Accessibility Measures

In order to conduct the work of the CDPA, five accessibility measure have been developed and validated.

  1. The Accessible Elections checklist was developed by David Shannon and Mary Ann McColl for a study of electoral accessibility in Ontario, under the auspices of the Federal Disability Policy.
  2. The Community Integration Measure was developed by Mary Ann McColl and colleagues for studies of overall participation in community living for people with disabilities.
  3. The Main Street Accessibility Checklist was developed by Mary Ann McColl and Katherine Irwin as part of a study of the impact of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act on a small community.
  4. The Primary Care Accessibility checklist was designed by Mary Ann McColl and colleagues for studies conducted under the auspices of the Health Care research team.
  5. Tips for Accessible Meetings & Hotel and Meeting Room Accessibility checklists were developed by Mike Schaub, the first Project Coordinator of the CDPA, to guide our choices of meeting venues, processes and accommodations.

Accessible Elections
Click here to view the Campaign Office Accessibility Checklist

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Community Integration Measure

The Community Integration Measure (CIM) offers a brief, easily administered measure of community integration in a client-centered survey of perceived connections with the community in 4 dimensions (general assimilation, support, occupation and independent living) developed from the words and ideas of individuals with traumatic brain injury.


  • McColl, M.A., Davies, D., Carlson, P., Johnston, J., & Minnes, P. (2001). The Community Integration Measure:  Development and preliminary validation.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82, 429-434.
  • McColl, M.A., Davies, D., Carlson, P., Johnston, J., Harrick, L.,., Minnes, P., & Shue, K. (1999). Transitions to independent living after ABI.  Brain Injury, 13, 311-330.
  • McColl, M.A., Carlson, P., Johnston, J., Minnes, K., Shue, K., Davies, D., &  Karlovits, T. (1998). The definition of community integration:  Perspectives of people with brain injuries.  Brain Injury, 12 (1), 15-30.
  • Minnes, P., Carlson, P., McColl, M.A., Nolte, M.L., Johnston, J. & Buell, K. (2003).  Community integration:  a useful construct , but what does it really mean?  Brain Injury, 17, 149-59.

In 2014, Dr. Etsuko Tadaka from the Yokohama City University in Japan translated the CIM to Japanese and in 2017 the article titled ‘Reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Community Integration Measure for community-dwelling people with schizophrenia’ was published in the International Journal of Mental Health Symptoms.

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Main Street Accessibility Checklist

Thornbury main streetDuring the summer of 2012, researchers from Queen’s University collaborated with CPAO to conduct field research on physical accessibility and attitudes towards disability among “main street” businesses in Thornbury, Ontario.  With the goal of investigating how the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) works and what differences it makes in Ontario communities,  this team conducted an accessibility audit of 41 business over 3 blocks. The Main Street Accessibility Checklist was used to conduct the accessibility audit.

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Primary Care Accessibility

Nurse kneeling beside little boy using a wheelchairThe Canadian Disability Policy Alliance’s first accessibility initiative, the Primary Care Accessibility Checklist, was developed as a self -assessment tool that physicians and administrators could use to ensure their practices are fully accessible. The guidelines outlined in this checklist are based on research conducted jointly by the Centre for Health Services & Policy Research and the Centre for Studies in Primary Care at Queen’s University.

The tool is offered by the CDPA to raise awareness of disability issues in primary care and to assist practices with overcoming the various barriers that disabled Canadians face in accessing healthcare.

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Tips for Accessible Meetings

People greeting each other using sign languageFully accessible meetings are a micro level expression of the CDPA’s vision of full inclusion for people with disabilities in all facets of Canadian society.  Accessible meetings are a way to make sure everyone can benefit fully from information provided at a meeting and from the gifts and experience of all of the participants at the table.  We have learned from our semi-annual governance meetings that fully accessible meetings are very rewarding and also that they can be very challenging to organize.  However, the extra logistical effort required to make everything come together is definitely worth it!   For all the meeting planners and organizers out there, we hope that you will consider making every meeting you plan accessible right from the beginning.

Most meeting planners will recognize the 6 p’s that are the organizers creed – Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.  We submit to you a second version of this motto for your consideration – Proper prior planning promotes participation and possibilities for all!  The most important principle is to start well ahead of time.  For those who would like to learn more please click on the links to the documents below: our guide to planning accessible meetings and a checklist that can be used when selecting meeting venues that will ensure the full participation of all who attend.

Tips for Conducting Accessible Meetings

Hotel and Meeting Room Accessibility Checklist

For accessibility guidelines related to printed materials, slide presentations, web pages, and other issues related to accessible meeting design please refer to the resources published at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s website here. For other accessibility standards related to print and web based materials consult the resources provided by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario here.

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