Manitoba’s Disabilities Issues Office has created a guide and training on How to Create an Accessibility Plan to help your organization become more accessible for persons with disabilities and others. In summary, there are 6 steps to creating your Accessibility Plan:

  1. Develop a Statement of Commitment that summarizes your organization’s vision and goals to meeting the accessibility needs of your customers, employees and the community.
  2. Set Priorities based on the baseline report developed in Getting Started. Consider your organization's most important services, as well as resources.  Also consider the compliance requirements and deadlines of other accessibility standards that affect you.
  3. Develop Accessibility Policies that act like rules on how the organization will operate and how it interacts with employees, clients and the public. For example, meetings in accessible locations. Also consider policies among the compliance requirements and deadlines of other accessibility standards that affect you.
  4. Identify short and long term Actions required to remove existing barriers to enhance accessibility for everyone.  Many actions can be taken at low or no cost.  Budget for future actions. Again, consider the compliance requirements and deadlines of other accessibility standards that affect you.
  5. Make your Accessibility Plan public to ensure accountability to everyone affected by your plans.
  6. Review and Update Your Accessibility Plan as a part of existing corporate planning to meet the AMA requirement that public sectors update their Accessibility Plans every two years.

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