Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
(AODA) (2005)
Gather information about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
(AODA) (2005). Offer a brief summary of what you believe are the goals of the
AODA Act (2005). Offer a review of what you believe are the most significant
barriers that organizations will be faced with when attempting to implement
measures to meet the requirement of the AODA Act (2005). Also offer a review of
what you believe will be some of the benefits for organizations in Ontario who are
able to meet the requirements of the AODA Act (2005). The purpose of this
assignment is to develop your critical analysis skills. You will learn to evaluate
the extent to which the measures to create an equitable workplace are suitable to
the business environment and whether this will be a benefit to Ontario society.
Think of the assignment, as practice for the potential occasion when your future
boss asks you whether meeting legal requirements related to Human Resources
Management are effective and how it will benefit the organization.

When making reference to any other sources to support your arguments, please
be sure to use only peer review articles for this assignment. You may use your
textbook as an academic source as it will introduce you to many theories that will
help you to support your position. Below is a list of academic journals that could
be used to find empirical research that can support your position. I strongly
recommend that you do not stray from this list of sources.
• The Academy of Management Journal
• The Academy of Management Executive
• Human Resource Development Quarterly
• Journal of Organizational Behavior
• Journal of Applied Psychology
• Human Resource Management
• Journal of Business and Psychology Hint: Proquest and PsycInfo are good search engines to use when looking for
academic articles on the topics mentioned in the news article. However, if when
using a search engine, you find an article that seems perfect and you want to see
whether the source qualifies as academic, you can check to see whether it is
peer reviewed by clicking on the peer reviewed tab at the top of the screen.

If you have any problems conducting your search, please consult the Bladen
Library staff for assistance in conducting searches.

The assignment should be a maximum of three pages. I recommend that you
divide the paper into sections, so that the first part of the assignment summarizes
what you believe the AODA Act (2005) is trying to accomplish and the next
describes the barriers and benefits to Ontario-based organizations.

The format of your assignment should follow the specifications below:
1. Three pages not including reference list
2. Typed or word processed, single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11″ white paper,
3. Text at 12 pt. font (Times New Roman); all margins set at 1″.
4. Reference list indicating the source of the news article and the source of
the two academic articles used to evaluate the validity of the information in
the news story. The correct format for an APA style reference list is to
simply list all sources in alphabetical order by author, or if there is no
author, by the title or source of the article.
5. Your name, ID # and lecture number appear on the top right corner of the
6. No folders or report covers please. Staple the news article to your paper.
Web Evaluation

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Choose a website that has to do with your topic and evaluate it based on the criteria discussed in the module “Searching the Web – Deconstruction”. Pay particular attention to the sections titled “How to Evaluate Sources: 6 Questions”.
• Make sure you are evaluating a website and not a scholarly journal article that is posted online. If you are not familiar with scholarly articles, they usually have sections titled: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, and Discussion. We will discuss those later. For now, please evaluate a website. If you are in doubt, please contact me.
• When you upload your document to Dropbox, please name the file like this: LastName_WebEvaluation.doc (Ex.: Breitbach_WebEvaluation.doc).
• Do not just give me yes or no answers. Explain how your website does or does not meet the criteria. If your website does not meet a lot of the criteria, you should choose another website. The modules on Searching the Web should lead you to select a website that meets most, if not all, of the criteria.

Website url: ____________________________________________________________________


Author or Publisher’s Name:



AUTHORITY Tell me about the author, including information about his/her education and experience. (Look for links or tabs that say “About Us” – sometimes at the bottom of the page. You may need to look at other sources to see what you can uncover about the author.)
This refers to the author or publisher of the information. Sources that have authority are those written by experts. Their expertise gives them credibility and the information is therefore more trustworthy. What makes this author an expert on this topic?
Have others linked to this page, and if so, who are they (use the search term “link: http://…” and Google shows you every link to a specified page)?

This gives you clues as to the reason the information exists. Explore who the publisher or sponsoring organization is, the mission of the organization and possible purpose for publishing the information. Is the purpose of the information to inform, teach, sell, entertain or explain?
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? If so, what? URL Examples: .com .gov .edu .org .net
This has to do with the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the information.

Look at the way the information is presented in the source. Describe whether you believe the information gives a balanced view of the topic or is a particular point of view advocated? If a particular point of view (bias) is advocated, describe it.

Is the information supported by evidence? (Does it refer to research studies, give a list of references, or link to others’ work?)



Has the information been edited or reviewed by experts? Has it gone through the process of “Peer Review”? (We will go over Peer Review later in the course. Google the phrase if you are not familiar with the process.)


Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?


This refers to the timeliness of the information, how long ago it was published, and if the information is the most accurate information available.

How current is this source? Look at the copyright date or the date the site was last updated. (Note that some websites are programmed to always list the current date as the date it was last updated. If it is dated with the current date, beware that it might not actually have been updated on this date.)

If the information seems out of date, how can you tell? Have you found more current information elsewhere? If so, how does the information in this source compare to a more current source?
Explain why you think or don’t think the source is sufficiently current for your research topic:



QUALITY This refers to how this source of information compares with other sources. Some sources provide general information and others provide depth. Compare the source being evaluated with other sources used in your research. Does the source being evaluated complement or conflict with other sources?
Does the source provide a general overview of the topic, or does it provide detail and depth on a particular focus area within the topic?
This refers to the website’s references, research it refers to, etc.
Does the website have a list of references?

What types of sources are they – other websites, scholarly articles, popular magazines?


Is this the best resource you could find?



Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you’ll use? Is this the best resource you could find?



List two sources that you chose not to use a