Advancing Ontario’s accessibility: a study of linguistic, discursive, and conceptual barriers

This article presents findings from an institutional ethnographic study of language and discourse used within texts and everyday talk associated with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). It is argued that planners, architects, and designers working with the AODA and its accessibility standards could help to advance accessibility by being critically aware of language and discourse in AODA-related texts that discretely organize disability to be related to and conceptualized singularly as a biomedical personal problem because such a concept obfuscates the focus of the AODA and provides little support to its social goals.

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