Access Day 2020 ∞ Made from home


May 21 is the 6th annual Access Day!

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is every third Thursday in May and we’re continuing to celebrate with a full day of programming featuring content that touches on accessibility, self advocacy, and adaptive technology.

Tune into 101.9FM or at anytime between 9am-6pm PDT

Check out the 2020 programming below…


9am ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

Intro to Access Day 2020

Access Day 2020 looks a little different than Access Day’s of year’s past. Due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, the Accessibility Committee was unable to put together a full day of new programming, but All Access Pass collective leader Deepi Leihl, and Programming Manager Madeline Taylor got on the phone to talk about 2020, and how COVID-19 is impacting people with disabilities.


Deepi Leihl has been involved at CiTR since 2012 in various capacities. In addition to sitting on CiTR & Discorder’s Accessibility Committee, she is also CiTR’s Accessibility Collective Coordinator and has been producing content around accessibility and adaptive technology through radio.

Vancouver COVID-19 Update (2020)


10am ~ CJLO 1690AM, Montreal, QC

Meet the Audio Penpals (2018)

On CJLO 1690 AM, the accessibility collective has a show every second Friday called the Audio Penpals. The show is a collaboration with participants (both past & present) from the Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University, which is an educational, clinical and research centre serving adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs populations.

In this piece, Audio Penpals coordinator Cameron MacIntyre sits down with the members to discuss how they got involved and what they enjoy about radio. Further in the episode, Cameron facilitates a group discussion with the Audio Penpals and former coordinator Jenna Welik to discuss accessibility of radio and Concordia University.


Allison O’Reilly is the program director at CJLO 1690 AM. She has been involved in campus/community radio for eight years, first getting her start at CHMA 106.9 FM in Sackville, New Brunswick while attending Mount Allison University. She is also the co-facilitator for the CJLO Women’s+ Collective.

Cameron McIntyre, originally from Toronto, Ontario, is the current coordinator of CJLO’s accessibility collective, the Audio Penpals. He is currently completing his Master’s in Philosophy at Concordia University. Prior to living in Montreal, Cameron spent many summers as a counselor at Camp Rotary in Fredericton, New Brunswick, a camp for children with physical and mental disabilities.


11am ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

All Access Pass goes in style with fashion! (2019)

CiTR’s Accessibility Collective poses a question: is there accessible and adaptable clothing and accessories for people with disabilities? Thanks to the interview with Taylor Bryom (founder of TAYLORHART.DESIGN clothing) and stories like Tommy Hilfiger, slowly and surely, it is! We also talk to Jennifer Light Chan (a fashion designer, beautifier and makeup artist) who has a disability herself. Followed by a conversation with panelists Kevin Tija, and Yat Li to discuss adaptive technology and fashion.


CiTR’s Accessibility Collective produces All Access Pass which explores issues of inclusion, equity, and accessibility for people with diverse cognitive and physical abilities, on campus and beyond.


12pm ~ CJSR 88.5FM, Edmonton, AB

Autism is a complicated and highly individualized disability. Yet most government disabilities programs do not provide the necessary services and resources for adults with Autism. This documentary explores the limitations of Alberta’s Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program with a focus on unfunded adults on the spectrum and the political context surrounding them.


Meagan Miller is a recent graduate of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Alberta. She is interested in story-listening and educating herself on issues relating to (dis)ability, race, and incarceration. Meagan can often be spotted with her headphones on, listening to podcasts like Code Switch or Ear Hustle.

Stump Kitchen (2019)

Stump Kitchen is an online video series that showcases the interesting and ‘Stumptastic’ ways that Alexis Hillyard uses her body when she cooks, accompanied by a whole lot of charming co-hosts along the way! With a sprinkle of cheekiness and a hearty dose of good humour, Alexis expands the vocabulary of what’s possible in the kitchen while celebrating diversity and limb difference.
Lucky Fin Project | CBC Kids | Stump Kitchen | Instagram: @stump_kitchen


Andrea Wiebe recently graduated from the Environmental and Conservation Sciences program at the University of Alberta. She is a current Generator Intern at CJSR-FM in Edmonton and has produced numerous interviews for the station’s “Meet the DJ” series. Her passions are story-weaving and long walks in the Mill Creek Ravine.


1pm ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

Adaptive Technology and Fashion (2019)

What is exactly Adaptive Technology and Adaptive Fashion? The Accessibility Collective members sit down with three panelists to discuss this, share stories from Clovis and Zeynep who are Hard of Hearing as well as interview with Aaron Klein!


CiTR’s Accessibility Collective produces All Access Pass which explores issues of inclusion, equity, and accessibility for people with diverse cognitive and physical abilities, on campus and beyond.


2pm ~ CJSW 90.9FM, Calgary, AB

Bumping into Walls (2018)
In this episode, Kathryn interviewed Lynn Swenson where she talks about innovative ways to tech yoga to blind and low vision students.

Accessible Airwaves (2018)
In this episode, Adam conducts two interviews about disability and parenting. Dr Brent MacDonald is a registered phycologist and discussed learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and how parents and children can  overcome barriers. Adam also interviewed Sue and Darby. Sue talked about parenting children who have autism spectrum disorder. Darby is one of her children and also joined in the interview.


“Bumping into Walls” is a monthly, conversation-style spoken word program about living with vision loss, the challenges, the successes, and the day-to-day walls we all bump into. Hosts Anthony Hodgetts, Kathryn  MacLeod, and Jesse Tregarthen talk about their lived experiences and share the stories of others.

“Accessible Airwaves” is dedicated to the education and exploration of disabled life, giving voice to the life and experience of people with disabilities. We cover a wide array of issues and disabilities. We are people who  discuss issues we are passionate about and topics we are interested in. We show how disability is in the mind of the beholder.


5pm ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

Grant Hardy from AMI (2019)

An interview with Grant Hardy, a Broadcast Presenter for AMI-TV Vancouver.


CiTR’s Accessibility Collective produces All Access Pass which explores issues of inclusion, equity, and accessibility for people with diverse cognitive and physical abilities, on campus and beyond.

A Conversation with Sharona Franklin (2020)

Sharona Franklin is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, whose wide range of mediums, which include sculpture, textiles, collage, written word, and memes. We discuss how her disability has informed her practice and the process of her finding her boldness and voice in disability advocacy.


Dora Dubber is the Volunteer Manager at CiTR & Discorder and works with Deepi Leihl, the Accessibility Collective, and the station’s volunteers to promote accessibility in all forms at the station.


CiTR works to foster and sustain a safe and inclusive environment for our members, volunteers, guests and supporters. We reflect the UBC campus, the city, and the multicultural/multiracial nature of both, and honour an inclusive, healthy and dynamic society in which each person, regardless of background, experience or circumstance, is able to participate and benefit in varying capacities. Access Day programming focuses on these commitments through the content and voices of our guests, bringing these values, and the associated challenges, to the minds and ears of our listeners, volunteers, and programmers.

This special programming event takes place on occupied, traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.