Prospective Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
Queen's University recognizes that its people are a valuable asset. It can be stressful for any new faculty or staff members joining the Queen's community and more so for persons with disabilities. Below are some resources to assist eliminating barriers to your academic career and assist the University meet the Employment Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
If you are planning to visit or tour the Queen's campus please see the for Visitors section.
Accessibility at Queen's
Our Across Campus section has more information regarding accessibility resources, services, policies, standards, and guidelines on the Queen's campus.
The University, Queen's Human Resources, and the Equity Office have information and resources for persons with disabilities joining the Queen's community. More information is available in the Supports and Services section.
- Finding Housing in Kingston, from the Faculty Recruitment and Support Program, supplies information for short-term housing, renting, or buying a house.
- The Independent Living Center Kingston is Kingston's disability resource center. The organization provides information on community services, wheelchair accessible housing, accessible travel, attendant services, and information on government programs for people with disabilities.
- Metered accessible parking spaces are available on many streets in and around Queen’s. For example, there are accessible parking spaces on Alfred and Union Streets outside Stauffer Library, on Union Street close to Division Street, and several in the Queen’s/KGH underground parking lot on Stuart Street. Queen’s departments such as the Disability Services Office and the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) also have accessible parking available but please contact their offices to arrange.
- Parking permits are available through the Parking Department of Physical Plant Services (PPS). For faculty or staff, Queen’s parking can also arrange for a designated accessible parking space for permit holders.
- Faculty, staff and students who have an Ontario Accessible Parking Permit issued by the Ministry of Transportation may be issued a parking permit regardless of their zone of residence. Students requiring parking and do not have an Ontario Accessible Parking Permit must have their application endorsed by the Disability Services Office at Health, Counselling, and Disability Services.
- The City of Kingston provides municipal parking throughout the city. A map of accessible parking spaces (PDF 430 KB) is available.
- Kingston Transit: All routes are served by accessible buses (PDF 881 KB) which are low-floor with kneeling capability. Although accessible bus stop infrastructure is not currently a requirement in the AODA Transportation Standard, the City of Kingston is working to improve the accessibility of all bus stops, shelters and integrated seating.
- Kingston Access Bus offers specialized, non-emergency medical and community transportation.
- Accessible Taxis: As of December 20, 2013, Modern Taxi welcomes the first “on-demand accessible taxi” to their fleet. Call (613) 546-2222 to book. The City is working with the Taxi Commission to bring more accessible taxis to the City of Kingston. See this Dec. 18, 2012 Information Report to Council for details.
Health and Wellness
Queen's Healthy U: your source for health information and tools, employee Wellness Program details, registration, participation and much, much more.
Queen's University Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC): Accessible Workout areas - The ARC offers several areas with accessibility in mind. Each of our weight & cardio zones is available via elevator and our pool is accessible with both a ramp and lifts. The ARC also offers a number pieces of weight & cardio equipment which are specifically designed with accessibility in mind.
Revved Up: A twice weekly exercise program for people with a mobility impairment. Increases quality of life to foster healthy and successful ageing, creates awareness in next generation of health professionals, and creates an infrastructure that be sustained by the community. Workout sessions take place through the week in the Queen's University Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) or at the gym in St. Mary's Hospital.
Mental Health Initiatives, Programs and Services: Queen's currently has a broad range of initiatives designed to help students, faculty and staff support those experiencing mental health problems. The following is just a sample of the resources available.
- Access Kingston Guide: a publication of Independent Living Centre Kingston. It is a reference for people with disabilities in, and visiting Kingston. It is intended to provide information that will assist you in deciding whether or not a facility or service meets your individual accessibility requirements. It is suggested that individuals use the contact information for each listing to ensure specific needs can be met. Information for restaurants, hotels/motels, entertainment venues, museums, medical supply and more!
- City of Kingston Accessibility