“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what you want and the other is getting it.” Oscar Wilde
Dundas Valley School of Art has turned the tragedy of getting what you want into triumph. The catalyst for some transformations is sometimes so deceptively simple. The Dundas Valley School of Art turned a minor injury into a major overhaul. A broken ankle for Executive Director Arthur Greenblatt resulted in the renovation of the entire facility. The experience has left Greenblatt with some cautionary tales about closing your venue and renovating it tip to top, about accepting money from the Federal Government, and about navigating politics. But his biggest caution echoes the thoughts of the famous playwright Oscar Wilde. “Be careful what you wish for,” Greenblatt says.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) affects all businesses, nonprofits and all levels of government in Ontario. With the goal of breakdown barriers for people with disabilities, the AODA mandates that all organizations meet various standards relating to customer service, employment, information and communications, the built environment, and transportation (www.accessontario.ca).
Accessibilty Ontario is about to begin their first two webinar series, aimed at helping organizations understand the AODA Standards – and both of the first webinars are being offered for FREE. Visit our Calendar for more information, or head to www.accessontario.ca to learn more about the AODA and Accessibility Ontario’s programs.
Are you wondering what the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Standards mean for your organization? Do you need to better understand these often confusing and multi-layered requirements so that you can determine what you have to do, when you have to do it, and how to manage the compliance process for your organization?