Accessibility in the Workplace: Considerations for IT Professionals

Accessibility in the Workplace: Considerations for IT Professionals

Many workplaces are ill-equipped to provide access for individuals with both physical and mental disabilities,” says this article from CIOReview.com, but now that technology is becoming central to almost every industry, it is easier than ever before for employers to ensure that the technologies they purchase have accessibility features that cater to all employees.

Inclusive Club Checklist

Inclusive Club Checklist

Here’s a handy and quick tool by which an organization can figure out how well their inclusivity efforts are working. The self-assessment tool is aimed at sports organizations but the questions can be adapted to almost any organization type. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the questions.

Designing a Barrier Free Garden

Designing a Barrier Free Garden

Community gardens create opportunities for learning and community participation, and of course, the freshest possible food at harvest time. By going the extra steps to make a community barrier free, all people in your neighbourhood can have the experience of gardening.

Federal Government Funding for Accessible Technology

Federal Government Funding for Accessible Technology

The Canadian government is looking to make digital technology truly accessible. The Accessible Technology Program is a co-funding initiative to encourage the development of new assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies. Private sector firms, not-for-profits and research institutions can apply for funding.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  The Together We Rock!  team is 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. We are also a county that welcomes and is strengthened by our diversity. Canada Rocks!

Accessible and Sustainable Tourism

Accessible and Sustainable Tourism

Accessible Tourism is making travel and tourism destinations, products, and information suitable for everyone, taking into account mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive needs. According to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), American adults with disabilities are spending an average of $13.6 billion a year on travel, making people with disabilities an important market consideration for the tourism industry.

We Rock! Accessibility Adventures

We Rock! Accessibility Adventures

This summer John Draper and the Together We Rock! team will be visiting a number of events to experience the awesome “sights and sounds” of the Province of Ontario. This week we were in the amazing city of Toronto and stopped by the Amsterdam Brewery Barrel House in the Leaside neighbourhood.

Accessible vs Inclusive Playgrounds

Accessible vs Inclusive Playgrounds

“Ramps and accessible swing seats in of themselves do not lead to engagement,” says Mara Kaplan of consulting service Let Kids Play.  “In order to be inclusive, a playground obviously needs to be accessible, but that an accessible playground is not always inclusive.”

Congrats to the Town of Whitby

Congrats to the Town of Whitby

Congrats to the Town of Whitby for their efforts during National AccessAbility Week to promote a more accessible and inclusive community. Staff who visited the exhibit at the information display took a moment to complete a leadership pledge card that describes the one step they are going to take to create a more accessible and inclusive community and workplace. You Rock!

The Value of Inclusive Education

The Value of Inclusive Education

Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. Students and their parents participate in setting learning goals; school staff has the training, support, flexibility, and resources to nurture, encourage, and respond to the needs of all students.

Congratulations to Anne Hathaway Public School!

Congratulations to Anne Hathaway Public School!

The students and leaders at Anne Hathaway Public School in Stratford are awesome! Together We Rock! received over 190 leadership cards from students with their “one step” to create a more accessible and inclusive school community. In recognition of their efforts to make a difference, Anne Hathaway Public School received a Leadership Recognition Plaque from Together We Rock! Congratulations! You Rock!

Nine Chicago Tech Companies Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Nine Chicago Tech Companies Building More Inclusive Workplaces

You may see some familiar names in this article about diversity and inclusion at some Chicago tech companies. Groupon, Foursquare and Sprout Social are featured in the article about nine companies who are putting inclusion and diversity principles into action.

Human Resources Leaders Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Human Resources Leaders Building More Inclusive Workplaces

Devex.com is the media platform for the global development community. The Devex mission statement is to “keep you better connected to the news, business intelligence, funding and career opportunities you need, to do more good for more people.”Effective leadership and human resource practices can impact the diversity and inclusion of a workplace. Some workplaces include the following: