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Resources on issues of accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Smartboards are Making Learning Accessible in Classrooms

Chalkboards and basic whiteboards are out, and taking their place are interactive whiteboards, called smartboards. In fact, smartboards are making learning accessible for kids with disabilities.

Smartboards are visual learning tools. So, you might find yourself wondering how they are making learning accessible for kids with disabilities. In this article, we explore how smartboards help students who are:

  • Visually impaired
  • Physically impaired
  • Learning disabled

iCan Bike: Teaching Kids with Disabilities to Ride Bikes

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage. However, teaching kids with disabilities to ride bikes may be difficult. That’s because the process of learning to ride a bike doesn’t account for accessibility. So, parents may not teach kids with disabilities to ride a bike at all, or kids with disabilities may become discouraged. In response, iCan Bike is trying to make it easier to teach kids with disabilities to ride a bike. The program is designed to help kids with disabilities ride bikes using special techniques and adaptive bikes.

The GRIT Freedom Chair: Pushing the Limits on Accessibility

GRIT is a company dedicated to changing the lives of people with mobile disabilities. The creators of the Freedom Chair studied mechanical engineering at MIT. After receiving the help of many industry professionals, these engineers were able to design an all-terrain mobility device. The chair is for people with mobile disabilities to go off-road and experience a life off the pavement.

Adaptive Clothing Brands Offered in Canada

Many people do not think twice about getting dressed. They might think of the style of the clothes they want to wear, but they may not put much thought into the function of clothes. However, this is not the case for many people with disabilities. Indeed, it can be difficult to find functional, stylish, and adaptive clothing for people with:

  • Mobility or medical devices
  • Disabilities affecting limb length or body structure

The R Word

In a social media video post, two of the Kardashian sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, refer to each other as the R word. There was a lot of backlash to the videos. Of course, official apologies followed from both sisters. However, the backlash brings a larger issue into focus. Namely, at issue is the use of the R word and other pejorative words that serve to harm the disabled community.