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.
The U.S. public broadcasting service (PBS) has produced a series of online lessons aimed at high school students based on acclaimed Point-of-View (POV) documentary films.
When I Walk is a film by and featuring Jason DaSilva who has multiple sclerosis (MS). In this lesson, students explore the accessibility issues people with disabilities face and the physical barriers they encounter every day. The lesson aims to encourage students to find ways to remove some of these obstacles.
The kindergarten book nook is often the first-place children are exposed to books and develop a love of reading. It is usually a welcoming retreat where young students can browse through picture books and make connections between the words and the images on the page.The challenge for educators is to ensure all students benefit from the book corner. With a little thought and planning, this vital area can become an inclusive and welcoming space for every child regardless of their learning style, abilities and personalities.
Recently the National Disability Institute (NDI) in partnership with Kessler Foundation and Poses Family Foundation invited business and community leaders in Pittsburgh, for an event: Disability at Work, a Conversation with Randy Lewis. Lewis, a former senior vice president at American drugstore chain Walgreens, related how workforce productivity, and ultimately a company’s bottom-line can be improved once diversity becomes an integral part of its philosophy.
Ophea is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of educating children and youth of the lifelong benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. The organization has been supporting schools and communities with programs and services for almost 100 years. Working in partnerships with local school boards, government agencies, public health and the private sector, Ophea has developed programs which support healthy schools and communities.
According to the Australian Network on Disability, companies are looking to enhance their corporate image by looking for employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to contribute to the success of their business. However, corporations do not always consider this sector of the population in their communications and marketing messages and the positive impact it can make.
Inclusion in the classroom doesn’t only mean accommodating the students with visual special needs. A handful of students can have “invisible” disabilities and may fall through the cracks if the teacher is not paying attention. Often these students don’t cause trouble and always do the right thing, but there may be some underlying problem which could be stifling their progress.
In a time when employers are facing significant challenges in securing workers to fill positions essential to their continued business, it is remarkable there is still an untapped resource eager to be utilized. People with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in the national and provincial labour markets even though significant resources have been allocated to assist this sector of the population find work.
Commit to Inclusion is a global campaign committed to ending the exclusion of individuals with disabilities. The campaign was founded by The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, The American Association on Health and Disability and the Centre on Disability at the Public Health Institute.
It is reported that one in five Australians live with a disability. But, if the images of society broadcast through the media and advertisers are to be believed, this sector of the population is vastly underrepresented. That was the case until recently, when some major retailers started featuring children with special needs in their commercials.