Interviewing and Working with People who have Disabilities

Myths and Facts About Disabilities

Many myths exist that keep people with disabilities from entering the
workforce. Yet the fact is that people with disabilities are no less
reliable, talented or productive than their peers. Often, they do not
require customized work arrangements. The following is an eye-opening
exploration of myths and facts from credible sources and studies.

Why Accessibility Is Good For Your Business

Did you know?

  • About 1.5 million people in Ontario (that’s 13.5% of the population)
    have a disability.
  • 75% of people with disabilities in Canada, Europe and the United
    States are physically and financially able to travel.
  • Nearly 40% of people over the age of 65 have disabilities. Seniors
    and people with disabilities will represent 20 to 25% of the Canadian recreation,
    retail,
    entertainment, workplace and housing marketplaces in the next ten years and
    beyond.

What is a Screen Reader

A screen reader is a software application that enables people with severe visual
impairments to use a computer.
Screen readers work closely with the computer’s Operating System (OS) to
provide information about icons, menus, dialogue boxes, files and folders.
A screen reader provides access to the entire OS that it works with, including
many common applications.

What Does Accessibility mean

By Jonathan Snook
2007 Nov 27

If you were to ask people that question, I suspect most would say that accessibility
is about making sure something – in our context, a web site or web
application – that works for those who are physically disabled. Maybe they’re
blind or maybe they’re a quadriplegic and unable to use a keyboard or mouse
in the traditional sense.

Web Accessibility For Screen Magnifier Users

The needs of screen magnifier users are overlooked when implementing web accessibility
on to a website. Screen magnifiers are used by partially sighted
web users to increase the size of on-screen elements. Some users will magnify
the screen so that only three to four words are able to appear on the screen
at any one time.

Understanding The Needs Of Persons With Disabilities (PWD’s)

Defining disability

The
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
uses the same definition of “disability” as the
Ontario Human Rights Code:

The Four Levels Of PDF Accessibility

Portable Document Format (PDF) accessibility is not a new topic, it is
well understood and explained (http://alistapart.com/articles/pdf_accessibility)
by certain experts.

However, the implications are universally unknown by organisations.

Plan an Accessible Meeting

Advanced planning may help to ensure that the accommodation needs of people
with disabilities are anticipated and acted upon ahead of time. Even when you
may not know in advance whether any of your participants may need accommodations,
you should be prepared to arrange your meeting or event to be accessible
so that people with disabilities can participate fully.

Make Your Workplace Accessible

People with disabilities have skills, abilities and experience that can add
value in your workplace. By opening up your search for talented employees and
making your workplace accessible, you create a win-win situation. You find the
right person for the job. You create a place where anyone can work and be
productive – and you allow employees of all abilities to compete in the
marketplace.

Make Buildings And Spaces Accessible

You may be able to make buildings, spaces, and products accessible using simple
or low-cost solutions. The best solutions will follow the rules of universal
design. This means designing products and environments that can be used by all
people, as much as possible, without having to be modified.

Legal Rights For People Who Use Service Animals

by Karin McCaig, articling student

People who use service animals may be denied access that others take for granted
such as being able to eat at a restaurant, go grocery shopping or live in the
apartment of their choice. As a result, ARCH receives inquiries from people
who use service animals about their legal rights.

How People With Disabilities Use The Web

Scenarios of People with Disabilities Using the Web

The following scenarios show people with different kinds of disabilities using
assistive technologies and adaptive strategies
to access the Web. In some cases the scenarios show how the Web can make some
tasks easier for people with disabilities.

Five Assistive Technologies You Should Be Aware Of

Written by Léonie Watson, Nomensa Head of Accessibility

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Blind Employees But Were Reluctant to Ask

By Nan Hawthorne

E-Sight Careers Network (USA)
Friday, September 28, 2007

Summary: These candid questions about employment of people who are blind or
visually impaired often go unasked — and, therefore, are generally
unanswered. Here are some straight answers.

A Way With WordsGuidelines For The Portrayal Of People With A Disability

The power of words and images to reflect and shape community perceptions of
people with a disability is widely acknowledged.