Gender Diversity Access & Safety: Resources for Opticians

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Optical health service professionals need to know about gender diversity: Providing accessible and safe optical services

Why do opticians need to know about gender diversity access and safety in opticianry services?

  • Ensuring access and safety for people of all genders is part of fulfilling COBC Standard of Practice 6: Professionalism, Subsection 6.4: Act in accordance with the British Columbia Human Rights Code and respect the dignity and rights of the client.
  • Gender identity and expression is a ground legally protected from discrimination in any form, per Sections 714 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code.
  • Opticians may not realize they are creating and/or maintaining barriers to accessing safe opticianry services for gender diverse clients. It is essential that opticians engage in gender diversity education and take actions now to create and maintain safer services.

Did you know?

“Sex” and “gender” are not the same thing. Optical health professionals must understand the difference and ensure they are only collecting data that is relevant to optical health services. Terms are important.

Learn more:

Visit the following link to open: Gender Diversity Access & Safety: An Introductory Guide for Optical Health Service Professionals

This guide includes:

  • Explanations of terms such as sex, gender, gender binary, trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit. 
  • Five ways optical health service professionals can improve gender diversity access and safety right now.
  • Examples of barriers to accessing safe health services for gender diverse people.
  • Guidance on neutral language and how to recover from mistakes.
  • Additional learning resources to improve accessibility and safety for gender diverse people.