Eliminating barriers and elevating inclusion for all.
The importance of accessibility
Persons with disabilities (PwD) are the largest equity-seeking group in Canada and in the world. Nearly 22 percent of Canadians identify as having a disability, and almost every person experiences disability in their lifetime. Organizations that take accessibility for PwD seriously and respond to the needs of this important demographic have the potential to reap significant financial and reputational advantages.
The BDO Accessibility Consulting team has in-depth knowledge of the accessibility landscape. Led by Max Brault, who helped guide the federal government toward enacting the Accessible Canada Act, we possess unparalleled experience and expertise.
We understand the importance of consulting with and including PwD in the accessibility process. We have lived experience of disability, which allows us to connect with employees and clients, recognize barriers to accessibility, help organizations navigate requirements, and reach new levels of disability confidence.
Based on where you are on your accessibility journey, BDO offers accessibility support and solutions tailored to your organization’s needs
Holistic accessibility assessments
Accessibility consultation facilitation
Accessibility plan development
Accessibility plan implementation
Implementation of key measurements and success metrics
Change management support
IT accessibility reviews
WCAG, European standard compliance assessments
IT accessibility infrastructure and process planning
Accessibility integration into the employee life cycle
Employment system reviews focused on addressing systemic barriers for equity-seeking groups
Built environment assessments
Feedback consultation planning and facilitation
Procurement policy, process, and governance reviews and implementation
BDO’s accessibility assessment framework includes an in-depth analysis of:
Information and communication technologies (ICT)
The design and delivery of programs and services
The procurement of goods, services, and facilities
BDO Accessibility Spotlight
BDO’s accessibility expert Max Brault interviews Canada’s Chief Accessibility Officer Stephanie Cadieux to speak about her experience as a change leader and her influence as a government official in the accessibility space.
Featured insights and offerings for Accessibility Consulting services
Resources to support your business
Breaking down barriers: Accessibility consulting at BDO can help build a profitable future for people with disabilities
The conversation around hiring people with differing abilities has become less about the lack of suitable jobs and more about how inclusivity offers business gains. Businesses committed to hiring people with disabilities can realize significant benefits and engaging with experienced accessibility consultants is a great place to start.
The Accessible Canada Act, enacted in 2019, helps to ensure a more level playing field for people of all abilities. It is more important than ever for banks and other large financial institutions to plan their compliance strategy and build a successful path forward.
Shining an entrepreneurial spotlight on the disability community
Using data from Public Service and Procurement Canada, Statistics Canada, and the Chamber of Commerce, our infographic raises awareness about the successes and remaining gaps in the landscape of Canadian businesses owned by persons with disabilities (PwD).
BDO partners with Canadian Accessibility Network and Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
In an effort to help corporate Canada be more innovative when it comes to persons with disabilities (PwD), BDO and CCRW have signed a memorandum of understanding, forming an ongoing relationship between the two organizations.
From navigating the difficulties to discovering noteworthy prospects—we can help. Our team can assist with identifying, attracting, and retaining the best talent, while also ensuring your workplace is inclusive and transparent. With our help, your HR team can shift their attention to essential business capabilities.
Do you need to develop an IT strategy that better aligns with your business objectives and supports future goals? We can help assess your existing infrastructure, find opportunities for enhancement, and produce a plan to meet future technology demands.