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CAs influential in fostering the social participation of the disabled


Note: The editorial team of Inf@CA has agreed to print this article written by Michèle Côté, Training Advisor at the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec.

Chartered accountants are known for their management advisory expertise. An analysis conducted in 2010 by the CICA found that 62% of the Report on Business’ top 1000 companies have at least one CA in the C suite.

CAs hold key strategic positions in organizations as officers, directors and managers, which means they wield considerable influence. As managers, CAs exercise notable influence in managing customer service, information, human resources, real estate and the production of goods and services. This influence within businesses means CAs are major players who can foster the social participation of disabled people.

The Quebec government has repeatedly underscored the necessity to increase the social participation of disabled persons, in particular through the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration, and through the implementation of various programs, policies and measures.

Fostering the social participation of disabled persons is a collective responsibility, because society can draw great benefit from their contribution. Given the role of CAs—in particular as business leaders—and the industries in which they operate, they are in a position to make a significant contribution to achieving this goal.

CAs' areas of influence to reduce barriers faced by disabled persons
Barrier Area of influence Action
Difficulty accessing services
  • Customer service management
  • Production management
  • Make sure the needs of the entire population can be met
  • Encourage the production of goods and services accessible to all
Difficulty accessing information
  • Information management
  • Ensure that disabled persons can access documents, websites and advertising
Difficulty accessing measures and programs
  • Information management
  • Development
  • Inform the public about tax measures for disabled persons, their families and their loved ones*
  • Make sure corporate policies and programs take the disabled into account
Architectural barriers
  • Property management
  • Make premises accessible and safe
Difficulty securing and maintaining employment
  • Human resources management
  • Operational management
  • Favour hiring policies focused on diversity
  • Favour work processes and methods adapted to disabled persons

The Office des personnes handicapées du Québec wants chartered accountants to know about the significant contribution they can make to help reduce barriers to social participation faced by disabled people, and are asking all CAs to consider what they can do in their professional practice to achieve this objective. Let's combine our strengths for a more inclusive society!

* Consult the Guide des mesures fiscales destinées aux personnes handicapées >

Michèle Côté
Training Advisor
Office des personnes handicapées du Québec

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