What is the AODA?
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is provincial legislation that was passed in 2005 with the goal of removing barriers for people with disabilities by 2025. This legislation is being phased in and has specific deadlines for implementation that the College must met in order to ensure compliance.
What must the College do to comply?
As a large public organization, Algonquin College must:
- Allow the use of assistive devices by persons with disabilities and ensure staff that interact with these devices are trained appropriately.
- Communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
- Allow service animals into parts of the College that are open to the public.
- Allow people with disabilities to be accompanied by a support person.
- Give public notice when something is not accessible.
- Invite people to give feedback regarding accessibility policies and accommodations
- Document accessibility policies, and let the public know where they can access these documents
- Make sure accessibility policies are available in an accessible format.
- Report accessibility progress online to the Ministry annually.
- Provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication support for persons with disabilities upon request.
- Consult with the person making the request in determining the most appropriate format or communication support.
- Notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication support.
- Make all educational and training resources and materials accessible.
In addition to the above, the College must ensure that the College website and web content conform with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, initially at Level A and increasing to Level AA.
The AODA requires training in specific areas of the legislation at various times. To date, the College has launched 3 online training modules.
In 2010, the College released the Accessible Services for College – Customer Service Standards. This 30 minute online training module must be completed by all Ontario based College employees who provide services to the public. http://www.algonquincollege.com/asc/
In 2013, the College released the 2nd online training module. This module – Accessibility Awareness Module for Algonquin College Faculty and Course Developers needs to be completed by all full time and part-time Ontario based faculty and curriculum developers. Log into the training module at: http://lyceum.algonquincollege.com/training/
The 3rd training module Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) Training and Training on the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) was released in 2014 and must be completed by all Ontario based employees. Log into this module at: http://lyceum.algonquincollege.com/training/
Employment Standards Videos
Produced by the Human Resources Professionals Association as part of an EnAbling Change partnership with the Government of Ontario, each of the six short videos in the Harold Jeepers’ Collection deals with one of the requirements of the Employment Standard, which is part of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. These humors videos are designed to help employers understand their obligations under the AODA Employment Standards. For further information regarding these requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org.