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In this Issue
* Mental health training not mandatory at U of G, other Ontario universities * Team Building Activities for Workers with Disabilities
* New Canadian Accessibility Standard for Buildings Benefits Everyone, Disability Advocates Say * Incorporating Accessibility into Teaching and Training
* Advocates Welcome Ontario Minister Responsible for Accessibility * ‘I’m Just Amazed’: Inverness Beach Becomes Accessibility Leader * Creating an Accessibility Policy and Plan
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Mental health training not mandatory at U of G, other Ontario universities
298 U of G faculty took suicide alertness training in the fall of 2017, only 14 took Mental Health First Aid
The University of Guelph does not have mandatory mental health training for faculty and staff, but instead relies on an optional “training framework” for professors and staff to learn how to support students with mental health issues.
Team Building Activities for Workers with Disabilities
Team building is a vital part of the workplace. It creates a positive work culture, builds trust, and mitigates conflict. Team building also helps break the ice with new employees. When planning your team building activities for workers, be sure to consider how you can make it accessible for all team members.
New Canadian Accessibility Standard for Buildings Benefits Everyone, Disability Advocates Say
People with disabilities often get their own cashier line, their own bathroom stall, their own entrance and that type of building design amounts to segregation, disability advocates say.
Incorporating Accessibility into Teaching and Training
When it comes to incorporating accessibility into teaching and training, there are many strategies you can use to facilitate learning for individuals with disabilities. As a teacher, you may not know if someone has a disability. It is important to plan lessons with accessibility in mind so that all students can take part in the learning process.
Advocates Welcome Ontario Minister Responsible for Accessibility
Advocates for the disabled are praising the Ford government for appointing a cabinet minister to oversee the often-intersecting areas of accessibility and seniors’ issues.
‘I’m Just Amazed’: Inverness Beach Becomes Accessibility Leader
Organizers hope to make beach the most inclusive in Atlantic Canada
The Inverness Development Association and the Inverness County Accessibility Committee partnered to purchase two of the beach-friendly wheelchairs, mats that make it easier to walk on the sand and two floating chairs that allow people to go in the water.
Creating an Accessibility Policy and Plan
Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), you must have an accessibility policy and accessibility plan in place. Creating an accessibility policy and plan may be challenging since legislation only provides an outline of what needs to be included. Every workplace’s policy and
plan will differ. The policy and plan must be tailored to your business environment and the goods and services you offer. Below we provide suggestions on how to start creating an accessibility policy and plan. Furthermore, we provide a checklist to ensure that you have all of your bases covered.
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