Accessible Travel

Accessible Travel

Travelling has the potential to expand your horizons and create exciting new adventures. For travelers who require an accessible destination and experience, careful planning is often the most crucial part of the trip. One intrepid adventurer and motivational speaker, Aron Anderson, knows a thing or two about accessible travel. Anderson is a wheelchair user and has not let his lack of mobility stop him from taking on some incredible adventures.  From skiing across Antarctica to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Anderson has experienced thrills and sights the majority of us can only dream about.

Accessible Travel

Accessible Travel

Travelling has the potential to expand your horizons and create exciting new adventures. For travelers who require an accessible destination and experience, careful planning is often the most crucial part of the trip. One intrepid adventurer and motivational speaker, Aron Anderson, knows a thing or two about accessible travel. Anderson is a wheelchair user and has not let his lack of mobility stop him from taking on some incredible adventures.  From skiing across Antarctica to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Anderson has experienced thrills and sights the majority of us can only dream about.

Accessible Travel

Accessible Travel

Travelling has the potential to expand your horizons and create exciting new adventures. For travelers who require an accessible destination and experience, careful planning is often the most crucial part of the trip. One intrepid adventurer and motivational speaker, Aron Anderson, knows a thing or two about accessible travel. Anderson is a wheelchair user and has not let his lack of mobility stop him from taking on some incredible adventures. 

Accessibility Sports Hub

Accessibility Sports Hub

Accessibility Sport Hub (ASH) is a new online app launched by Vancouver-based viaSport in partnership with Microsoft Canada. The ASH app or chatbot helps athletes, teachers, coaches, parents and other interested stakeholders find and share sports resources designed for people with disabilities. The application’s development was partially funded with help from the government of British Columbia, Canada.

Accessibility is Good Business

Accessibility is Good Business

The World Wide Web has become a necessity rather than a luxury in today’s digital world. That is why it is crucial for Content Management Systems (CMS) designers to consider the needs of all consumers, including people who have visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairment. CMS is the software application programs used to create and manage digital content. With one in five Americans reported to live with a disability, the need to cater to this large population is paramount.

Accessible Performances

Accessible Performances

The live theatre experience has become a little more accessible for people with disabilities in the Regina, Ontario, Canada. The Globe Theatre recently reacted to a request from one of the city’s residents to adopt audio-described performances for people with visual impairments.

Shoring Up Accessibility on Canada’s Beaches

Shoring Up Accessibility on Canada’s Beaches

One of the most popular summer pastimes in Canada is a trip to the beach, either by a lake or on the ocean. But for people with mobility issues, especially those who use wheelchairs, walkers or strollers, these sandy and often rocky areas can present themselves as an unappealing hazard, rather than an inviting place to saunter along the shore.

Inclusion Heroes Calendar

Inclusion Heroes Calendar

Brookes Publishing is an independent publishing company in Maryland, Baltimore, USA. Brookes recently asked parents, teachers and community professionals to nominate their “inclusion heroes” to be featured in their annual calendar. Brookes Publishing selected twelve winners from hundreds of nominees from all over North America who are now featured in their 2017/18 Inclusion Heroes Calendar.

Lesson for Kids: Courage to be Kind

Lesson for Kids: Courage to be Kind

“The Courage to Be Kind” is a children’s book co-written by educators Rena Rosen and Jenny Levin.  Rosen has first-hand experience of being stared at while growing up with a facial difference.  While her close home community treated her with respect, the broader world outside did not demonstrate the same level of acceptance. 

Universal Design Benefits Post-Secondary Education

Universal Design Benefits Post-Secondary Education

Universal Design Instruction (UDI) is a scientifically based concept that emphasizes inclusive practices to maximize student success, including those with ranges in ability, disability, age, learning style, language, race and ethnicity. For post-secondary institutions, this not only means ensuring campuses meet certain criteria in accessibility, but also rearranging classroom seating so clear sightlines are available to all students. Additionally, institutions should provide materials in electronic formats as well as captioning and transcribing for video presentations.

Is Your School Inclusive?

Is Your School Inclusive?

Inclusive education supports, benefits and embraces the differences of all learners.Inclusive schools will share similar characteristics such as a committed leadership, democratic classrooms, reflective teachers, a supportive culture, responsive and relevant curriculum, and responsive instruction.

Project Inclusion Video Series

Project Inclusion Video Series

Project Inclusion is a video series entitled “#daretohire” which invites viewers to consider hiring a person with a disability. Funded by the Unilab Foundation, part of the Philippines largest pharmaceutical corporation, the purpose of the series is to challenge companies to consider including people with disabilities in their workforce. The videos feature people with varying disabilities working in different situations and an assortment of companies. The videos create a feeling of inclusivity from a different perspective and remind not only employers to realize disability is not a barrier.

How to Prep for a Universally Designed Classroom

How to Prep for a Universally Designed Classroom

There has been much talk and articles written about Universal Design for Learning in recent years. But, how does a teacher actually prepare their physical classroom and their students for the experience? A fourth-grade teacher, Beth, logs her prepping process in a to-do list which can be used as a blueprint for anyone looking to implement the philosophy in their school.

The Importance of Media Diversity

The Importance of Media Diversity

The more people with disabilities are seen on mainstream media, the more attitudes will change about accessibility and inclusion in the world. This perspective expressed by Australian lawyer, Meg Dalling, in an article for ANZ Bluenotes. Dalling says the media industry is slow to catch on to the fact that employing people with disabilities can benefit their organization by both reflecting the society it operates in as well making good business sense.

Ensuring Personalized Learning

Ensuring Personalized Learning

The education system sometimes fails some students who struggle because not enough time is taken to define their specific learning styles. But, according to an article in the Huffington Post written by Ace Parsi and Maria Moser, two experts in learning and teaching techniques, personalized learning is becoming a new trend in education.

Universal Online Learning

Universal Online Learning

Education is becoming more digital, with options for learning spanning more than just the classroom. Online courses have made perusing an education more attainable for many sectors of society, including those with disabilities. But, designing an online course means the instructor must ensure that as many students as possible can benefit from it.

Classroom Tech Tool Boosting Accessibility

Classroom Tech Tool Boosting Accessibility

Tech giant Microsoft is constantly looking for ways to not only increase its market share, but also do so in ways which enhance the experience of both existing and new customers. The company has revamped its OneNote notetaking application, which was originally targeted at businesses and college students, to accommodate the growing number of elementary and high school students who now use one-to-one devices in the classroom.