Critical Distance is located at Artscape Youngplace, a wheelchair accessible building with a ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, and an accessible washroom on every level. Gendered multi-stall washrooms are also on every level, and single stall family washrooms are available on levels 2 and 3. All levels are accessible via elevator and stairs. The TTC’s 63 Ossington bus stops at Queen and Shaw and is wheelchair accessible.

In reference to attending any of our events, if you would like to reserve accessible seating or inquire about childcare, please contact us as far in advance as possible so that we can make arrangements to meet your needs. Late-breaking requests will also be accepted and we will always do our best to meet them but these will be subject to availability at the time of the request.

CDCC seeks to facilitate a scent-free environment in order to reduce barriers to access for people with chemical sensitivities, and we ask all participants to kindly refrain from using or wearing scented products or materials in advance of and during this and other events.

The following is based on a text by mia susan amir, https://www.miasusanamir.com

We are making every effort to make this CDCC gallery and CDCC events an accessible space for participants and presenters. One of the ways in which we are centering access is by providing a Scent Reduced environment to ensure that those who live with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), do not face injury or harm. We ask for your participation and vigilance in supporting this.

What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a serious medical condition that is triggered by exposure to chemically and naturally scented products. Exposure to natural and chemical scents and fragrances can cause the following symptoms in individuals with MCS: headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, sore throat, chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems including asthma-like conditions, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rashes, diarrhea, bloating, seizures, migraines, nosebleeds, vomiting, confusion, trouble concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes. These symptoms can last for hours, days, even weeks after exposure.

People with other chronic health conditions such as asthma, migraine, epilepsy and autoimmune disorders or who are undergoing chemotherapy can also be negatively impacted by exposure to chemicals and fragrances.

Please help us to create a scent- and fragrance-reduced space to ensure that those who live with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) are not exposed to pain and injury by taking the following steps:

1) Please do not use colognes, perfumes, essential oils, scented body or hair care products including: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair gel or mousse, creams, or lotions.

2) If you have used such products in the days or weeks before this event, please be sure to bathe with unscented products before attending. Please note that residue may remain on hairbrushes and other implements, so these should also be cleaned with unscented product before use.

3) If you regularly use scented laundry products (detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets), perfumes, colognes, essential oils, you will need to wash your clothes in unscented detergent with vinegar and baking soda a number of times. Please also air your clothes out as sometimes even multiple washes may not remove all of the scent; manufacturers have made some scents that are designed to cling to fabrics and those can be hard to remove. If you need  a sample unscented detergent we have some in the gallery if you bring a container we are happy to give you some.

4) Please note that products labelled “natural” are NOT necessarily scent-, fragrance-, or chemical-free. Only products that are labelled unscented or scent- / fragrance-free, are scent- and fragrance-free.  If “fragrance,” “parfum,” or “essential oil” is in the ingredients list, the product is scented and unsafe for those with MCS or chemical injury.

5) Please understand that using even a small amount of scented product, or product with fragrance will generate injurious impact for individuals with MCS.

We recognize that transitioning to scent- and fragrance-free practices can take time, and that the transition can be confusing and prohibitive for cost, and other reasons. We also recognize that some individuals in our communities use scented products as part of their access needs. If either of these cases are true for you, please contact emily@criticaldistance.ca directly.

You can find more information about scent reduction here:

http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15

Please contact us at emily@criticaldistance.ca with these and any other requests or questions. Supporting your access is our priority.