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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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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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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

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