The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is proactive legislation that calls for Standards in Accessibility intended to make Ontario accessible by the year 2025. Under this legislation the following Standards were developed:
- Accessible Customer Service
- Accessible Information and Communication
- Accessibility in Employment
- Accessible Transportation
- Accessible Built Environment
OPSBA and the other school board associations – Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO), Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC) and Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association (OCSTA) – recognized the importance of representing the school board sector when the government developed standards for implementing the AODA. Through OPSBA, OESC was represented on all of the committees charged with developing the standards listed above.
In 2011, Accessible Information and Communication, Employment, Transportation and Customer Services Standards were incorporated in an Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), which took effect in 2011. In December 2012, the IASR was expanded to include accessibility standards for the Design of Public Spaces. These standards were previously included in the Accessible Built Environment Standards.
To assist school boards and school authorities with implementing the various regulatory requirements under the AODA, OPSBA has partnered with the other school board associations, as well as the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and the Ontario Student Trustees' Association (OSTA-AECO), to develop the video resources and training modules indicated below. OPSBA also collaborated with an Accessibility Working Group of school boards in southwestern Ontario to develop sample policies and procedures.
By Any Measure – a video showcasing successful student and
staff-led initiatives that are making accessibility integral to school culture
in Ontario. This video is being used across the province to promote
accessibility awareness and inspire students to take part in Ontario’s
commitment to being fully accessible by 2025.
"How May I Help You?" – a training module to support school boards and authorities comply with certain aspects of the IASR.
The TeachAble Project – a comprehensive
website, enlivened with videos featuring staff and students from many Ontario
schools, designed to support boards with incorporating concepts of
accessibility in the learning and teaching environment.
Accessible Schools: Leading The Way – an implementation Resource Guide
Accessible Ontario: The Year Ahead for School Boards – a webinar for Directors of Education, October 23, 2012
Submissions to the Minister of Community and Social Services