Inclusive and accessible school communities don’t just happen- they are created. Cathy Murrant, educator and her former student John Draper know this well. In a recently published feature article in Canadian Teacher Magazine, Draper and Murrant talk about the lessons they learned in their journey together and the importance of inclusive education and differentiated instruction.
The number of people around the globe living with disabilities is estimated at 1 billion. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) that’s about 15 per cent of the earth’s human population that is entitled to the same access to tourist sites, hotels, facilities and services as everyone else. Therefore, there needs to be a plan to create welcoming tourism destinations for everyone.
Unless we are exploring the deepest depths of the Amazon Jungle, we all rely on signage to not only guide us to the place we are heading for, but also greet and educate us. However, we don’t always need flashing neon lights or brassy bold painted street signs to enhance our experiences to enjoy a park or trail.
The advantages of making a workplace accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities are revealed day by day to the business community. The Durham Region Employment Network (DREN), a not-for-profit organization which aims to support employers improve job opportunities for people with disabilities, reinforces this notion on its website’s CapABILITIES Blog.
Actiview is a startup aiming to give accessibility to movie-goers by simply opening up an app on their smartphone. Actiview’s vision is the phone could show captions, carry audio, switch to multiple languages and describe scenes. All this could be made possible if the theatres invest in a box which would hook up to their systems and generate a wireless network.
Sometimes it is the youngest among us that utter words of wisdom.So it is in the Ontario community of Belleville, where a competition to design a logo for the City’s inclusion committee produced a simple, yet effective slogan and design by Grade 7 student, Holly Morton this past spring. Holly’s winning entry, picked from more than 100 entries and announced in May, was a picture of a row of multi-coloured crayons all with smiling faces.
The Discovery Conference is one of Canada’s premier innovation showcases where, for the past 12 years, some of the brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government come together to display leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in areas of the environment, advanced health, digital media, energy, and communications technologies.
Without inclusivity, any attempt to create a diverse community is likely to fail. There must be a culture of acceptance and tolerance in order to be successful in embracing and strengthening eclectic views. One of Canada’s leading insurance companies, Aviva, has committed to change people’s attitudes by giving its top marketing executive, Jan Gooding, a mandate to work out how to move beyond tolerance to inclusion.
Human resource departments are changing their policies to create a diverse workforce. But, according to Barbara Bowes, in her article ‘It’s Not Hard to be Accommodating,’ published in the Winnipeg Free Press, there is still work to be done despite these great strides in embracing diversity in the workplace.
Accessible travel is becoming the travel industry’s biggest untapped opportunity with demand destined to grow due to the aging population. People with disabilities represent one in five of the population, and the majority of these individuals take an annual holiday. Research from accessibility organizations such as the Open Doors Organization estimate more than $17 billion is spent in the U.S. alone by adults with disabilities every year.
Since its inception in 1967, the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) is a not-for-profit organization that represents leading business sectors and marketing disciplines. Through leadership development, education, and advocacy, the CMA helps businesses to grow and increase their marketing knowledge.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says accessibility is a human right, and everyone should have equal opportunity and access. That’s why he invited three YouTubers to the Apple campus recently to discuss Apple’s role on the subject in honour of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The young filmmakers each have their own accessibility issue.
Museums + Heritage Advisor is a U.K. based platform that serves up the latest industry news and insight with features, incisive comment and in-depth project case studies, plus the sector’s most comprehensive directory. In 2015, Museums + Heritage Advisor featured six profiles of museums and heritage attractions that have made gains in their accessibility profile and thereby made themselves more inclusive.
The ILO Global Business and Disability Network is a network of like-minded multinational enterprises, employer associations, business networks and organizations who believe people with disabilities can bring value and strength to virtually any business. The organization has four main functions and focus areas