Accessibility doesn’t have to be just one thing, it can be many different approaches
Important words used within the course There are possibly some words, acronyms and phrases not commonly used in daily life so we will run through some words and definitions to help you get more comfortable with using the Worksheet/Guide later on. Definitions we use in this course Space: work space, it can be virtual or physical, a place where a group gathers, community group. BIPOC: Black and Indigenous People Of Colour Pronouns: How you view yourself as a person, he/him, she/her, they/them, Intersectionality: Unconscious bias: the quick judgements and assessments we have of others which are influenced by our social backgrounds and upbringing, our cultural environment and personal experiences that coalesce into feelings and attitudes towards others based on race, ethnicity, age, accent and appearance.
Compare your definitions with ours Diversity What we think the word means and what it actually is are very different things. But within a work place we most likely think it’s about, for example, by increasing diversity, by having black or gay people in our work force. But within these intersectionalities, what it really means is groups who are less dominant without historic dominance. Even as a white middle class person there is generational trauma, for example from family shame, The World Wars, death, murder, class, anything that makes a person feel less than, and if a person feels less than and doesn’t address it then that trauma can be spat out in all sorts of ways and places, down the line to friends and family and their community, and its damaging. Diversity means actively including and involving people that sit within these groups that have suffered that are less dominant or non dominant or with less privilege with a particular culture. Being proactive in actively involve and include and design spaces for people from various racial ethnic socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and different lifestyles, experiences and interests. Diversity is a group of people who are different from each other in the same place.
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