lepofsky, a leading spokesperson on legislation surrounding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). In addition, students will facilitate sessions in which they will share their experiences using wheelchairs on campus, as well as a session focusing on the impact of chronic illnesses.
Throughout the week, students can stop by the MUSC-Mills Plaza to talk to Maccess volunteers about the campaign and learn how to get involved with the MSU’s work on accessibility. There will also be a banner inviting students to share their responses to the question “What Does Accessibility Mean to You?” Join in the social media conversation using #Maccess. Coming soon, the app Cartographr will also be available for iOS and Android, where anyone can tag accessibility concerns on a map of McMaster’s campus and see others’ tagged concerns as well.
Maccess will provide an opportunity for students to get more involved in the ongoing conversation around accessibility on campus.
For more information, please contact:
Vice President (Education)
or visit www.msumcmaster.ca/maccess