Everett SoopBlackfoot journalist, political cartoonist, and humorist Everett Soop is the subject of a documentary film which will be screened March 26 as part of Accessibility Awareness Days.

Activities to advance awareness of accessibility topics

Sessions each Tuesday in March will promote accessibility and efforts to create more welcoming and inclusive communities for all.

Accessibility Awareness Days will open with three online workshops, culminating in a film screening at month’s end.

Student Changemakers, March 5, 11:30 a.m. to noon
University of Windsor students Logan Gillingham of the Visual Arts and the Built Environment program and political science major Femi Soluade share their stories about steps they took to create change for a world that is more accessible, inclusive, and welcoming.

Service Animals in Ontario, March 12, 11:30 a.m. to noon
Learn more about service animals, what they are, and what they do. This session will also cover the basic rights and responsibilities of handlers and how the community can support inclusion for persons who rely on the support of a service animal. 

The Proposed Post-secondary Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, March 19, 11:30 a.m. to noon
Presenter Tina Doyle, director of AccessAbility at the University of Toronto, chairs the Standards Development Committee for the proposed Accessible Postsecondary Education Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. In a workshop offered in conjunction with EDID Week, Doyle will discuss the upcoming legislation and thoughts about what universities can do to get ready.

On March 26, the Leddy Library Collaboratory is the setting for a screening of the documentary Soop on Wheels, the story of Everett Soop, a First Nations man living with a disability and being an authentically Indigenous man in the late 1980s and early ’90s. His work as a cartoonist, journalist, and activist has since been widely recognized. Filmmaker Sandy Greer will be on hand for a meet-and-greet session at 2 p.m. before the 3 p.m. screen time, followed by discussion. The event is presented in partnership with the Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Centre.

For more information, contact the Accessibility Awareness Days planning committee at aad@uwindsor.ca or call the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility at  519-253-3000, ext. 3400.