Accessibility and Inclusion Workbook, Tools, and Resources
A message from City of Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan
British Columbia has an under-utilized resource — its citizens with disabilities. Our
communities are enriched by the gifts of all citizens, and removing any obstacles to their contributions should be the responsibility of all elected officials.
In two short years, sparked by a series of dialogues, citizens with disabilities have created a magnificent collaboration with all levels of government, VANOC and the business/corporate world. You too will discover the same energy and enthusiasm.
Measuring Up is not only a guide. It is also a process for engaging citizens with disabilities in a conversation about participation and contribution that strengthens our democracy. I am confident that municipalities adopting Measuring Up will discover
resources that will benefit the whole community.
A message on behalf of the Government of British Columbia from the Honourable Claude Richmond, Minister of Employment and Income Assistance
As British Columbians count down to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games we have the opportunity to show the world that our province is not only the best place to live, work and play, but to also demonstrate our leadership in improving the lives of people with disabilities everywhere.
Thanks to the efforts of leaders like Rick Hansen, who is making an enormous contribution towards removing barriers, and Premier Gordon Campbell, who is fully committed to building the best system of support in Canada for people with disabilities, British Columbia is leading the way.
A key part of our strategy is building greater awareness of the achievements of people with disabilities, and of the obstacles we need to remove to help these individuals achieve full potential. 2010 Legacies Now‘s Measuring Up provides an excellent step-by- step approach to topics ranging from creating fully accessible public spaces to promoting employment and community involvement for people with disabilities. As minister responsible for the government‘s disability strategy, I fully endorse this publication and will use it in our ongoing work with the Vancouver Foundation and our Disability Supports to Employment Fund.
Measuring up complements the work being done through the Minister‘s Council on
Employment for Persons with Disabilities and our WorkAble Solutions program, which encourages employers across the province to tap into this talented and dedicated, but not yet fully utilized, labour market.
We welcome the opportunities the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games present in creating a B.C. that is inclusive for all people with disabilities.
A message on behalf of the Vancouver Agreement from Judy Rogers, Manager, City of Vancouver and Chair, 2010 Legacies Now
The work of the Accessible/Inclusive Cities and Communities Project began two years ago with a simple, but fundamental goal: to foster greater opportunities within all of our communities for people with disabilities. The Vancouver Agreement saw that this vision fit with its goals of sustainability and inclusion, and was pleased to fund Phase One of the Project.
In the months that followed, people from a wide variety of disability organizations, along with many others, came together to reach beyond any issues that could divide us, to create what has become the beginning of an inspirational dialogue: a sharing of our mutual creativity, passion and practical expertise on community inclusiveness and accessibility.
With the creation of Measuring Up, we all now have a flexible, ‗living‘ guide that
captures, expands and carries forward that dialogue into the future. Over time, Measuring Up will change, reflecting the growth of our shared expertise on inclusivity and accessibility, and bringing it to all communities. Just as importantly, it will continue to support the open, collaborative dialogue which has made this project uniquely successful.
In the spirit of that collaboration, the Measuring Up guide is presented to the
communities of BC — and, in time, beyond. We are confident it will bring inspiration to everyone working towards building and sustaining communities that are fully accessible and inclusive — communities that value the participation of all, and
ultimately are places where everyone belongs.
A message from Mike Harcourt
The Accessible/Inclusive Cities and Communities concept, work and guide grew out of a commitment by the Rick Hansen Foundation, the City of Vancouver, and a broad gathering of disability groups, including the City‘s Advisory Committee on
Disability Issues. Councillors Sam Sullivan and Tim Louis helped move the concept through Vancouver City Council, and onto the agenda of British Columbia's Municipalities in 2003/04.
We then started the tough work of turning the concept into a practical motivational guide that communities could use to act on and assess progress towards removing the barriers people with disabilities face — affordable/accessible housing and
transportation, training and employment, and other services and quality of life issues. By spring 2005 the concept
and guide, to everyone‘s relief and delight, had become a reality.
Now the challenge is to see it happen; started in time to be complete for the World Urban Forum in June 2006 in Vancouver, and certainly significantly underway for future world class events that will be hosted here in British Columbia in the coming years. Measuring Up has the potential to make a
lasting impact in all communities across the province.
Glossary 6 6. Emergency Preparedness 19
7. Education 19 Quick Reference Guide 7
Access to Information 20 part 1 Ready 8
Dialogue 21 Introduction 8
Action 21 Envision This 9
1. Universal Signage and Way-finding 21 part 2 Set 11 2. Plain Language 22
3. Multiple Formats 23 A Framework for Dialogue and
4. Accurate Portrayals 23 Action on Accessibility and