Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD) is live-streaming Ted Talks via Zoom in an effort to bolster people’s energy and help them feel less isolated.
The Ted Talks forum is open to everyone and will run from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday. RCD executive director Ella Huang told the Richmond News they will pick some light topics to allow all participants to express their thoughts freely.
“Our events used to be open for members only. This time we decided to open our activities to the public because we want to integrate everyone during the pandemic,” said Huang, adding the first Ted Talk forum was a success, attracting dozens of people.
Meanwhile, with more people developing video call fatigue during the past few weeks or facing technical glitches, RCD has also launched some in-person events, such as outdoor wellness connection activity at the Minoru Park playground from 11 a.m. to noon every Friday in August.
There is no specific template for this weekly gathering, said Huang. She hopes people will just enjoy being in social settings.
This idea of holding outdoor activities was inspired by residents eager to meet each other in person and spend some time together.
“We will bring guitars, some snacks and sit under the shade to have fun. You can also bring your book if you like. We will also provide face masks for people who don’t have them,” said Huang, adding that all outdoor gatherings will follow guidelines from the provincial health authority.
In addition, RCD is now offering an hour-long training session every Thursday for people who have trouble using Zoom. Anyone is welcome to attend, but they need to register with RCD in advance.
“People can bring their mobile devices to our centre and we will help them with the setup. We don’t want to see anyone feeling left out due to technical issues, especially during this time,” said Huang.
For more information about activities in August, visit http://www.rcdrichmond.org/pdfs/ActivityCalendar.pdf.