this link for the Full Version
of DAWN Ontario's Access Checklist
this link for the full version en
this link for the Abridged
Version of DAWN Ontario's Access Checklist
this link for the abridged version en
this link for Planning for Accessible
Meetings & General Guidelines When Serving Anyone with Special Needs
Follow this link for Tips
for Equal Access Presentations: Suggestions for making your presentation
links for an additional access checklists for:
Service / Accommodation Practices
Communications Accessibility Checklist
Existing Facilities Checklist
What is ACCESS?
Access is more
than just a wheelchair ramp. It can be:
- the use of sign
language and a teletypewriter (TTY);
- the use of blissymbolics;
- the use of print
materials in braille, large print, on tape, and in plain language;
- the use of ALT
tags (Alternative text) to identify Internet images;
is not just all about physical access and technical devices.
Access is acceptance
and understanding, a social environment in which Women with disAbilities
are free to be ourselves.
Access may be defined
by the person. For example, people with environmental illnesses may
have serious reactions to scents. People with epilepsy may have a seizure
because of the use of flashbulbs.
Examples are: ramps, accessible washrooms, wide doorways, accessible
Examples are: taking extra time to communicate with someone with an
intellectual disability, arranging interviews at times when an individual
may be less affected by medications, etc.
Examples are: access to American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, material
in alternate formats such as large print, audiotape, Braille, computer
disk; communication aids like word boards, etc.
Awareness of and sensitivity to the experiences and needs of Women with
Availability of services at no cost or low fees - many Women with disAbilities
have low incomes.
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