Ontario’s universities are leaders in accessibility and are committed to breaking down barriers faced by people with visible and invisible disabilities.
The Council of Ontario Universities (COU), in partnership with its 21 partner universities across the province, has created a resource hub. This hub houses more than a hundred pages of tools and resources that help university students, educators and administrators identify and remove barriers to accessibility, as well as provide support for mental health issues on their campuses. In particular, these resources support universities in meeting their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
AccessibleCampus.ca – the most comprehensive website of its kind in North America – provides resources on everything from how to plan an accessible event, to how to remove barriers in lectures and science labs, and how to spot students struggling with mental health issues.
For several years, COU has also partnered with the Ontario government on a competition that challenges undergraduate university students to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related barriers. The Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition has produced many innovative ideas and continues to encourage our future leaders to think about accessibility.