Every school teacher has heard one of their students complain, “They won’t let me play with them!” William Kridler has some ideas on how to address ways to set standards and expectations with students throughout the school year in an article on scholastic.com.
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
Should diversity and inclusion be taught in today’s society?In workplace situations, it is imperative there is a cultural environment where employees and leaders embrace difference, mirror inclusive behaviour, and appreciate the value diversity can bring to their bottom-line. Diversity and inclusion training often focuses on unconscious and conscious bias, self-awareness and building bridges between individuals with different identities. Corporations which embark on this type of training first need to delve into their own corporate identity and culture to confirm they have the support systems in place for successful training.
Making your small business accessible may not be in the forefront of your mind as a small business owner. However, according to the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), the proportion of people living with a disability in Canada is projected to increase from one in seven to one in five or about 700,000 people over the next twenty years due to the country’s aging population.
Volunteers are key to the success of most not-for-profit organizations. However, according to an article on volunteer.ca, people with disabilities are often unrepresented in volunteer activities. Simple, inexpensive changes to an organization such as changes in recruitment, training, task development, volunteer support, environment policies and procedures can make an organization more inclusive.
According to the World Health Organization there are around one billion people living with a disability worldwide, that’s about one in five people in the Western World. Everyday new technologies are being developed that make a positive contribution not only to the lives of people with a disability, but also the broader community.
Teachers who take the helm of an inclusive classroom are probably patient, caring, resourceful and creative. Most importantly, they must be versatile, so they can draw out the best efforts of every student regardless of their ability. But, to make lessons fun and innovative involves hours of planning. Inclusive teachers vary the way they deliver their lessons by working with the whole class, small groups or individual students. Students will succeed when expectations remain high and a collaborative instruction model is implemented between teaching staff, parents and the school.
Although physical education (PE) may not be every students favourite period, there are proven benefits that fitness and team sports can improve overall health and mental wellness. The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. recently ran a live chat aimed at teachers to explore how to optimize PE class so students feel involved and motivated.
ODEN is a network of professional employment service providers whose aim is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The organization works to remove barriers which limit employment opportunities for those who have a disability. ODEN works with businesses to develop marketing initiatives to promote the benefits of hiring people with disabilities to the corporate community.
Inclusive design, as defined by the Inclusive Design Group at the University of Cambridge in England, is the ‘design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible…without the need for special adaptation or (specialized) design.” The concept can also be linked to the web. What is the difference between Usability and Accessibility in relation to an app or website? Accessibility refers to making an app or website accessible for people with disabilities, whereas Usability is a measure of how easy it is to use the app or website.
Physical activity is a must for the development of all children. It not only benefits the body physically, but it also increases concentration and leads to academic success. Accommodating every students’ needs can be a daunting task, but help is at hand from Ophea – the website dedicated to healthy schools and communities.
Siddhant Shah, an architect, recently wrote an article for Architectural Digest and stated that a building’s esthetics should not only be designed to look amazing, but should facilitate the experience for all, including individuals with disabilities. Smooth polished marble floors, for instance look pleasing to the eye, but they also impede navigation for people who are visually impaired or the elderly. With a little forethought, a floor designed with different coloured tiles to highlight or demarcate sections would act as a guide for the user.
Open Style Lab is a non-profit organization with a mission to design stylish clothing with function for people with disabilities. In collaboration with students from the Parsons School of Design, Open Style Lab undertook a unique project to design clothes for individuals with disabilities and varying clothing specifications.
Today, Canada is coming together to celebrate its 150th birthday. We are proud to be citizens of the “True North Strong and Free.” Amid all of the festivities, let us take a moment to acknowledge that this great land is First Nations land. As a nation, all of us need to raise our voices to ensure that this reality is never forgotten.