Access Day 2021 ∞ Accessibility in COVID


May 20 is the 7th 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 PST

Check out the 2021 programming below…


9am ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

ADHD is not just a quirky pandemic trend, Karan Saxena

An hour long fill-in discussion about how the pandemic has made people believe that ADHD is just the inability to focus and be distracted, which dramatically increased as a trend on social media—and why it should not be reduced to a simple quirk.


9:30am ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

Content Creators & Accessibility: A Roundtable Discussion, CiTR’s Accessibility Collective

Everyday, people with disabilities encounter accessibility issues, especially in the entertainment sector. So in this workshop, we will be doing a roundtable panel where content creators with disabilities will come together to discuss COVID’s impact on creating content, especially highlighting accessibility challenges they encounter and more. As well, how we as a society can do better and make platforms more inclusive, adaptable and equitable. Including a Q&A from CiTR’s Accessibility Collective and from the live audience.


11am ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

Blind New World, Lorem Ipsum

One of the founding principles of online dating revolves around profile photos, and many users base their decisions on snap optical judgements of attractiveness. But what if you can’t see the person you’re matching with? Deon talks with Marco Salsiccia to find out what online dating is like for him as a blind man. Marco is an accessibility expert from San Fransisco.


11:30am ~ CKUT 90.3FM, Montreal, QC

An Interview with Azalia Zaviani, Sheila Ferrando

Produced by Sheila Ferrando and Matthew Jackson for CKUT’s Wednesday Morning After morning radio show, this interview features Azalia Zaviani, an artist and dancer with Cerebral Palsy. She is interpreted as an english speaker by Kakim Goh, curator and project manager. Azalia is a part of this year’s Festival Acces Asie.


12pm ~ CFRU 93.3FM, Guelph, ON

Bridging the Social Distance Ep 140: Catherine Livingstone, “The Opal Season”, Jenny Mitchell

Jenny Mitchell works at CFRU in Guelph as “The Volunteer and Mobile Studio Coordinator”, and during this pandemic has been hosting a show called Bridging the Social Distance. A big part of this show has involved virtually connecting with seniors to give them a platform to share their stories. Today Jenny interviews Catherine Livingston, a Dementia Care Consultant and founder of “The Opal Season”, currently based out of Winnipeg Manitoba. Jenny and Catherine connect to discuss what accessibility looks like in terms of our work with seniors, and how the pandemic may shape our approaches to accessibility going forward.


1pm ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

Chatting With Freestyle Motocross Rider, Bruce Cook!, CiTR’s Accessibility Collective

Chatting With Freestyle Motocross Rider, Bruce Cook! CiTR’s Accessibility Collective chats with Kelowna’s own and Freestyle Motocross Rider, Bruce Cook! How did his love for the sport come about and how did he bounce back after his terrifying accident? The group also asks how the pandemic has been for him as far as training goes.


2pm ~ CKUT 90.3FM, Montreal, QC

Radio Moon

Radio Moon is a Montreal-based program created by people living a full life with mental health issues. Let’s hear about how they’ve adapted to the pandemic in this creative and thoughtful audio collage.


2:30pm ~ CICK 93.9FM, Smithers, BC

Hwy 16, Pamela Haasen

Municipal politics can be a thankless job, but North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice in Prince Rupert was thrilled to share the news that Highway 16 in Northern British Columbia was about to gain cell coverage through an initiative by the provincial and municipal government as well as Rogers Network. This is a monumental change to Northern BC and especially Hwy 16, which is known as the highway of tears because of the amount of indigenous women and girls who have gone missing on that stretch of highway. If you want to learn more about that epidemic, I suggest you visit: Listen to my interview with MLA Jennifer Rice about what this means for the community, forwarding a promise of reconciliation and safety for indigenous women and girls, and connectivity during this world wide pandemic.


3pm ~ CiTR 101.9FM, Vancouver, BC

What’s happening at UBC?, CiTR’s Accessibility Collective

Accessibility Collective members, Monica and Jordan, have fun discussing the pandemic & accessibility of the online format & a lot more with UBC’s students & alumni: Rachel Cheang, Amanda Mah, Anna Mylvaganam & Hannah Sullivan Facknitz.


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, unceded, and shared territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.