What the Heck is Inclusive Design?

What the Heck is Inclusive Design?

In this article, the accessibility editor for Smashing Magazine  discusses inclusive web design. Heydon Pickering calls himself a front-end developer, user experience designer and accessibility engineer. Although his article is complex, his message is simple.  “Inclusive design means designing things for people who aren’t you.” Heydon Pickering’s Inclusive Design Tips:

Five Benefits of Inclusive Classrooms

Five Benefits of Inclusive Classrooms

Just like the studies that reveal the benefits of inclusion in work places, many studies show that inclusive classrooms are beneficial for students, and not just those who receive special education services. Here are five benefits of inclusive classrooms as according to Understood.org .

Wheelchair- Friendly Tiny House Is a “Big” Option

Wheelchair- Friendly Tiny House Is a “Big” Option

Housing is an ongoing challenge for many people with disabilities, as the cost of housing keeps rising – exponentially in many communities. On her blog Free Wheelin, writer Karin Willison describes the “tiny house” on wheels as a solution that is affordable and can be easily worked into existing communities.

Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

Building a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

While the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace are finally getting the recognition they deserve, for many organizations, “how to do it” is not always clear.  An online tutorial series called How to Improve Diversity in Your Business gives step-by-step instructions on how it can be done.

App Aims at Better Accessibility Around the City

App Aims at Better Accessibility Around the City

People with disabilities navigating the streets of Edmonton will soon have a new tool to try out. The  “Click ’n’ Push” app will measure how much force a person in a wheelchair exerts while navigating the city, and then predict the degree of difficulty of a route, taking into account the user’s strength.

Brookfield Zoo Introduces “Zoo for All” Inclusion Resources

Brookfield Zoo Introduces “Zoo for All” Inclusion Resources

The Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago is has implemented ways to become more inclusive to all guests, as part of its “Zoo for All” initiative. The zoo has opened a calming, “sensory-friendly” family room and an Inclusion Resource Center for families who have children with disabilities.

Designing For Accessibility and Inclusion

Designing For Accessibility and Inclusion

To design for accessibility means to be inclusive to the needs of your users. This includes your target users, users outside of your target demographic, users with disabilities, and even users from different cultures and countries. Understanding those needs is the key to crafting better and more accessible experiences for them.

Why Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is a Responsibility for All

Why Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is a Responsibility for All

A Rwandan-created Twitter campaign called the “Sign your Name Challenge” has taken off, with political figures, musicians and media personalities taking part, learning how to spell out their names in sign language. The campaign was initiated by Media for Deaf Rwanda. The founder of Media for the Deaf Rwanda explained that the #SignYourNameChallenge was started with the aim of enlightening Rwandan society about the existence of Rwandan sign language.

Housing: When Accessibility Becomes the Norm and not the Exception

Housing: When Accessibility Becomes the Norm and not the Exception

A Toronto builder has caught onto the idea of intentionally designing condos that are easily modified to accommodate people with disabilities. Most builders don't currently offer accessibility as a standard option, and adding such features or retrofitting an existing unit can run to thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

Diversity and Inclusion Give These Firms a Competitive Advantage

Diversity and Inclusion Give These Firms a Competitive Advantage

A lengthy list of familiar names makes up Canada's Best Diversity Employers, published in the Globe and Mail in the spring of 2018. The employers were named for having inclusive and respectful work environments and successful diversity initiatives in areas including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and LGBTQ people.