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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. National Disability Employment Awareness Month aims to increase public awareness of the positive impact that people with disabilities have when they are employed.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Most people with disabilities are capable of working and eager to contribute to their communities and the economy. For example, some of the disabilities that able and willing workers may have are:


Mental Illness Awareness Week

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week!

Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place across Canada in the first full week of October every year. During this week, organizations across Canada raise awareness about how mental illnesses affect people’s lives in different ways. In addition, the public can learn more about how to reduce the stigma around mental illnesses. In 2022, Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place from Sunday, October 2nd to Saturday, October 8th.


Consultation and Training to Implement Accessibility Standards in Education

Currently, there are no AODA education standards. However, two AODA standards development committees have drafted recommendations of guidelines that AODA education standards should include. One committee has recommended guidelines for the kindergarten to grade twelve (K-12) education system. In this article, we outline the need for consultation and training to implement accessibility standards in education.


Accessibility in School for Students with Environmental Sensitivities and Autism

Currently, there are no AODA education standards. However, two AODA standards development committees have drafted recommendations of guidelines that AODA education standards should include. One committee has recommended guidelines for the kindergarten to grade twelve (K-12) education system. In this article, we outline recommendations to enhance accessibility in school for students with environmental sensitivities and autism.


The International Day of Sign Languages

Today is the International Day of Sign Languages! The International Day of Sign Languages takes place every year around the world on September 23rd. The day raises awareness about how people who are deaf use Sign languages to communicate and contribute to their communities.

The International Day of Sign Languages

Sign Languages

Sign languages are visual languages. Signers convey meaning through handshapes, movements, and facial expressions. Sign languages are complete languages with their own grammars. Many people who are deaf use sign languages. However, people who have other communication disabilities may also use sign languages.