The Discover Ability Network is the new online portal for connecting employers and persons with disabilities who are looking for work in the Province Ontario, Canada. The portal is a key deliverable of Access Talent: Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities, the comprehensive plan focused on connecting people with disabilities to rewarding jobs, and employers to new talent that can help grow their businesses.
East Fairmont High School in West Virginia will benefit from the fresh minds of Fairmont State University engineering students, who are taking a long hard look at the topography of the high school’s grounds and surrounding roads and land with an eye to making the high school property more accessible.
In an op-ed piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, the CEO of Klipfolio says he believes in diversity and inclusion, but that so many companies struggle, because it’s hard. Allan Willie is candid in this honest op-ed, about how diversity and inclusion are a goal at Klipfolio, but the definition of “diversity” changes all the time, and it’s hard to know when they’ve got it right.
This short, narrated introduction to inclusion in education published by The Inclusive Schools Network presents the myths around including students with disabilities in general classrooms, and gives answers to many of the myths regularly presented as fact. “The purpose of this mini-course is to build a common definition of inclusive education, and an understanding of the relationship between inclusion and high-performing schools.”
Inclusion Lab by Paul H. Brookes Publishing shared these ten infographics full of ways for educators to welcome, reach, and include all learners. This handy roundup of their best tip sheets contains great tips on helping young learners see diversity as a strength. In colourful infographic format, they’re ready to pin, print, share, and tweet. Here’s a sample
Digital technologies now touch all aspects of daily life, but not everyone is able to access these technologies. Now a digital hub for technology designers has been launched, to address the challenges of over one billion people facing disability, literacy, digital literacy or aging related barriers to using technology.
Toronto masters student Maayan Ziv wonders every day of her life whether she’ll be able to get where she needs to go that day. Just about everything is online, she explains in this video, but until now, accessibility was a roll of the dice. Getting ready to go out on a Friday night, the twenty-five year old says she could find out how much the beer was going to be that night, and the specials, the ratings and reviews, “but not whether a place is accessible.” Maayan uses a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy. “I have to ask this every day. This is a problem in my life. There are millions of people who can benefit,” she says. “I have to do this.”
This first-person opinion piece in the Minden Times of Minden, Ontario, calls on communities and leaders to think beyond “basic accessibility.” Sue Tiffin is the mother of a four-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair. In an eloquently written argument for more accessible communities, Ms. Tiffin encourages politicians and leaders to think big.
UX or User Experience is the process of designing digital products with a deep understanding of users and their abilities and needs. This short video from UX Mastery is an introduction to accessibility for creators of digital experiences. This video asks developers to think harder about the end user, because everyone is different. “How we move, think, hear and see can vary greatly. Don’t cut someone out just because you aren’t prepared for the way they may react to your creation. And most of all, make it easy. This is what being inclusive is about.”
Three American academics who study education and learning set out to examine college courses from an inclusion standpoint, and came up with a tool by which instructors can measure inclusion in their own courses. The team of professors started their research by asking their sample of college faculty to examine their course outlines, the subtexts of their courses, and to ask themselves thought-provoking questions about their teaching style and unconscious biases. Their questions included “What are the implicit rules and messages of your course and are they stated on the syllabus? What are the hidden/implicit/unconscious biases and stereotypes?” “Have you, the instructor, made your philosophy of teaching and learning explicit, or is it hidden?”
A leading researcher in the field of motivation theorizes there are two groups of people in the world: people with a "growth mindset" and people with a "fixed mindset." The growth mindset leads to a desire to learn from mistakes, embraces challenges and persists in the face of setbacks. The fixed mindset wants to avoid challenges, and gives up easily; and sees effort as fruitless.