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Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library

1380 Ellis Street

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Access Experts with Lived Experience (AXLE)

Do you wish to cultivate a workplace that is welcoming to employees with disabilities?
Do you aspire to equip your staff with the confidence to serve customers with disabilities?
Do you know if your space is truly accessible, beyond the building code?
Do you have questions about disability that you are reluctant to ask?

Where can organizations turn to engage consumers and candidates with a range of disabilities?

These are questions that organizations face when ensuring that storefronts, websites and business practices are accessible to all. Founded by disability advocates in Kelowna, AXLE is a forum for business leaders seeking to enhance customer experience and workplace diversity.

Introducing AXLE
Access Experts in Lived Experience provides an opportunity for local government, services and businesses to explore their accessibility needs by interacting with our team of disabled volunteers. While there may be standards in place for accessibility, nothing beats asking the experts – the disabled people who live the experience.

"There is a building code, for example" says Michelle Hewitt, a wheelchair user and AXLE co-founder, "but if you don't have a plan for how the accessible features are going to be used, they may not make a difference."

"If you find yourself tiptoeing around the topic of disability, whether the context is hiring or customer service, odds are that you're leaving money on the table" says AXLE Co-founder Derek Wilson.

AXLE launches at 10 AM on Friday, May 25 at 1380 Ellis Street in Kelowna. This is a free event compliments of the Okanagan Regional Library.

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