Ottawa, May 30 (Canadian-Media): Observance of Canada's National AccessAbility Week, May 27-June 2, is the appropriate time to establish workplace needs to be more at the forefront of conversations in Canada, media reports said.
National AccessAbility Week. Twitter handle of Accessible Canada
National AccessAbility looks at establishing workplace policies and implementing processes that drive accessibility and broaden talent pools.
This year, the federal government is scheduled to bring into effect its long-anticipated legislation to address these challenges and advance accessibility standards for people with disabilities across the country.
However, the reality is that private organizations also have a responsibility to build accessibility into their business practices and decision-making processes and fostering an environment where disabilities are no longer considered limitations.
The number of people who identify as having a disability in Canada is on the rise.
Various reasons, such as workplaces that are physically inaccessible or have discriminatory hiring practices are disabling factors for many people to hold a job or work at a company.
Canadians with disabilities face every day unique challenges when performing various activities, such as using public transportation, navigating communication technologies, seeking employment and doing daily tasks at work.
Kristy Duncan, Canada's Minister responsible for persons with disabilities, launches National AccessAbility Week made the following statement:
"As Canada's Minister responsible for persons with disabilities, it's my pleasure to launch the second annual National AccessAbility Week, which is taking place from May 27 to June 2...time to celebrate the contributions of individuals, communities and workplaces...Our government is taking an important step and will be introducing accessibility legislation that will help eliminate barriers that people with disabilities still face in sectors under federal jurisdiction...By enabling people with disabilities to be fully engaged in Canadian society, we are building a stronger and truly inclusive Canada."
iscussions about making workplaces accessibility should centre on individual abilities versus disabilities and each other’s differences need to be celebrated.
Companies can and should encourage and improve products, services and customer interactions among employees, colleagues and leaders to engage in diverse perspectives and keep accessibility top of mind.
The more people are included in accessibility conversations, the more they are able to improve outcomes within the company, for everyone.
Conversely, when accessibility policies are only implemented as a matter of compliance, companies miss out on massive amounts of talent and create silos.
Accommodating employees with different needs in the workplace has many interpersonal benefits, such as increasing individual feelings of accomplishment, improving interactions with co-workers and generating positive overall company morale.