About Accessibility Experts
Find out about us, our memberships, who our clients are and speaking engagements below.
Meet the Trainers
Accessibility is our ONLY business and we are passionate about it! We go beyond the mechanics of accessibility; we dig deeper to acknowledge existing perceptions around disabilities. Through interactive workshops, we teach organizations to take a more sensitive and inclusive approach to understanding the unique needs of all customers – regardless of their disability.
We are subject matter experts on all aspects of disabilities and have extensive experience in developing policy, procedures, training and quality programs.
Edie Forsyth is co-founder of Accessibility Experts Ltd – the leading authority on the sweeping changes that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is legislating the way we conduct business and provide service in this province.
In her previous role as Executive Director of Durham Region Employment Network (DREN), a network of 78 agencies, Edie had insight into the many barriers persons with disabilities face in searching for employment. She led strategic planning and development, proposal writing, documentation, reporting, and policy development; and brings this skill set and experience to Accessibility Experts.
Working in partnership with Whitby Mental Health, Epilepsy Durham, Durham Deaf Services, Canadian Hearing Society, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Canadian Mental Health Durham, Community Living, Head Injury Association of Durham, Learning Disabilities Association, Ontario March of Dimes and Ontario Disability Support Program, Edie has gained a keen understanding of the needs of persons with disabilities and understands first-hand, their right to be treated with respect and dignity .
Her background knowledge of the legislation enacted in the Accessibility for Ontarians Act was greatly enhanced in her role as Chair of the Scugog Accessibility Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the Regional Municipality of Durham Region and member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee for University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College. She is working as an Accessibility Consultant for the 2015 Pan Am and Paralympics for the Aquatic Centre, Caledon Equestrian Centre, Athletes Village, York University Stadium and Velodrome Centre.
Through her interaction with various agencies and business groups, Edie continually heard concern and confusion regarding the laws being put in place under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). She realized that her extensive experience positioned her well to bring support and clarity to organizations struggling to understand and comply with the new requirements introduced through this legislation. She continually trains across the province with enthusiasm and passion. She was also a trainer for Elections Ontario staff, teaching “How to Conduct An Accessibility Audit” so that for the first time ever, all Ontario Election Sites were accessible. She is working with Tim Hortons and Sobeys and also as an Accessibility Consultant for the Pan Am Olympics. It takes more than one person to make Ontario Accessible. It takes everyone. Together we can make Ontario accessible!
Cyndie is and always has been passionate about people with disabilities. Trained as a nurse and working in the Health Care Field she has always understood the needs of people with disabilities. After losing her sight and becoming legally blind, Cyndie gained a whole new perspective on barriers as they related to accessibility. With the assistance of her Guide Dog she has gained some of her independence, but she still continues to face barriers.
She became a voice for people with disabilities through her work as Chair and member of the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee and Durham Regional Co-Chairs Committee. With her legislative knowledge and advocacy as a person with a disability she joined the team of Accessibility Experts Ltd.
Cyndie shares her many first hand stories as a trainer and consultant for Accessibility Experts Ltd., with humour, passion and sincerity. Cyndie has become instrumental in auditing materials and websites for accessibility. She also showcases her screen reader as part of the training so that organizations have a better understanding of why it is important to make documents accessible. Cyndie is, and has made a difference. You will be inspired by her enthusiasm and advocacy to make Ontario accessible for everyone!
Below is a list of our current and previous memberships.
We are currently members of the following four (4) organizations:
- Durham College Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Scugog Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Regional Municipality of Durham Accessibility Advisory Committee Chairs
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology Accessibility Advisory Committee
Our previous members of the following five (5) organizations:
- Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade
- Clarington Board of Trade
- Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
- Scugog Chamber of Commerce
- Whitby Chamber of Commerce
Organizations request us to speak at their events such as conferences, meetings and company events. The following link is a list of the Speaking Engagements. Once the link is selected, it will take you to that page, to return to the About Accessibility Experts page, select your back button.
Listed below are 6 links to our list of clients who are working towards an Accessible Ontario. Our clients are grouped in 6 categories; corporations, hospitals and health care centres, municipal, non-profit organizations, private sector, and school boards and education facilities. Once a link is selected, it will take you to that page, to return to this page, select your back button.
- Hospitals and Health Care Centres
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Private Sector
- School Boards and Educational Facilities