Re: Post COVID accessibility
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2021 10:55:25 -0700 (PDT)
I haven't tried doing hybrid online/in person meetings specifically in the
context of accessibility (or cohousing) but I've done plenty in a business
context and it's pretty awful. My experience is that the online people get
left out because you have to specifically make time for them to talk due to
lag, because people speak more clearly automatically when online, and for
several other reasons. I don't really have major hearing issues, but I can
rarely hear/understand/participate in hybrid meetings. I can only imagine
it would be worse for people with legit hearing issues.

It is possible that with great care they would work, but so far, I haven;t
figured out how to make that happen.

mosaic commons, MA

On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 1:39 PM Allison Tom <allisonrtom [at]> wrote:

> This morning's discussion about how zoom makes meetings more accessible to
> Deaf people and people with hearing impairments and people (like me) with
> other disabilities makes me curious.
> I've just realized that I've been assuming that post COVID we will all
> return to in-person meetings and I'll lose access to events and
> conversations I've been able to join over the last year.
> Does it have to be that way? I think that trying to have a hybrid
> in-person/zoom meeting could be really difficult. But has anyone tried to
> do that and had success?
> Can we use the general awareness that some people who had been excluded
> from in person events have gained access through zoom and other technology
> to get creative about how we can be included post COVID?
> Is anyone else interested in this topic?
> Thanks,
> Allison Tom
> Driftwood Village Cohousing
> North Vancouver, BC
> Moving in late summer 2021
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