Accessibility

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Starting with trust: how strong relationships create inclusive workplaces

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The movement to make workplaces more inclusive has taken massive strides, however, a recent survey found that 90% of people with disabilities still don’t feel a true sense of belonging at work. Employers might be wondering, how can we bring inclusion to the next level and create workplaces where everyone… Read More

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Navigating missteps: A leader’s guide to messing up and moving on

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“But what if I say the wrong thing?” Is one of the most asked questions I get from executives doing the work to become accessible and inclusive employers. And it’s a fair question! As a transgender, disabled, and neurodivergent professional, I know how easy it is to use terms we… Read More

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Accessibility consultant spotlight: Meet Robbie McDonald

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This month, we’re excited to spotlight Untapped Associate Robbie McDonald. She’s been with Untapped Accessibility since our launch and like all our team, brings valuable lived experience and subject matter expertise in different facets of accessibility.   Robbie is a seasoned accessibility consultant who has supported Untapped with many projects, including… Read More

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Why aren’t youth with disabilities applying to jobs?

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Employers are doing great work to create inclusive and accommodating workplaces, but it’s not always translating to their recruitment materials. When young job seekers with disabilities see information about a job opportunity, they need to see a message that instills some confidence that the workplace is a place where they… 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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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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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