When you read the title of this blog post, what was your first thought? I’m willing to guess you either thought I use a wheelchair or have some form of autism. The answer is… It’s neither.
So what’s my disability? I am red-green colour deficient.
What does that mean? It means that I have trouble discerning red and green hues. Not colour-blind, I just mix up my blues, purples, greens and browns.
I know, with an opening line like the one I led with you were expecting some severe limitations that I have triumphantly overcome like one of those stories the internet loves so much. But that’s not the purpose of this. The purpose of this is to recognize that yourself or many people that you know face some form of barrier.
At PATH Employment, we help a lot of clients with a wide range of abilities find and keep meaningful employment. To best help our clients, we are always looking for new tools that we can use to help employees in the workplace. The team here at PATH has researched mobility devices, accessible computer software and most recently, something we are very excited about, a professional accessible timepiece, the Bradley by Eone.
Now we say timepiece for a specific reason. It is not a conventional watch. The timepiece is designed to look both workplace professional and make it easier for people who may be visually impaired to be able to tell the time through the use of two tactile ball-bearings.
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.