Re: Post COVID accessibility
From: Hafidha Sofia (
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2021 11:05:05 -0700 (PDT)
Yes, Allison! I am! And Hybrid models need to be considered absolutely. I am 
committed and doing a lot of learning and experimenting on hybrid spaces... 
would be interested to plug in with whomever can help that be a collective peer 
learning and sharing project for cohousing communities across the continent / 
globe. As I mentioned before I have a professional interest in this. I work for 
an online (social) movement school that was on Zoom for years prior to the 
pandemic; and our focus is centering care and access. I lead the tech support 
trainings and development.

Would love to know who do I talk to, who can I work with to further access in 
cohousing post pandemic?

Songaia Cohousing
Washington State, USA

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> On Apr 25, 2021, at 10:55 AM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at]> 
> wrote:
> 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.
> Diana
> 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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