Accessible communities are created by people. This workbook is designed to assist educators and intermediate-level elementary school students (grades 6–8) and high school students (grades 7–12).
Technology is changing the daily lives of people with disabilities to create a more accessible and inclusive human experience. In particular, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other companies have the potential to fundamentally change the mobility, employment and lifestyle of people who are blind and vision-impaired, says an article on MacRumours. The same can be said for artificial intelligence software like Amazon's Echo, Microsoft's Seeing AI app, and Apple's Siri.
Inclusivity in the workplace is not just a nice-to-do. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published a study that found the inclusivity of an organizational culture affects job performance, emotional well-being, and workforce engagement. Researchers called for anonymous narratives about inclusion and lack of inclusion from a range of employees, faculty, and students from several hospitals, health sciences schools, and outpatient facilities.
Accessible can easily be beautiful, as these award-winning bathroom remodelling projects show. Take a look at the impressive Gold, Silver and Bronze prize winners in the Universal Design category of the 2018 Kohler Bold Design Awards (KBDA). The winners elevate universal design to a high art in these three residential bathroom designs. Each winner offers an enticing environment, with total accessibility.
In 2017 the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Institute for Canada Citizenship (ICC) surveyed 64 major Canadian corporations about diversity and inclusion: how they define it, how they go about promoting it, and how they measure it. Respondents to the RBC-ICC survey were asked to take stock of their diversity and inclusion efforts in two ways. Gender was by far the most commonly identified area where diversity and inclusion has improved in the workplace, with 81 percent of respondents selecting it as one of their top three choices for diversity and 76 percent for inclusion.
How many of the colleagues that you work with on a daily basis have a disability? Chances are it’s more than you think. That’s why inclusive design makes business sense, says this article on Real Views.com. Companies that leverage inclusive design have a broader talent pool to draw from which can translate into a business advantage. The aging baby boomer population, for example, is prone to hearing or vision impairments yet brings a wealth of experience to a company.
Digital tools are providing more insight into the accessibility of learning materials, and even automating some steps in making more accessible alternatives available. "We have been fighting this uphill battle of content accessibility for years, and we have been fighting it without knowing what is actually out there," said Jeremy Olguin, accessible technology manager at California State University Chico, also called Chico State (https://www.csuchico.edu/).
Accessible Tourism Consultant Chris Veitch wants the tourism industry to stop thinking of people with disabilities as special or unusual. “People with disabilities do not form some sort of niche market: they are just part of the mainstream market that all successful businesses and destinations need to be, and in many cases already are, reaching out to,” he says on NewMind.com.
On Mismatch, a digital magazine for designers, founder Kat Holmes calls inclusive design “a skill that is developed with practice, over time.” Holmes continues, “In my education as an engineer, designer, and citizen I never formally learned about inclusion or exclusion. Accessibility, sociology, and civil rights weren’t required curricula for learning how to build technology.” For designers, she writes, “three fears of inclusion will likely strike you at some point. If so, you’re not alone. But from each of them grows an insight into the nature of inclusion.”
“Accessible Tourism is relevant for everybody,” says Accessible Tourism Consultant Chris Veitch. On NewMind.com, Mr. Veitch presents a detailed discussion about travel and tourism, and people with disabilities, including the money they bring to business. According to England’s tourism agency, VisitEngland (https://www.visitbritain.org/), travellers with disabilities tend to stay longer, with an average length of stay of 3.3 nights compared to 2.9 for the market as a whole. Their average spending is also higher per night away, compared to the average spending level.
Have you ever watched a film with subtitles? Closed captions help many viewers to follow a storyline and understand dialogue. Subtitles are used for watching a film in a foreign language, for the hard of hearing, to watch a movie quietly so as not to disturb others and in public spaces where TV is transmitted without sound.
After organizing and hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Australia’s Queensland state launched Embracing 2018, whose aim was to create a legacy of long-lasting benefits to the community. One result was Six Simple Steps to Accessible and Inclusive Tourism, a how-to guide that dives down into the kind of practical details and tips that would be useful to any organization interested in attracting visitors of all abilities, and creating a first-rate experience.
People with disabilities are active members of the workforce and often need to participate in offsite meetings and conventions, an article on Skiff.com wants to remind hospitality professionals. “Meeting and event planners must ensure they are accommodated,” says David Dikter, CEO of Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), an organization representing manufacturers, sellers, and providers of assistive technology for people with disabilities.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) emerged about ten years ago as a barrier-free approach to teaching and learning. Educators who have included it in their practice have shared that it has revolutionized their teaching practice. Here are some ways to introduce UDL into a classroom, from Text Help (www.texthelp.com).