Going Beyond - Video Series
Going Beyond is a film, video and social media project to promote and educate the public and private companies on the barriers that still exist for people with disabilities. We need to encourage people with and without any intrisic power to #GoBeyond what is required and what is needed.
The videos will partially use humor to educate or at least bait the hook for people to watch the videos. People on their own do not decide to go looking for videos or educational content about things that do not affect them or those around them, so you need to educate them by entertaining them into learning and understanding.
The film project and video projects will not only be looking at the barriers faced by people with physical and more visible disabilities, but will also explore barriers faced by people with invisible disabilities such as mental health issues, cognitive disorders and others.
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While attending a gathering with social innovators Ian Payton had a conversation with a woman visiting from out West and the conversation progressed into the topic that more work needs to be done in getting planners and designer to “Go Beyond” what the building code and provincial Accessibility Acts require. That got us to talking more and thing there should be an organization/lobby group to those same planners and developers to “Go Beyond” the minimum. After watching a segment on TVO’s Agenda with Steve Paiken tvo.org/video/fighting-for-a-barrier-free-ontario, I learned about 2 organizations The AODA Alliance and DesignABLE Environments.
The AODA Alliance is a disability consumer advocacy group that works to support the full and effective implementation of accessibility standards in Ontario https://www.aodaalliance.org/
DesignABLE Environments is a unique organization of consultants who assist clients in the creation of accessible environments through the application of regulations and universal design principles. http://www.designable.ca/
While both these groups are doing great work trying to educate designers and gain the political will to get more done about building a more barrier free Ontario, more needs to be done in educating corporate and private developers to want more from their project planners and designers. Part of educating companies and organizations to these barriers is to educate the general public who are their customers and consumers.’
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