The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requires the University to identify barriers to access for persons with disabilities and to develop short and long term plans for removing these barriers. Replacing the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, the AODA also legislates the development and implementation of accessibility standards in several areas including, employment, built environment, information & communication, customer service and transportation. The Ministry of Community and Social Services has established a series of standard development committees which will propose a standard for each area. The first of these standards, Customer Service, came into force on January 1, 2008 and other standards are expected to come into force this year. Until all standards are developed and in force, the University is required to continue its efforts in addressing barriers identified in its annual accessibility plans.
For more information about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, please visit the website of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.