Accessibility Legislation

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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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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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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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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

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What Libraries need to know about the Accessible BC Act from a Librarian

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As a librarian with a disability, I’m excited to see how the Accessible BC Act opens the door for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our sector. After attending Untapped Accessibility’s recent webinar, Accessibility in 2023: Trends and Legislation You Need to Know, I reflected on the various types of libraries… Read More

webinar panelist promo graphic featuring moderator Anu Pala and panelists Panelists • Anita Huberman- CEO for Surrey Board of Trade and Co-chair of the newly formed National Business Disability Inclusion Council) • Christine Buchanan- Regional Director of Employment Services and Training for Open Door Group and Chair of BC’s Accessible Employment Standards Development Committee • Sheri Byrne-Haber - Linkedin Top Voice for Social Impact and Senior Staff Architect, Accessibility at VMware

Accessibility in 2023: Trends and Legislation – Webinar Summary

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 On January 26th, 2023, Untapped Accessibility and the Surrey Board of Trade co-presented a successful webinar on accessibility trends and legislation.   The 300 plus registrants gained timely and robust insights from a panel moderated by Anu Pala and featuring Anita Huberman, Christine Buchanan, and Sheri Byrne-Haber. Here are a few… Read More

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Accessibility in 2023: Trends and Legislation You Need to Know

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2023 is shaping up to be a big year for accessibility in Canada, and we’re doing a webinar on this topic in partnership with the Surrey Board of Trade. Upcoming compliance deadlines for BC public sector organizations in September 2023 and 2024 have over 750 organizations rushing to improve accessibility…. Read More

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The future is accessible, and the future is now.

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When the BC Government first proclaimed Disability Employment Month back in 2014, many accessibility advocates were hesitantly hopeful, wondering if it would actually make a difference for people with disabilities.  Social change doesn’t happen over night, but eight years later, I believe the world imagined in that original proclamation has… Read More

Webinar Questions and Answers

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The following is a list of the questions posed in the Q+A box at the Accessibility in 2023: Trends and Legislation You Need to Know webinar on January 26th, 2023 Question 1- Encouraging Disclosure         I am interested to hear about the different approaches to gather information from people from within… Read More