May 22, 2020

COVID-19 exposes hypocrisy over lack of disability accommodations

By Abrar Al-Heeti

Earlier this year, Kate McWilliams was looking into disability studies programs across Canada, but none offered a fully online curriculum. She reached out, asking to participate virtually because she has a physical disability that makes leaving the house difficult.

“It was a resounding ‘no’ from every program,” McWilliams said.

About a month later, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic hit with full force. Businesses around the world closed. Telecommuting became the norm across many industries. Countless events were canceled. Schools and universities, including the same programs that had denied McWilliams’ request, went fully online.