The University of British Columbia's CiTR radio station is devoting six hours of programming on the 21st of May, 2015 to accessibility!
On the air: CiTR celebrates Access Day
On the air: CiTR celebrates Access Day
On the 21st of May, 2015, the University of British Columbia (UBC)'s radio station CiTR will be hosting six hours of programming between 12:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. dedicated to accessibility and adaptive programming.

This is part of CiTR's Access Day, which is being held in conjunction with the larger Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which focuses on digital media accessibility.

As part of its programming that day, the station will feature several Rick Hansen Ambassadors (including Jessica Kruger, Kristy Tymos, and Grant Gardy) in a roundtable discussion hosted by Deepi Liehl.

Jessica and Deepi are no strangers to us at the Rick Hansen Foundation. You can find out more about them below! (Both videos are closed-captioned.)

CiTR's contribution to digital accessibility

Over the past few years, CiTR's commitment to digital accessibility has included a digital music library and accepting digital submissions from artists. As well, their reel-to-reel archives have been converted to MP3 formats, and their website has been updated.

As part of the UBC campus, it makes an effort to include people from all backgrounds and abilities to reflect the make-up of the campus.

About CiTR's Access Day programming

CiTR's programming for the day will focus on commitments to inclusion through content and voices of their guests, bringing the values and challenges of access to their listeners and the UBC community.

Guests will include the Rick Hansen Ambassadors previously mentioned and a UBC masters student studying Indigenous Community Planning. As well, there will be a discussion about new accessible technology.

For those at the CiTR studios, American Sign Language translations will be provided for some of the day's content, with further details announced later.

How to tune in

For those in the UBC area, the station can be found at 101.9 FM. For those listening online, it can be found at CiTR's website.

For more information

For more information, please contact CiTR via email.

About the Author

Arnold, also known as "Bucky," is the Production Assistant for the Rick Hansen Foundation. He is also a wheelchair basketball player and former middle school instructor.

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