Access-Ability Resource Committee (AARC)
The Access-Ability Resource Committee (AARC) provides leadership, resources, and support to the BBBSEM community to address access barriers and create a culture of awareness and celebration of all abilities. AARC collaborates with agency stakeholders and other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) teams to achieve agency values of Innovation, Representation, & Inclusion.
The vision of AARC is to strengthen, empower, and educate our staff, volunteers, and families. Through the use of collaborative advocacy and inclusive practices from a disability justice perspective, our goal is to create an accessible community. As an agency, our priority is serving current and future matches with an informed, empathetic, and equitable approach. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating guidelines when it comes to accessibility. AARC will tailor recommendations in partnership with agency leadership to meet the needs of specific departments. By doing so, we will contribute to the BBBSEM vision of healthier families, better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities.
Awareness and Celebration
- Creation of a programming calendar in collaboration with additional DEI committees
- Celebration of Disability Awareness Month (October 2020) and other relevant dates of cultural significance
- Quarterly Lunch & Learns
- Monthly resource blast
Policies and Practices
- Conduct a “Disability Inclusion Assessment” to target priorities for policy review
- Implement a system for feedback from families and volunteers, staff, and partners
- Capture demographic data
- Utilize Salesforce processes to capture current demographics
- Utilize intake process to capture potential match demographics
- Target outputs of the Programs team
- Create and proliferate an Accessible Match Activities Guide
- Begin creation of an Accessibility Language Guide to be distributed to volunteers and staff
- Update all external facing documents and resources to be screen-reader friendly, accessibly formatted, etc
I’m honored to work with this team in building a more equitable agency for our staff, volunteers, youth, and families of all abilities. Disability is an often overlooked aspect of identity, so I’m thrilled to witness the growth of BBBSEM as we become leaders when it comes to accessibility!
I am excited to partner with the other members of our newly formed committee to focus our efforts on creating and maintaining inclusive and accessible spaces for Littles, volunteers, and families with disabilities. All children deserve the opportunity to participate in our program to the fullest extent and that is our goal!
As someone who creates events that externally present our mission to the public, I want to make sure they are representing our internal values and priorities. I am thrilled to work to incorporate all we learn in AARC in an effort to make all our events as accessible for all abilities as we can!
I am excited to be a part of AARC to work to expand accessibility for the families and youth we serve. I feel passionately about growing our resources and providing new opportunity to readily support our communities to ensure that we are creating an inclusive and welcoming program for all families and volunteers.
My name is Irene and I have been a member of the Program Services team for 2.5 years. I joined AARC because I am passionate about accessibility and social justice. I hope that by being a part of this committee I can help contribute to making program participants and my co-workers feel fully recognized and considered in day to day happenings