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    1. 1. Accessibility at a Glance<br />Overview<br />Access Infinity Management<br />1<br />
    2. 2. At the end of this workshop participants should:<br />Have a larger understanding of accessibility beyond just that of ramps<br />Begin to consider their own environment differently<br />Begin the application of those considerations into plans for the future.<br />Access Infinity Management<br />2<br />Learning Objectives<br />
    3. 3. Access Infinity Management<br />3<br />Definitions of Accessibility<br />
    4. 4. <ul><li>CSA Standards
    5. 5. ADA Standards
    6. 6. AODA Standards (In Development)</li></ul>Access Infinity Management<br />4<br />Sources<br />
    7. 7. <ul><li>About 1.5 million people in Ontario (that’s 13.5% of the population) have a disability.
    8. 8. Nearly 40% of people over the age of 65 have disabilities. Seniors and people with disabilities will represent 20 to 25% of the Canadian recreation, retail, entertainment, workplace and housing marketplaces in the next ten years and beyond.</li></ul>Access Infinity Management<br />5<br />Economic Impact<br />
    9. 9. <ul><li>75% of people with disabilities in Canada, Europe and the United States are physically and financially able to travel. </li></ul>Access Infinity Management<br />6<br />CSA Standards<br /><ul><li>ADA Standards
    10. 10. AODA Standards (In Development)</li></li></ul><li>The AODA –The Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005) mandates that all public spaces serving the public must be accessible by the year 2025.<br />The responsibility to make the changes rests with businesses operating in Ontario. <br /> Municipalities and public sector entities (ie. Hospitals, Universities) are required to engage in both short-term and long term planning already as they were mandated to do so by ODA (2001)<br />Access Infinity Management<br />7<br />Whose Responsible?<br />
    11. 11. Individual Businesses ARE responsible for making there spaces and services accessible.<br />Common Misconception:<br /><ul><li>I don’t own I rent so it’s the landlord’s responsibility. WRONG
    12. 12. The building is built before the law came into force so it doesn’t apply. WRONG</li></ul>Access Infinity Management<br />8<br />What does that mean for businesses in Ontario<br />
    13. 13. A site is exempt if:<br /> it is a designated heritage site<br />Business can prove undue financial hardship (the cost of making business accessible is beyond the financial resources of the business)<br />Access Infinity Management<br />9<br />Exemptions?<br />
    14. 14. AODA 2005 covers accessibility holistically<br />Standards are currently in development in the following areas:<br /><ul><li> Built environment
    15. 15. Transportation
    16. 16. Employment
    17. 17. Communication</li></ul>Customer Service standards are already in place and became law January 1st 2008<br />Access Infinity Management<br />10<br />Dimensions of Accessibility<br />
    18. 18. Access Infinity Management<br />11<br />Scope of Accessibility <br />
    19. 19. Access Infinity Management<br />12<br />Application of accessibility components<br />CommonIdentifiableAccessibilityDefinition<br />
    20. 20. Access Infinity Management<br />13<br />Disability Types<br />In some cases people experience more than one disability<br />
    21. 21. Access Infinity Management<br />14<br />Components of Accessibility & Inclusion Into Workplace Policy<br />
    22. 22. <ul><li>Adjustment of existing policy to include components of accessibility & inclusion</li></ul>and applying components for all disability types<br />Access Infinity Management<br />15<br />Challenge<br />
    23. 23. Access Infinity Management<br />16<br />Merging of Ideas<br />
    24. 24. Access Infinity Management<br />17<br />How to Accomplish these Adjustments?<br />
    25. 25. Organizations must be committed to the process and the eventual changes that result from the implementation of an accessibility policy.<br />The process will require a deconstruction of organization policy and procedures and challenge organizational culture<br />Access Infinity Management<br />18<br />Commitment<br />
    26. 26. The addition of accessibility principles to a companies existing vision only serves to promote socially responsible principles.<br />In addition, companies can promote themselves as accessible & inclusive to disabled consumers, opening access to billion of dollars in untapped revenue<br />Access Infinity Management<br />19<br />Vision<br />
    27. 27. Planning requires:<br />Determining Direction <br />Setting Priorities with criterion rationale<br />Rating scales for determining project viability<br />Access Infinity Management<br />20<br />Planning<br />
    28. 28. <ul><li>Functional Structural Changes for Built Environment Accessibility
    29. 29. Examining Administrative policies, processes & practices through inclusive lens to identify systemic weaknesses</li></ul> Resources<br />Access Infinity Management<br />21<br />
    30. 30. <ul><li>Resources to draw from:
    31. 31. Financial (grants, tax incentives)
    32. 32. Knowledge (Internal & External)
    33. 33. Community Successes</li></ul>Locating Additional Resources<br />Access Infinity Management<br />22<br />
    34. 34. There must be a timeline for implementation<br />Commitment, Vision, Planning, and Resource Allocation paves the way for decisive progressive action.<br />Implementation of an Accessibility & Inclusive matrices allows the tracking of progress.<br />Decisive progressive action is the key to overall success.<br />Action<br />Access Infinity Management<br />23<br />
    35. 35. Access Infinity Management<br />24<br />Components of Accessibility & Inclusion Into Workplace Policy<br />
    36. 36. Contact: <br />Laurie Alphonse<br />Access Infinity Management<br /><br /><br />Access Infinity Management<br />25<br />For More Information<br />