Step 2: Purpose of the Committee

Now that you know you are on the path to improved accessibility and inclusion, the question is, which challenges do you need to address. To determine this, you need to consider the nature of your business inside and out. The answers to these questions will help shape the purpose of your committee and the structure it might take.

In addition to what you do, you should consider how you do it as part of the purpose of the committee. This means examining the culture, policies, and practices that exist and how to involve people with disabilities in changing them (see this Report and Guidelines from a US non-profit organization for some insights).

Consider What You Do

Some things your accessibility committee may want to work towards include:

  • Raising awareness about accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities
  • Setting internal accessibility standards
  • Increasing accessibility within your organization
  • Providing support, information, and education related to accessibility and inclusion
  • Encouraging feedback about accessibility issues
  • To determine what your path is, you need to consider the nature of your business inside and out. This will help shape the purpose of your committee and the structure it might take.

Brainstorming Exercise

Brainstorm on your own or in a group about what you see as the purpose of the accessibility committee in your organization.
What duties would you like the committee to have?