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John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oshawa Wine Festival

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oshawa Wine Festival

The Business Improvement Association (BIA) recently hosted a Wine Festival at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (accessible venue) in Oshawa, Ontario. This evening hosted ten wineries from over 200 located in the Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie, North Shore, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County in the Province of Ontario.

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!

We Rock! Summer Accessibility Adventures

We Rock! Summer 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.”

Youth Leaders Invited To Help Build a More Accessible Canada

Youth Leaders Invited To Help Build a More Accessible Canada

The Government of Canada recently launched a call for expressions of interest for youth leaders across Canada, who will work with eligible organizations to submit project proposals under the Enabling Accessibility Fund’s (EAF) Youth Innovation Component.

The AccessNow App

The AccessNow App

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.”

Canada Defined by Inclusion

Canada Defined by Inclusion

Canada defines itself by bridges, not walls. This is the sentiment of Canada’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin, who will step down from her position at the end of this year. McLachlin said “Canada still defines itself by inclusion, by what it embraces, not exclusively by what it rejects.”

How Inclusive Design Works for Everyone

How Inclusive Design Works for Everyone

 Inclusive Design is the design and composition of an environment or product so it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Best Practice in Inclusion

 Best Practice in Inclusion

The Evenbreak Best Practice Portal is a new tool designed to help employers and their employees create inclusive workplaces.  The portal covers a variety of subjects such as how to interview a candidate and bring on board new employees with a disability.  The advice comes in the form of videos, from leaders who have already pioneered a way through the minefield of barriers and red tape, so employers and their staff do not have to start from scratch and can adapt the advice to their own situation.

Accessibility Project for Audiences who are Hearing-Impaired

Accessibility Project for Audiences who are Hearing-Impaired

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), with the help of a grant from the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, has expanded a successful pilot project which makes some of its radio broadcasts accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Two programs, The Current and As It Happens, are now posting transcripts online for audiences to read, print and share.