Help set the standard for Information and Communications Accessibility in Manitoba
May 21, 2019
Posted by: CPHR Manitoba
The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) Accessibility Advisory Council is looking for feedback on the Discussion Paper for an Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications.
The proposed Accessibility Standard breaks down the meaning and value of accessible information and communications; the types of mediums used to communicate information; and how technology has helped and hindered communication when it comes to accessibility.
We use mediums to communicate to each other - verbal, written, visuals (e.g. photography) - over various platforms - by phone, email, a designated website and print materials. Technology has enhanced our ability to communicate information over multiple channels and, in turn, broken down many barriers that limited people from accessing information; however, technology has also created new barriers in cases where certain accessibility measures are ignored or not accounted for.
The Advisory Council is asking Manitobans to review and assess the Discussion Paper for an Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications to determine:
- Does the standard provide clear direction on how to remove the information and communication barriers?
- Is the standard too broad? Too narrow?
- Are there still items missing from the standard?
- Is the standard achievable?
- Will the standard make a difference?
CPHR Manitoba asks its members to take the time to read the discussion paper in full and (if needed) submit a written submission for consideration to the Disabilities Issues Office by June 30, 2019:
Disabilities Issues Office
630-240 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0J7
Toll-Free: 1-800-282-8069 Ext. 7613
When you make your submission, please include your CPHR designation when applicable. Should you wish to notify CPHR Manitoba that you've made a submission, please cc us at firstname.lastname@example.org in your email to the Disabilities Issues Office or call us at 204-943-2836.
For more information about the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA), visit AccessibilityMB.ca.