Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Statement
The Canadian Clinical Practice Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (Canadian TBI Guideline) is committed to championing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility within the Guideline. Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility considerations have become important topics of conversation within the TBI community, with Canada recently starting to examine how this may impact clinical care and research. The Canadian TBI Guideline thus strives to continually improve its recommendations, as:
- we value the inherent worth of every person including age, ancestry, disability, gender expression, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and all our differences
- we commit to recognition of rights, respect, trust, co-operation, and partnership with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous peoples as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- we believe that our differences enrich our ability to develop creative and innovative approaches to deliver exemplary patient care, research, and education.
- we recognize that the responsibility to create an inclusive culture rests with each of us where we are personally responsible to hold ourselves and each other accountable.
Recent updates to the Guideline include:
an increased emphasis on cultural considerations, and respect for and consideration of personal identity factors, such as gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. (A.1.10, F.1.1, J.1.1, K.1.2, K.1.4, Q.1.3, Q.1.4)
- on-going efforts to identify, with symbols (♂, ♀), & evidence-based recommendations that pertain to biological sex differences
- advocacy for patient and caregiver needs, and on-going education/training of clinicians (See E. Caregivers and Families and F. Brain Injury Education and Awareness)
- links to the Neurotrauma Care Pathways Project, that highlight critical equity considerations within an ideal care pathway and implementation priorities at the regional level to elevate the quality of care. The overall goal of the project is to develop and implement an ideal care pathway for concussion, moderate to severe TBI, and traumatic spinal cord injury. This pathway acts as a framework that would in effect be a standard ensuring that people across Ontario receive equitable access to same quality of care.
- an accessibility tool found on the left, bottom corner of every page, that allows for user-friendly navigation of the website (functions include screen reading, as well as contrast, text size, saturation, and spacing adjustment)
To ensure meaningful access and provide effective communication to people with disabilities, the Canadian Clinical Practice Guideline has undertaken the following measures:
The Canadian Clinical Practice Guideline website has incorporated and shall make every reasonable effort to conform to Section 14 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”) 2.0, published by the World Wide Web Consortium (“W3C”), Web Accessibility Initiative (“WAI”), available at https://www.w3.org/WAI/
The Canadian TBI Guideline website is designed to be compatible with major browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. This website may not display optimally in Internet Explorer or older browsers.
The Canadian Clinical Practice Guideline makes available alternative formats and communication supports upon request. Please feel free to contact us to request an alternative format or communication support.
We welcome your feedback on how to improve the accessibility of our website. Please feel free to contact us.
The content provided on this website is accessible and conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (https://www.w3.org/standards/about.html).