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Operationalizing Accessibility: Insights from Our Year with the Accessible BC Act

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In the past year, Untapped Accessibility has supported nearly 120 organizations to address the requirements in the Accessible BC Act. Reflecting on the past year of these partnerships, it becomes clear that the journey towards accessibility isn’t just about compliance. It requires a cultural shift in how organizations perceive and… Read More

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The Accessible Canada Act: Navigating Consultations with Disability Communities

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“Nothing about us without us.” The common adage captures the need to include the voices of disabled folks in policies that directly affect them. When it comes to accessibility planning, there’s no better expert on the subject than those who experience disability barriers on a daily basis. This is why… Read More

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Accessibility in Action: Celebrating Untapped Accessibility’s First Year in Operation

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In a world that’s increasingly recognizing the importance of accessibility, our first year in business has been marked by significant milestones and achievements. We’re bursting with pride to announce that we’re not just growing—we’re flourishing! Our team is expanding, our partnerships are multiplying, and our social impact is reaching new… Read More

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Inclusive Language and the Accessible BC Act: The Dangers of Euphemisms

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Clients often ask me if it’s better to use terms like “differently abled” or “diverse-ability,” instead of the word disability itself. As an accessibility consulting agency, we’ve supported over 120 organizations to comply with the Accessible BC Act. As we dig into the work of developing accessibility plans and committees,… Read More

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The Power of Asking the Right Questions

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Accessibility checklists can get us to compliance, but in order to go beyond, we need to be asking more questions.  When I first started prioritizing accessibility in my work, I was obsessed with lists. I wanted to build myself and my colleagues one master checklist that would allow us to… Read More

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Accessibility Consultant Spotlight: Meet Anu Pala

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We have such an amazing pool of talented associates at Untapped Accessibility. Join us as we shine a spotlight on Anu Pala (she/her), whose unique contributions and unwavering commitment to accessibility and inclusion embody the ethos that drives our collective mission forward. At Untapped, when we put together a project… Read More

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Disability Pride Month

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July is Disability Pride Month and if you’re not familiar with why this month is so important for the disability community, here’s an overview. History of Disability Pride Month On July 26, 1990, the American Disabilities Act was passed with a mandate to break down the barriers that prevent people… Read More

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Accessibility Committees: Creating spaces of meaningful engagement

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As we approach the compliance deadline for the Accessible BC Act, and municipalities and other prescribed organizations move toward developing their accessibility committees, accessibility plan, and feedback mechanism, one thing to keep in mind is to focus on ensuring the meaningful engagement process and non-tokenistic approach to complying with the… Read More

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Four Ways to Include Indigenous People in your Accessibility Committee

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Under the Accessible BC Act, “prescribed” organizations need to establish accessibility committees including at least one Indigenous member. When you reflect on welcoming Indigenous people to your committee, there are some things to keep in mind. Be clear Outline what you need committee members to contribute and also what you… Read More

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5 Tips for Post-Secondary Institutions Starting an Accessibility Committee

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Under the new Accessible British Columbia Act (2021) post-secondary institutions in British Columbia are required to establish an accessibility plan, public feedback mechanism, and an accessibility committee by September 1, 2023. Given how institutions tend to slow down in the spring/summer months, your organization will need to make this a… Read More