Nonprofits – you are positioned to lead the way in accessibility. This page showcases nonprofit organizations across Ontario who are championing and learning about accessible practices.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Halton Region Branch
We visited CMHA Halton Region Branch to see their newly renovated physical space. How can chairs, door knobs, and hallways help eliminate barriers for a wide range of abilities? The CMHA staff shares some of the ways they came to understand policy compliance and grew their inclusive practices in the process.
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Toronto.
We visited the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre to chat about how committees, boards, and staff members are key assets in ensuring that accessibility is reflected throughout programs, operations, and engagement with our communities.
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How Ryerson University collaborated with Tangled Art + Disability and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)
We chatted with Ryerson University, Tangled Art + Disability, and CILT to discuss how nonprofits and public sector organizations of all sizes can collaborate to share resources and knowledge about accessibility. We found that nonprofit programs could integrate with education in disability studies and that many accessibility initiatives can be supported when we share our resources of time, money, and people.
We sat down with Matthew Couto of TechSoup Canada to discuss their capacity and solutions for web accessibility and general communications.
TechSoup Canada helps nonprofits, charities and libraries use technology effectively by providing access to donated technology products, learning content, community support and more.
Resources for accessible communications:
- Government of Ontario – Web Accessibility
*Please note that current web compliance laws are for organizations with over 50 employees
- Tweet Chat on Accessible Communications and Social Media
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
We sat down with Leo Plue of the Abilities Centre in Whitby to discuss building an accessible recreation centre and advancing accessibility discussions throughout their community.
Since opening its doors in June 2012, the Abilities Centre has combined barrier-free navigation and access with inclusive and innovative programs. Recognized as a Community Hub, the Centre serves local, national and international communities by providing resources and research tools that promote inclusivity and accessibility, while enhancing quality of life.
The Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
We sat down with David Meyers at the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC) to discuss organizational philosophies on inclusion and how they’ve collaborated with networks to advocate for accessibility at all levels of government.
For this podcast, “disability community” and “disability voices” refers to those individuals and groups who are advocating for disability rights.
BBNC is a charitable, multi-service neighbourhood centre that offers a broad range of recreational, social and capacity-building programs to the southwest Scarborough community. They believe that the full inclusion of persons of different abilities and backgrounds enhances the quality of life for all, and they invite their community to partner in building a more equitable, caring neighbourhood.
Acronyms referred to in the podcast:
- ODSP: Ontario Disability Support Program
- TTC: Toronto Transit Commission
The music featured in this podcast series is from Podington Bear and licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.