Making Education Accessible (AODA)
The University of Guelph is committed to making its learning, living and work environments accessible and welcoming – places where students, employees, volunteers and visitors are accommodated according to their needs. Our goal is to ensure accessibility in our services, products and facilities. The University is committed to providing goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), the government is moving to a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.
The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, Ont. Reg. 191/11 (“Regulation”), became law on June 3, 2011. It was amended to include the Design of Public Spaces under Ontario Regulation 413/12 in October 2012. It covers accessibility standards in information and communication, employment, transportation and built environment. There is a phased-in approach to compliance, with deadline dates for each standard being based upon organization type and size, primarily ranging between January 1, 2012 and January 1, 2017.
For detailed information about how the University of Guelph is reaching AODA compliance, and beyond, please consult our University of Guelph Accessibility Plans and/or explore our accessibility resources to learn more about how you can contribute to a barrier-free campus.
Resources, Tools, and Tips
These resources, listed below, are designed to help Ontario universities meet their obligations under Section 16 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA): Training to Educators, as well as provide broad support to educators in creating accessible learning environments for our students.