Accessibility is an evolving topic with considerations that vary depending on the setting. When planning a dementia initiative, it is important to consider how to minimize barriers to participation and maximize accessibility. Barriers to participation can be physical, social, financial, and more. Accessibility also includes aspects that can be invisible, such as creating a safe environment where people living with dementia feel welcomed and supported. Reflect on potential barriers to your initiative and strategies that may help overcome these barriers.

When implementing your dementia initiative, consider how you will promote accessibility for diverse groups, including people living with dementia who are diverse in abilities, geography, ethno-cultural identity, spoken language, and/or sexual and gender identity. You may not be able to specifically engage all these groups, but you should carefully consider how your choices influence accessibility across groups.

Accessibility standards or legislation may exist in your region. At the time of this publication, provincial standards were in place in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The Resources for accessibility below include considerations related to services and products (such as written materials) that are the most likely to be encountered when implementing a dementia initiative.

Resources for accessibility

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