December 3rd, 2015
Employment Coordinator and former business manager Jane Fiedorek has been acknowledged for her leadership and taking action to help people with disabilities. She has received the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) 10th Anniversary Champion Award, following a nomination process.
The award, presented by the Province of Ontario and the Association of Municipal Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), celebrates the 10th anniversary of the AODA and the leadership of accessibility champions across the province. The AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award was presented by Mayor Ken Hewitt at the November 23rd meeting of Haldimand County Council.
May 31-June 6, 2015 is National Access Awareness Week. This week began to raise awareness about disability, accessibility and inclusion. This year, this week also marks the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Ontario became the first jurisdiction in Canada to legislate a framework and timeline for making Ontario accessible. The goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is to make Ontario fully accessible by 2025.
May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The day was started primarily to inspire awareness for Web Accessibility but it is quickly growing into a much larger movement. To participate in the event, PATH Employment Services is publishing this blog post speaking to the organization’s commitment to accessibility. While PATH is an employment service and not web developers or designers, the organization wholeheartedly believes in the purpose of GAAD and is brainstorming ways to fully participate in bringing awareness to web accessibility.
The rate of employment for Canadians without a disability between the ages of 25 and 64 is 79%. In stark contrast, for Canadians with disabilities, the employment rate is 49%. For people who identify as having a severe disability, this number plummets further to an employment rate of 26%. Improving accessibility to the web could help alleviate some of the barriers that are imposed on people with disabilities who want to be able to contribute through work.