Pourquoi l’homologation? Les avantages pour la société

Pour qu'un modèle d'homologation soit efficace il doit convaincre toutes les parties impliquées.

Nous travaillons à la poursuite d’un modèle d'homologation en matière d'accès qui serait développé par les personnes handicapées, les entreprises et les organismes. Cela veut dire que ceux qui sont les plus affectés par le programme d’homologation seront ceux qui sont responsables pour développer les solutions et les mettre en place.

Créer un modèle d'homologation en matière d'accès, à l'échelle de la province, est une occasion idéale pour faire en sorte que notre société fasse une place à tous et toutes. Néanmoins, la mise en place d'un cadre qui satisfasse à la fois les entreprises et les aspirations en matière d'accès comporte un certain nombre de défis.

Que sont les avantages potentiels pour la société en général par l’introduction d’un modèle d’homologation en matière d’accès?

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Sallylou's avatar

Accessibility is still a big word with a variety of areas that need to be identified by businesses, communities and individuals. If we have an accessibility certification program, I would like to think that these individuals could go out to communities or workplaces, businesses to assist them with a workplan to achieve the best level of accessibility. That different areas would be covered, or be specialized.

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Louise's avatar

You're right - accessibility is a huge word. Often when it's used, it's not even used in reference to removing barriers so people who have a disability can fully participate in life and be included.

When I was on the province standards writing committee, one of the biggest things we were cautioned against was using the word "accessibility" and yet... look where we are.

It has been one of my dreams to become a consultant who can go out to various places and simply just talk to people. Often, what happens, is the decision makers, in this case the business leaders, don't have direct exposure to the types of challenges a disability can impose. Without the exposure, it's hard to dream up solutions.

One of the biggest mistakes I see is places testing the width of places using a manual wheelchair. The tester doesn't realize that a manual wheelchair moves differently than a power wheelchair.

I like your idea though - that people go out to assist in the barrier removal process.

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C Johnson's avatar

Anything that encourages increased accessibility will have social benefits, including:
-increased spending (benefits local economy)
-reduced strain on government services where private services can provide them
-reduced litigation or fines against inaccessible businesses
-increased ability for disabled people to be more productive in their communities (e.g. if they can access the services they need, they may be more able to work, volunteer, attend school, etc.)

A certification program is a potential enabler to reaching these goals by helping standardize and incentivize businesses towards accessibility.

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