Summary of Accessibility Policies
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is an important piece of legislation that requires the University to develop – and enforce – accessibility standards. This accessibility document outlines University policies that support our regulated areas under the AODA:
As an educational institution, it is vitally important that we provide high-quality, accessible services to our constituents. The customer service standards under the AODA apply to all Ontario organizations (public, private and non-profit) that provide goods or services directly to the public or to other groups. The University has been required to comply with these standards since January 1, 2010.
This is the policy that supports accessible customer service at the University:
Everyone has the right to access public information, goods and services. People who use alternate methods of communication, either with human support or technology, may experience communication barriers. The University is proactively removing barriers to ensure information and communication in the University is accessible to all employees and clients.
These are the policies that support accessible information and communications at the University:
Advances in technology create new opportunities and challenges. The University continues to focus on the development, implementation and updating of accessible information technology policies and standards, including standards for website accessibility and alternate formats.
The University of Guelph is committed to ensuring that our website is accessible for all users, regardless of any disability they may have or the technology they use. Official University of Guelph websites must conform with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Under Section 14 of the IASR, all University of Guelph internet websites and web content are expected to conform with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), initially at Level A by January 1, 2014 and increasing to Level AA by January 1, 2021. This standard applies to all websites and web content created or edited after January 1, 2012.
The University has developed a Web Template to assist campus web designers and developers in meeting our AODA requirements.
Policies and procedures which pertain to human resources are intended to build an inclusive and accessible work environment free from discrimination and harassment. Likewise, all people are entitled to a workplace that is accessible and enables them to participate fully. University policies are designed to keep the recruitment, retention and development of talent equitable and barrier-free.
We uphold the rights of all employees to be treated with dignity, respect and equality. Every employee is expected to contribute to creating and sustaining such a workplace.
These policies shape our approach to creating a modern, inclusive and responsive organization:
As an educational institution, the University has a visible presence in the business world. We have a responsibility to shape equitable procurement practices, and conduct barrier-free business.
These are the policies that support accessible procurement at the University:
Phone: Diversity and Human Rights: 519-824-4120 ext. 53000
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Mail: Diversity and Human Rights, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
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