Ontario's Advancing Accessibility Framework aims to Improve Understanding and Awareness about Accessibility
Ontario has launched a new public education campaign. The campaign is intended to help people learn more about accessibility, inclusion and hiring people with disabilities. It also explains what people with disabilities can expect under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) along with guidelines and resources to help make it easier for businesses and employers to understand and implement their requirements under the AODA.
This campaign is part of the Advancing Accessibility in Ontario Framework, designed to focus the government's work in 4 key areas:
- breaking down barriers in the built environment;
- government leading by example in its role as a policy maker, service provider and employer;
- increasing participation in the economy for people with disabilities and
- improving understanding and awareness about accessibility.
Implications for Occupational Therapists
The Advancing Accessibility in Ontario Framework addresses issues of concern and focus of occupational therapists. However, are occupational therapists involved in the initiatives that are developed within the framework? How is our profession making its unique skills and perspectives on accessibility and participation of people with disabilities?
Are you interested in getting involved?
There are many ways to contribute...
- Let OSOT know! Are you interested in networking with others and helping to raise occupational therapy's profile in this arena?
- In your local community find out what initiatives are occurring at the municipal level. For example, new Inclusive Community Grants are geared to strengthen communities and provide local opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities. Municipalities and local organizations can work with the Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide and access up to $60,000 funding towards projects such as:
- undertaking local needs assessments to determine gaps in existing supports for seniors and people with disabilities;
- developing action plans and implementing virtual programs;
- retrofitting buildings with ramps and accessible washrooms.
- Support employers to engage with government's new webpage of free resources to support accessibility and engagement of persons with disabilities in the workforce.
- Get to know the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility Programs and Resources and share with colleagues and clients.