Phase 1

Identifying the problem

To many, accessibility means ramps, elevators, and parking spots. However, whether you are a person with a disability, a father pushing a baby stroller, or a senior pulling a grocery cart, it is often the smaller details of accessibility that get overlooked. Help us identify the gaps in accessibility for you.

It is estimated that as our population ages up to 40 per cent of consumer spending will come from people with accessibility issues. This represents a potential market of up to $11.2 billion over five years.

How can businesses help to reduce these barriers to greater revenue and more inclusive customer experiences?

For a certification program to work, it must make sense to everyone involved. It provides significant opportunity to transform our society into one that is inclusive for all.

What are the potential benefits to society at large from introducing an accessibility certification program in Ontario?

In Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the standard of compliance for accessibility. However, the goal of Certified For Access is to provide businesses with further incentive to go above and beyond the minimum standard. To make accessibility an aspiration, not just an obligation.

What are the potential benefits that will make businesses want to participate in a certification program?

How we develop a framework to overcome these risks and turn them into successes will be the key to creating an accessibility certification program that works for everyone.

What are some key risks and success factors in developing an accessibility certification program in Ontario?

Accessibility is about inclusion for everyone. We want to hear your stories.

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