Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) is committed to inclusivity and accessibility. The organization strives to express how it values diversity through creating practices that support a culture of self-awareness and awareness of others.
Creating an inclusive program involves considering how activities are selected, how activities are presented, what examples are used, and what subjects are discussed. Inclusive Guiders (unit leaders) should reflect on their potential biases as well as on the purposes of activities, who might not be able to participate in them, and what could be adapted to improve meaningful participation. Inclusive practices can include avoiding group activities that might be financially prohibitive, ensuring that reflections are appropriate for members with a variety of spiritual beliefs, and celebrating a variety of holidays (not limited to those of the dominant culture).
GGC strives to give girls and women the same opportunities to access its programs and services. GGC has an accessible customer service policy, and Guiders and other volunteers receive training about how to communicate with individuals with disabilities and how thy should interact with those who use assistive devices, a service animal, or a support person. Guiding units’ meeting locations, as well as camp locations, should be physically accessible. GGC web content conforms to accessibility guidelines whenever possible. The GGC’s document “Guideability” (http://forms.girlguides.ca/InclusivityAccessibility/Shared%20Documents/guideability.pdf) is designed to help Guiders better learn how to make their units accessible, and find ways to modify programming. A quicker reference is the “Guidelines to Achieving Inclusivity” (http://forms.girlguides.ca/GuiderResources/Shared%20Documents/Inclusivity%20in%20Guiding/guidelines-to-achieving-inclusivity.pdf).