Cal Vs To Accessibility May11


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Jane Sleeth Managing Director at OPC Inc went on a fact finding trip to LA CA in April. Is LA further ahead in the Accessibility "race" than Toronto? & if this is the case what are the business advantages to ensuring buildings, businesses & outdoor spaces are accessible. The results are presented in this PP presentation recently delivered for IFMA. Enjoy JESleeth

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  • Optimal Performance Consultants Inc Ergonomics – Accessibility – E Learning AODA & Ergonomic Tools 90 Sherbourne St Suite 305 Toronto, ON M5A 2R1 416 860-0002 ©JE Sleeth 2011 Please contact me if you would like to reproduce this Power Point Presentation
  • Case Study; LA California; The City of Los Angeles turned the ADA and the California Build Code and related acts into a business opportunity. During our fact finding trip we captured photographs of how Way Finding has helped drive human traffic and customers to specific areas in downtown LA while at the same time expediting movement of vehicles through the downtown core. The results are published in numerous papers and websites whereby “Angelinos and tourists are better able to navigate its streets, sidewalks and the public transit system using what is now the US’s largest urban Way Finding program. The CBC vs. the ADA : The CBC does not require existing facilities to be made accessible until they are modified; however, the ADA does require readily-achievable barrier removal . Readily achievable is defined as "easily accomplished and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense." Downtown LA Walks, involves developing a system of pedestrian and vehicular signage for the city’s bustling downtown core — an area that encompasses 350 city blocks, 50 streets, over 300 intersections, 30 freeway off ramps and eight subway stops.
  • There are websites dovoted strictly to scoring how well a city does relative to accessibility – helps disabled visitors decide to visit a city or not Website devoted to employers who have real diversity programs in place including accessibility. Good employees with disabilities look at this websites
  • Credentials: Olga Dosis holds a Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Critical Disability Studies. Olga has provided consulting services to public, non-profit and private organizations for over 20 years on several accessibility and diversity initiatives and is the Principle and Senior Disability Consultant at her firm - OD Consulting. Her consulting services have ranged from workplace accommodation assessments to accessibility audits. She currently holds the position of AODA Coordinator at George Brown College and continues to engage in partnerships to consult on the implementation of accessibility initiatives.
  • Cal Vs To Accessibility May11

    1. 2. The AODA Act in Ontario <ul><li>Making Ontario accessible </li></ul><ul><li>June 13, 2005, Ontario government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>The Act : </li></ul><ul><li>Makes Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada to develop, implement & enforce mandatory accessibility standards; applies to both private & public sectors </li></ul><ul><li>1.85 million people in Ontario have a disability or 1 in 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Over the next 20 years as the population ages, the number will rise to one in five Ontarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario needs to be more accessible to people with disabilities. It makes sense — economically and socially </li></ul><ul><li>Through the act and the accessibility standards, the goal is to make Ontario accessible by 2025 </li></ul>
    2. 3. Meeting the requirements of the standards: Customer Service <ul><li>As a first step, businesses in Ontario with at least one employee must offer accessible customer service by January 1, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>The customer service standard is about: </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding that customers with disabilities may have different needs , and </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the best way to help them access your goods and services </li></ul>
    3. 5. OR
    4. 7. What kind of disabilities are we talking about? We don’t have any barriers that we know of in our workplace
    5. 13. <ul><li>The restaurant industry in Ontario for example </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants, pubs and hotels which are accessible and provide excellent customer service to disabled people, their friends and family, will reach an estimated $1 billion market </li></ul><ul><li>18% of disabled customers visit restaurants at least once a week and 22% visit at least two or three times a month </li></ul><ul><li>60.7% of disabled customers go to restaurants to meet family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Estimates project tha t 20% of the population will have a disability in the next several years. Logically, with the demographic trend towards a much larger senior population of Baby-Boomers, the impact of disability will be more pronounced. If you use a multiplier of just one person per disabled customer, that means that 40% of the population will be directly affected. These are your potential customers & clients with money to spend on your businesses services and products </li></ul>An untapped market
    6. 14. Ergonomic/Accessible Design, Accessibility (AODA) are interrelated Here are some employers with blended programs HP receives Helen Keller Achievement Award from American Foundation for the Blind
    7. 15. iPhone Vision Hearing Physical & Motor Skills
    8. 16. It's not every day that a global company takes a challenge and turns it into an opportunity. SAP AG (headquartered in Waldorf, Germany) along with its subsidiaries (which span over 50 countries worldwide) is in the process of turning the accessibility challenge into an accessibility opportunity.
    9. 17. HP is committed to developing products, services and information that are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities or age-related limitations. This commitment supports our company's diversity and &quot;Total Customer Experience&quot; objectives and helps ensure that the benefits of technology are available to all.
    10. 18. Has anyone in your workplace ever calculated;
    11. 19. Why workplaces will be experiencing more employees & customers with disabilities
    12. 21. Accessible workplace design California
    13. 22. OPC’s Fact Finding Trip to California; Conclusion is that there is an excellent ROI
    14. 23. OPC’s Fact Finding Trip to California; Conclusion; excellent ROI
    15. 24. The challenge: Administrators at California State University, Long Beach wanted to find new technology that would make the Internet easier to use for students, staff and faculty with disabilities. The solution: The campus staff chose WebAdapt2Me software, invented by the IBM Research Division, to allow Internet users to individually customize the way they view information online. Innovation that matters: Transforming education
    16. 25. Meanwhile back in Ontario Here is the feedback we are hearing during our meetings & conferences; Don’t we already do this in the workplace, I mean this stuff is so obvious Who will pay for this? How many disabled people are there really who are customers or want to be employed? Our business managers will wait until they are forced to do something about this What do you mean we have to help people with cognitive & mental disabilities?
    17. 26. Other factors contributing to increases rates of disability in your customer base & workforce
    18. 27. Is Toronto open for business? Is Ontario?
    19. 28. Is Toronto open for business? Is Ontario?
    20. 29. Does this sound expensive and unattainable? <ul><li>The Seven Principles of Universal Design </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for people with diverse abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible in use </li></ul><ul><li>Simple and intuitive to use </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptible information </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance for error </li></ul><ul><li>Low physical effort </li></ul><ul><li>Size and space for approach and use </li></ul>
    21. 30. Universal design refers to broad-spectrum architectural planning meant to produce buildings, products & environments that are inherently accessible to both the able-bodied & physical, mental, visual & hearing impaired Building Audit is most appropriate tool
    22. 31. Customer Service How you can enhance client & customer interaction with your company?
    23. 32. You let us know you have a hearing impairment; how can we assist you?
    24. 33. <ul><li>Companies who have accessibility at the forefront have found the following are key to changing the company environment: </li></ul><ul><li>develop a strategic plan to build awareness & implement accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>modify strategies to fit the company's culture, values, and structure </li></ul><ul><li>Senior management involved in accessibility efforts </li></ul><ul><li>address accessibility efforts to all divisions of the company </li></ul><ul><li>pay particular attention to recruiting the marketing department </li></ul><ul><li>Programmers, engineers, ergonomic design experts are key </li></ul><ul><li>develop accessibility expertise across the company through education and training </li></ul><ul><li>hire people with disabilities both in the HR Dept first </li></ul><ul><li>use publicity & the court of public opinion to influence the company to continue to develop strategies to sustain accessibility both for client attraction & retention and internal HR related prerogatives </li></ul>&quot;Try to weave accessibility into the DNA of the company.&quot;
    25. 34. For an on line demo of OPC’s AODA E Learning Tool please contact [email_address] Or 416 860-0002 or 0004
    26. 35. Use our sites as a way to learn more from OPC & our Ergonomic & Accessible Design Experts. Look out for our fully accessible new website! – for up to date case studies based on weekly questions & Consultant findings and solutions – for daily updates on articles, references, blogs and website Of interest to our clients – summary of OPC’s weekly activities and reviews of the Literature, news, You Tube videos and more h – business related group discussions for Facility Managers, PT’s, Ergonomists and Human Resources Professionals
    27. 36. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Implementation Guide: Standards for Customer Service Olga Dosis OPC Inc Canadian Price: $50.00 US Price: $51.55   Availability: In Stock More information ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-7798-3469-3 Publication Number: 534 Product Type: Book