Steven Hanssen
August 22, 1990 (age 30)
Kanata, ON, Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada(home town)

Known for:
Beekeeping and telling jokes.
Carleton University, Bachelor of Commerce, Concentration in Accounting

Steven Hanssen

I am a young proffesional working on my Chartered Proffesional Accounting CPA designation. I grew up in a large family of six kids (all over 6 feet tall). I was also diagnosed with high functioning autism. I enjoy beekeeping and telling stories. People often say that I dream in technicolour. That's a older expression for "very creative".

The historical perspective of accessibility in Canada from a personal narrative

Writing an article on accessibility and disability related legislation is different. It is much more like writing a high school essay or a technical road map of what is out there. What was missing at first was the lack of personal narratives on the subject.


So thinking it over, I decided to share my stories as I have witnessed accessibility legislation in my environment. This means citizen of (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). In order to understand legislation, I must discuss with my readers the concept of jurisdiction. There are many laws that fall under different jurisdictions (Municipal, Provincial, Country). You need to understand that combination in order to understand the applicable legislation.


Think of this, Ottawa is Municipal, Ontario is my provincial jurisdiction, and Canada is Federal jurisdiction. Ottawa has a special status because it is the center of Canada's central government (federal jurisdiction). In contrast, in the United States residents in capital of their central government reside in a special District created for housing their central government. This means that people working and living in the capital do not have the similar equivalent of a provincial identity.


This means that living in Ottawa, I have had the opportunity of working under Federal legislation for Public Servants with Disabilities but living with a Provincial jurisdiction.


I will be speaking about the following observations of Accessibility legislation along with a control example of non-governmental accessibility initiative. 


1. Accessibility for Ontarions with Disabilities Act


In several work placements in the professional field and many volunteer experiences. 


Since the 2000's there is now a requirement for any staff or volunteer for an event that deals with the public to have training on accessibility for their clients.


I did not receive this type of training when I was a youth in volunteer or part time work positions. 


This represents a very major change in general education for the society of Ontario. In the past, people just didn't have the knowledge that is now the minimum standard for many employees and volunteers. 



2.  Paracor Canada 


In university at Carleton, I witnessed one of my friends build the Paracor Intiative as a means to advance accessibility for people with disabilities. It was not mandated by any legislation. It simply grew up into what it is today, through hard work. 


I am not authorized to share any personal narratives, but I can share a link to Paracor's historical development. The way back machine makes an archive of webpages. On it you can see the evolution of the Paracor Initiative's website.*/



3. Nova Scotia's Accessibility Act 


Nova Scotia is the third province to have passed legislation to help people with disabilities. Manitoba was second after Ontario. My personal narrative with Nova Scotia's introduction of their legislation is associated with the start up of The Access Ability Program in Ontario. 


Then there was the strategic excitement of finding Nova Scotia a ripe new market with their new legislation being passed this year (2017). 


This was followed by the heart warming knowledge that a unique, The Access Ability Program, exists in Nova Scotia to help fund accessibility projects. Meanwhile, The Access Ability Program in Ontario is a registered sole proprietorship. 


But lastly there was an insightful moment in the business when I was talking with a business owner in Manitoba. I explained that there are disabled persons who would like to buy sports equipment or fishing equipment. 


That was when the really good cause became a very viable business market 

Virtual Reality and Disabilities

Can you imagine what it is like to see yourself from someone else's perspective. Like being a mirror looking back at yourself.

Virtual reality (VR) can enable you to share the human experience from their eye's, not yours. Everyone in your social network can share the moment through virtual simulations.

So when you find yourself in a period of tough times working out human troubles. Try recording and sharing experiences virtually. 

It continues with the ability to transcend locations and physical experiences. The only things that change are the maps and you. 

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A simple way to break a bad habit

It explains how to use mindfulness to break addiction

  1. notice the craving
  2. become curious of the feeling
  3. enjoy letting the experience go

University and Symptoms of Attention Deficit

Dear Readers, University was the hardest of places because of my symptoms of attention deficit. One item in particular, is the hyperactive attention deficit.

This translates into continually identifying new and interesting sources of upwards variation within university opportunities. However, it limited the depth of any particular venture.

I compensated for this, by pursuing studies and knowledge in depth. I had a golden rule, demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt an advanced knowledge of the course.

This would mean having a complex conversation or two with a professor that marked out a unique space for my own thoughts on an issue.

The existence of enough "advanced conversation", resulted in the training needed to ace written questions.

If there was enough time left during an exam, drawing out a fictional example is a really good idea because it is fun for the marker to read.