We believe that ongoing learning to grow our understanding of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) and to better support members of our community is an essential component of our role. We focus on embedding IDEA strategies into all our programs, collaborations, and projects to ensure we build strong, trusting relationships, especially when working with persons with disabilities and minority groups.
IDEA at Abilities Centre:
At Abilities Centre, we are on an inclusion journey – one that is transforming the way we all live, work, learn and play in our communities. Inclusion is about building cultures and environments in which people with diverse identities feel they belong, and can participate meaningfully as part of the whole, while retaining authenticity, uniqueness and autonomy.
At Abilities Centre, we strive to reflect a diverse and inclusive mindset that takes into consideration an individual’s range of identities, characteristics, qualities, and experiences that shape who we are and lead to the varied perspectives and approaches we bring to our interactions with others.
At Abilities Centre, creating equitable access to programs and services starts with recognizing and acknowledging the existence of systemic social inequalities and acting to proactively reduce or remove barriers to opportunities and inclusion. Equity is about giving more to those who need it, in proportion to their circumstances, to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities. Everyone is given the support they need to succeed.
Accessibility is at the core of the work at Abilities Centre. It is about designing products, communications, services, and/or environments to be usable by people with diverse abilities without barriers. Offering equal opportunities for everyone to have autonomy and self-direction in their participation in all aspects of life.
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