CiTR Member Spotlight: Deepi Leihl

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Deepi Leihl, left, with twin sister, Jotti. Photo by Alan Campbell/Richmond News.
Deepi Leihl, left, with twin sister, Jotti. Photo by Alan Campbell/Richmond News.

Deepi Leihl is a CiTR member who lives with a rare disability called metatropic dwarfism. As a result, Deepi relies on a heavy, electric chair in order to move around. In spite of her condition, Deepi pursues her dream of becoming a radio broadcaster with relentless determination.

Deepi collaborated with CiTR’s News Director Morgan Yee and community support workers to produce a radio documentary on the issue of accessibility in Metro Vancouver. Deepi’s documentary contains enlightening interviews with the Director of UBC’s Access and Diversity, a representative from Richmond City Hall, and several other key individuals regarding the challenges of improving accessibility for our city’s disabled citizens. Deepi’s extraordinary efforts to highlight accessibility issues have garnered attention from local media such as Richmond News and the CBC. Be sure to check out her documentary and share her story!

News 101’s Deepi Leihl reports on mobility and accessibility issues in Greater Vancouver by Citr 101.9 (Ubc Vancouver) on Mixcloud