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Make your voice heard: Accessibility in education

The Government of Ontario is inviting members of the Laurier community — students, staff and faculty — to share their ideas about how the province can identify proposed areas of focus for a new accessibility standard for education under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

An online survey is available in English or French and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Participation in this survey is voluntary and respondents are not required to respond to all questions in the survey. The survey will be available until July 14, 2017.

The survey is being conducted by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to inform the creation of a new accessible education standard under the Accessibility of Ontarians Disability Act and has been approved by the Office of Research Services under the file #2017-26 per University Policy 8.2.

The information you share will be provided to a Standards Development Committee responsible for making recommendations to the Government of Ontario. Responses will remain anonymous. Laurier is not able to restrict access to, or use data by SurveyMonkey. The privacy and confidentiality of information submitted through SurveyMonkey cannot be guaranteed.

The Government of Ontario has committed to identifying and addressing accessibility barriers in the education sector and to the development of a new accessibility standard for education.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and accessibility standards provide a roadmap to an accessible Ontario, where people of all abilities can work, play and participate in all aspects of daily living. The purpose of a new accessibility standard for education would be to address barriers to accessibility in the delivery of education.

Under the Act and accessibility standards, organizations across Ontario have flexibility to provide accessible services in a way that meets the needs of people with disabilities and is appropriate to the organization’s unique circumstances.

Accessibility standards play an important role in setting a consistent baseline of accessibility throughout the province, raising awareness, and providing guidance to obligated organizations on identifying and removing barriers to accessibility.

Feedback from the Laurier community, as well as other post-secondary institutions, will help determine the scope of the standard and the mandate of a Standards Development Committee working on new accessibility standards for education in Ontario.

Additional Information

If you have questions, or if you require this survey in an alternative format due to a disability, please contact the following:

Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre

Ministry of Education

  • by email at aoda.input@ontario.ca
  • toll-free at 416-325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514
  • TTY at 416-325-3408 or 1-800-268-7095

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

  • by email at aoda.input@ontario.ca
  • toll-free at 416-325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514
  • TTY at 416-325-3408 or 1-800-268-7095

Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

  • by email at aoda.input@ontario.ca
  • toll-free at 416-325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514
  • TTY at 416-325-3408 or 1-800-268-7095
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