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AODA regulations

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Since the Ontario government proposed changes to the barrier-free requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC), under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the new amendments, although applauded, have been a source of confusion for many building owners and managers across the province.
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Read more about this if your company is a Property Management, REIT, Property owner and FM related firm. The AODA has deadlines for your companies including the mandatory Multi-Year Plan. Don't get caught with Human Rights or AODA Non-Compliance fines. Contact JESleeth AODA@optimalperformance.ca

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New signs to make Sydney's streets more accessible to the visually impaired - Cities Today

New signs to make Sydney's streets more accessible to the visually impaired - Cities Today | Universal design | Scoop.it
New signs to make Sydney's streets more accessible to the visually impaired Cities Today The most extensive network of pedestrian braille signs in Australia will soon be rolled-out, linking the entire City of Sydney through prominent, interactive...
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Wonderful to see Australia leading in this area.  Canada....hullo, hullo.... we have disabled people in our country as well. They would love to make their way around the city to get to their jobs, social lives, sporting events, restaurants...........  OPC Inc

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Table of Contents — July 2014, 22 (3)

RT @SAGEpsychology: Read the latest issue of Ergonomics in Design: the quarterly of Human Factors applications @HFES http://t.co/Lsjjpi1EQx
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Most people are not aware that Ergonomics is also about the human brain and how we think, & respond based on the information presented to the human brain. This is a great read!  OPC Inc

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act | Universal design | Scoop.it
Strategies for Compliance

Deadlines for AODA compliance continue to loom. Is your organization ready?
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Optimal Performance Consultants and Herman Miller are presenting a 2 hour seminar for private and public employers on the AODA.  The IASR or Integrated Accessibility Standards are in full swing and Multi-Year Plans, Outdoor Public Space accessibility as well as Accessible Websites are key priorities. Learn about this and more from 2 of Canada's top experts in strategic accessibility processes and accessible design. Seating is limited and are selling  quickly.  Contact Carla or Jamila or sign up on line.

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Challenges for the disabled persist - Canada News - Castanet.net

Challenges for the disabled persist - Canada News - Castanet.net | Universal design | Scoop.it
17-20% of the Canadian Population with another percentage of aging population with disabilities & with money?? Yet the marketplace & employers are blind to these opportunities.  Canadian retailers, restaurants, employers and businesses have missed the boat regarding their misconceptions about the disabled ("they are in wheelchairs and are poor right?). Get educated about the  realities of Canadian Demographics and business opportunities at the OPC Seminar on the AODA at Herman Miller Toronto March 27th 2014. AODA@optimalperformance.caCanada's disabled citizens face ongoing challenges to their well-being, including barriers to language and communication, learning and training, and safety and security, says a new report.
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17-20% of the Canadian Population with another percentage of aging population with disabilities & with money?? Yet the marketplace & employers are blind to these opportunities.  Canadian retailers, restaurants, employers and businesses have missed the boat regarding their misconceptions about the disabled ("they are in wheelchairs and are poor right?). Get educated about the  realities of Canadian Demographics and business opportunities at the OPC Seminar on the AODA at Herman Miller Toronto March 27th 2014. AODA@optimalperformance.ca

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8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices | Universal design | Scoop.it
Looking back a decade or so ago it was absolutely essential to have an office, or more likely, a cubicle. That's where we had meetings, saw our coworkers, and just got work done. But today do we really need corporate offices?

Via Color-Art
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I love how designers who are trying to get their names and reputations out there keep talking about the need for more and more open offices/workstations and the ability for people to work from home. The fact is there are still thousands of jobs which require access to co-workers, clients and or require periods of concentrated and quiet effort. This catch all review of offices of the future are not based  on the realities of the nature of work in NA or the need for the human brain to interact with others at times and then have quiet private time to work. Sure wish Ergonomists/Human Factors Design experts were part of this conversation.  JESleeth OPC

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Will Offices Be Obsolete Soon Due To #Digital #Collaboration? 

Flexible Solutions make us more mobile. But can they replace real consolidated collaboration?

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BIFMA updates its ergonomics guideline

BIFMA updates its ergonomics guideline | Universal design | Scoop.it
The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) recently revised its 2002 ergonomics guideline. Of particular interest to facility managers, architects and designers are the recommendations for chairs and work surfaces.

Via Guy Osmond
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This is such a great update for BIFMA. OPC's Jane Sleeth sat on one of the committees for these updates. Cannot wait to see how the furniture manufacturers work with these to bring about enhanced human performance. JESleeth OPC Inc

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Riding High: Course makes biking accessible to children with disabilities (July 24, 2013)

Riding High: Course makes biking accessible to children with disabilities (July 24, 2013) | Universal design | Scoop.it
RT @UWMadison: We love this @UWMadEducation effort to make #biking accessible to children with #disabilities: http://t.co/GT5yZaDdUQ #Madis…
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Over time designs such as this will be seen by the public to not just make a difference in terms of accommodation for disability but will be seen as a universal improvment in design to the benefit of all. I have noted an increase in the number of these bikes being used by people of all ages with physical disabilities. This type of technology coupled with universal designed pathways will allow the disabled to also maintain fitness levels and health.  JE Sleeth OPC Inc

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DuoStrap Neo Guitar Strap Offers Affordable Ergonomics - PR Web (press release)

DuoStrap Neo Guitar Strap Offers Affordable Ergonomics - PR Web (press release) | Universal design | Scoop.it
DuoStrap Neo Guitar Strap Offers Affordable Ergonomics PR Web (press release) Constructed of all-synthetic materials including a densely padded elastic neoprene on the main shoulder sections, the DuoStrap Neo doesn't compromise on the proven...
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You see.....Ergonomics can be and should be involved in the design of all products including guitar straps, software and accessible way finding in your local mall.  OPC Inc

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VisitEngland launches new accessibility guide

VisitEngland launches new accessibility guide | Universal design | Scoop.it
National tourist board VisitEngland has launched Speak Up!, a free online guide designed to help tourism businesses market their accessibility to disabled travellers.

Via Brian Seaman
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I am sitting back watching the UK and many European countries, California and even parts of NYC become accessible. Toronto where I live is not an accessible city and therefore sends a strong message to visitors; we have no interest in welcoming you to our city.... try the UK with your tourist dollars.  The accessibility team at OPC

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Glad to have played a small part in it #accessibletourism

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3 Ways to Accelerate Ergonomics in 2013 | Health content from EHS Today

3 key methods for accelerating ergonomics and continuous improvement efforts in the workplace.
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Humantech brings a great article about how REAL ERGONOMICS is applied to the workplace.  Employers have not been well served by non-certified ergonomists as they read reports completed by OTs, PTs and Kinesiologists who are patient advocates and have no experience in human factors design.  When looking to bring ergonomic expertise into your workplace always check to ensure the correct education and experience of the firm before hiring. JESleeth OPC Inc

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Times Up Ontario Employers; The AODA requires Mandatory Compliance Steps by Dec 31 2014!!

Times Up Ontario Employers; The AODA requires Mandatory Compliance Steps by Dec 31 2014!! | Universal design | Scoop.it
Time's up ONTARIO private employers!! With 4 companies having been fined by the Directorate, a large increase in Human Rights Tribunal cases, civil suits commencing (see settlement of suit against ...
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Time's up; the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario is serious and fines are being levied, Human Rights Cases heard, civil suits launched and won, and private employer's brands being impacted by negative press and social media.  By Dec 31st your company needs to have in place compliance with Fire Code related, IASR and Public Space accessible design elements. Your Mult-Year Plans are due. Contact us at AODA@optimalperformance.ca to make sense of all of this and ensure compliance by the deadlines required.

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Merriam First City In Midwest To Adopt New Wheelchair-Accessible Icon - KCUR

Merriam First City In Midwest To Adopt New Wheelchair-Accessible Icon - KCUR | Universal design | Scoop.it
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Merriam First City In Midwest To Adopt New Wheelchair-Accessible Icon
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Merriam has become the first city in the Midwest to adopt a more contemporary version of the wheelchair-accessible icon.
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Finally - I am so glad to see this in place - wish Canada and Toronto would adopt this esp with our Para and Pan American Games being held next year.  OPC Inc

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Tweet from @USCAR_

Tweet from @USCAR_ | Universal design | Scoop.it
Natalie Taylor discusses integrating human factors and urban design in active transport #systemanalysis http://t.co/M1lzYG2g9C
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As long as Designers of all types - Urban, Planners, Transportation, Interior Design and Architects - do not use Human Factors Specialists in their designs, the human factor will be left out of the equation. Result? Human Error, Accidents, traffic jams, wasted time with trial and error, injuries.  FORM must be equal to FUNCTION in all designs.

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2014_Accssible%20Meeting%20OMSSA%20Guide%202%20-%20EN.pdf

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Next time you are conducting a meeting, seminar, conference call please make sure that the meeting is #accessible for all of the age groups and levels of ability in your workplace. Many of your employees have hearing impairments, low vision that you might not be aware of. Take a look at your current seating arrangements, presentation materials, technology to ensure everyone can hear, see and read the materials and contribute equally to your meetings.  The AODA team at Optimal Performance

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The Multi Year Plan, Web Accessibility & the Ontario Build Code; Optimal Performance Seminar March 27th

The Multi Year Plan, Web Accessibility & the Ontario Build Code; Optimal Performance Seminar March 27th | Universal design | Scoop.it
Optimal Performance Consultants announces our first Seminar of our 2014 Series March 27th ;Strategies for Compliance with the AODA Act; the Multi-Year Plan & the Ontario Build Code (ABES). Pres...
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Optimal Performance Consultants announces our first Seminar of our 2014 Series March 27th ; Strategy for Compliance with the AODA Act; the Multi-Year Plan & the Ontario Build Code (ABES). This is a 2 hour seminar being held at the Herman Miller Toronto training centre 4th Floor. Breakfast and networking 8 to 9 am, Seminar 9-11am. Cost 195$ HST included Contact Carla or Jamila AODA@optimalperformance.ca

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How ADA accessible are city buildings? - Wyoming Tribune

How ADA accessible are city buildings? - Wyoming Tribune | Universal design | Scoop.it
How ADA accessible are city buildings?
Wyoming Tribune
That year, the DOJ issued the city a letter of noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Or the Canadian version of this being how OBC ABES is your building in Ontario?  We suggest an Accessibility Audit before renovation and builds to keep costs within a real ROI position and to ensure compliance.  @OPCergo

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Disabled Toilets - An Idiot's Guide

Disabled Toilets - An Idiot's Guide | Universal design | Scoop.it
For anyone who owns a building which members of the public will enter including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, coffee shops, museums, shopping centres etc. Here are some dos and don'ts from an expe...

Via Kate@WenmanMobility
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Want to understand the new Ontario Build Code Accessibility Addendum design for Disabled and Universal Washrooms? Optimal Performance will make sense of the guidelines and help your company put this into place. Let's start with an Audit and get this right the first time. OptimalPerformance.ca

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Deaf-blind Ottawa woman angry after ‘humiliating’ Air Canada flight

Deaf-blind Ottawa woman angry after ‘humiliating’ Air Canada flight | Universal design | Scoop.it
An Ottawa-area woman who is both blind and deaf has launched a formal complaint against Air Canada after a difficult trip to Alberta last week that she says left her frightened and humiliated.

Via Brian Seaman
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Optimal has been warning some of the Canadian airlines that with the advent of the AODA these sorts of incidents would occur due to their lack of training of employees.  These high profile cases are only just beginning to occur and for good reason. The Airlines in Canada are not yet ready to really assist customers with disabilities in terms of airport design, wayfinding and signage and in terms of employee understanding of customer service requirements for disabled passengers. Hopefully these sort of complaints will cause a enough Brand Damage that the main airlines in Canada determine they need assistance from human factors specialist firms such as OPC Inc.

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Wheelchair anglers find few spots to safely fish - Napa Valley Register - Napa Valley Register

Wheelchair anglers find few spots to safely fish - Napa Valley Register - Napa Valley Register | Universal design | Scoop.it
Wheelchair anglers find few spots to safely fish - Napa Valley Register Napa Valley Register A few seconds earlier, Ruane's fishing buddy, Jim Elwood, had cast the line a third of the way into the river, despite having to work from his own...

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Yes the disabled also like to fish......and to attend sporting events, and to have a good job and to go to school and even drink a beer in the local pub. But they remain outside of the fence with money in their pockets unable to access everything in life we access without question.  The AODA is here businesses in Ontario. Let's get with the program. AODA@Optimalperformance.ca

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Photo by msmirandal • Instagram

Yes both screens are on and displaying something, and yes the ergonomics are poo in the #Toyota #Sienna.
msmirandal's photo on Instagram (Yes both screens are on and displaying something, and yes the ergonomics are poo in the #Toyota #Sienna.
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Just because it is a new car does not meet ergnomic expertise was used in the product design phase for a vehicle. We can say this with experience with Chrysler who tended to use ergonomic sciences after the design occurred. The best place to see where industrial design thrives is in Europe where designers and engineers actively engage ergonomic experts at all phases of the design process. ....and companies in NA wonder why firms such as OPC thrive? Because we end up being in the business of cleaning up the "mess" left behind from poor design which does not consider the human factor who will use the car, device, tool etc.  JESleeth Principal Ergonomic Consultant OPC

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Transport for All to give evidence to Transport Select Committee › Transport for all › Accessible Transport in London

Transport for All to give evidence to Transport Select Committee › Transport for all › Accessible Transport in London | Universal design | Scoop.it
Transport For All provides information and advice for disabled transport users in London. (RT @transportforall: We give evidence to the Transport Select cmtte inquiry on accessible transport on Monday!
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As Toronto and the Province hums and haws and waivers on decisions about LRT versus Subways the notion of bringing universal design elements to our transportation system is absolutely remarkable. Our ageing babyboomers are here to stay and will need access to the TTC, GO and other modes of transportation. New visitors to our city need to quickly and effectively navigate our system. Without universal design elements in eaach part of the system we will lose our ability to accommodate the disabled, ageing and new users of the system. Is there a leader anywhere in the city?

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