Montreal In/accessible

This is a five-minute video capsule scripted and narrated by Henry Desboilles. The capsule follows Henry as he tries to enjoy the terraces in the Gay Village in Montreal. St-Catherine Street, which goes all the way through the village, is pedestrianized during summer months and is quite popular for both locals and tourists who would like to enjoy the open-air restaurants, cafes, and street entertainments. In the capsule, we witness Henry’s experience of the street as a disabled person. Henry begins with drawing attention to the first barrier to entering the village, the metro station, which is not accessible. Then he goes on to show how most of the terraces do not accommodate people in wheelchairs. In some cases, they have a step, which Henry cannot surmount in his chair. In others, they have ramps that are either too steep or that do not have the appropriate width, slope, and texture that warrant the user’s safety.

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Systemic discrimination, differential mobilities and the mobile phone.
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