Is accessibility and inclusion still an afterthought in 2018?


(Ikem Opara) #1

May 27 to June 2, 2018, is National AccessAbility Week. This is a time for Canadians to promote #inclusion and #accessibility in our communities and workplaces, and celebrate the contributions of Canadians with disabilities. It is also a time to recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces who are actively removing barriers to give Canadians of all abilities a better chance to succeed.

We need to change the way we think, talk and act about barriers to participation and accessibility, and we need to do it right from the start, not as an afterthought. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities.

National AccessAbility Week aims to bring this perspective to the forefront for Canadians, and highlight some of the important initiatives the Government of Canada and its partners are undertaking to bring about this change.

The above is the blurb from the Employment and Social Development Canada website regarding National AccessAbility Week and the source of my questions for you this week:

1. What are your experiences that support or refute the notion that inclusion from an accessibility standpoint is still an afterthought in our society?

2. What are some approaches you have come across to eliminate barriers to participation from the start and not as an afterthought?

While you are thinking of and sharing your answers, here is a link to some activities happening across the country over the course of this week. If you are involved, attending or have attended any of these, let us know your thoughts. If you have something to add to this list, throw it up as a reply below!