As an occupational therapist in the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program, I used to pride myself on already being aware about the various aspects of our environment that facilitate of hinder the participation of persons with disabilities. I realized that I still have a long way to go. This training taught me that there is so much more that we can learn (and should learn!) about inclusive design. The various skills on making digital documents more accessible will be very useful especially now that, with the shift to remote work and remote learning, a lot of our documents are only available online.
I really liked the hands-on demonstration and trial activities where we got to explore the platforms ourselves with the guidance of our instructors. It was a really effective and engaging way to learn more about inclusive design. The synchronous sessions with my classmates were also very fun. I’m fortunate to have been part of a very active group of learners which really helped motivate me and my own learning.
The major challenge that I experienced during the training was the shift to using Windows and MS Office. I’ve been a Mac user for such a long time and I use the native productivity apps on MacOS (Pages, Keynote, Numbers…). I had to borrow a Windows device from my brother and there was a bit of a learning curve for me to navigate the MS Office interface.