Inclusion Rather Than Accessibility

Just visited CNIB’s GTA Community Hub at Yonge and St Claire and it is awesome. I wish there had been something like this around when I was first diagnosed with my eye disease.

The building is, of course, completely accessible with high contrast, tactile floor routes, Blind Square technology, an accessible internet cafe and so much more! Of course, there is also fully inclusive programming and the programs are not specifically for people with vision loss, the goal is for community programs to come and use the space with CNIB support to make them accessible. How awesome is that?!

Well, it gets even better: One of the goals of the Hub is bring inclusion outside the doors of the CNIB and staff are educating business owners in the area how to make their spaces more inclusive. The goal? For Yonge and St Clair to be the most accessible corner in Canada.

Sometimes I feel like the journey towards “accessibility for all” is moving alarmingly slow, but it’s initiatives like this that give me hope.