Enabling Change

The Enabling Change program offers able-bodied participants the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the importance of accessibility and the barriers facing those with disabilities. We introduce key topics such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), appropriate vocabulary, common barriers and adaptive sport, all with the goal of promoting inclusiveness and respect. We supply participants with wheelchairs and challenge them to experience a day-in-the-life of a wheelchair user, as well as bring our athlete ambassadors to share their stories and facilitate a wheelchair sport session.

In Schools

Students will gain first-hand knowledge of barriers faced and accommodations required to make their school accessible by attending classes and travelling the halls in a wheelchair. The week begins with an information session introducing key themes of accessibility, inclusion and adaptive sport, and ends with a game of wheelchair basketball facilitated by one of our athlete ambassadors. This program is suitable for students in Grades 11 and 12, or post-secondary.

In Businesses

The Enabling Change program for businesses places stronger emphasis on outlining AODA standards and requirements, as well as providing an opportunity to conduct an informal accessibility audit of the space. Experiencing a day-in-the-life of a wheelchair user will help employees understand that accessible workplaces means more than having an automatic entry door. The week ends with a team-building wheelchair basketball session facilitated by one of our athlete ambassadors.

For more information please contact us at katherine@owsa.ca or 416-426-7131