In Quebec, French-Language Media Aren't Talking About Accessibility
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In Quebec, French-Language Media Aren’t Talking About Accessibility
“When we talk about people with disabilities, they’re either shown as inspiring models of overcoming adversity, or as people left helpless.”

For the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Métro, dozens of wheelchair users were able to do something they’d never done before—enter the Place-des-Arts station. Only 10 of the subway network’s 68 stations are currently accessible, to the consistent frustration of wheelchair users.   For the anniversary celebrations, employees had set up a temporary ramp giving people in wheelchairs access to the station.

Co-organizer Laurence Parent did two TV interviews, one with CBC and one with Global. “We’ve been waiting for 50 years,” Parent said, in her second language. “Accessibility is coming but it’s not coming fast enough.”

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