Under section 1 of the Code, people with disabilities are protected from discrimination in “services.” This protection includes education services.
Education providers have obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), and its Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. The AODA is an important piece of legislation for improving accessibility in the lives of people with disabilities. It complements the Ontario Human Rights Code, which has primacy over the AODA. The development and implementation of standards under the AODA must have regard for the Code, related human rights principles, and case law. Compliance with the AODA does not necessarily mean compliance with the Code. Education providers must follow both. For example, even where an education provider meets all of its obligations under the AODA, it will still be responsible for making sure that discrimination and harassment based on disability do not take place in its operations, that it responds to individual accommodation requests, etc.
The Council of Ontario Universities provides an Interactive online training and a Tool Kit designed to help Professors create an accessible learning environment for students with disabilities and meet their legal obligations.
File an online Notice of Examination for each course and section, indicating the dates of mid‐term exams, quizzes and other in‐class evaluations.
Provide the Access Service with exam copies: When a student with accommodation needs is registered in a course, you receive an automatic message indicating the deadline for providing the Access Service with copies of your exams and other tests or assignments.
Responding in a way that is appropriate to the indicators and the relationship you have with the student
Referrals to the appropriate services for students
Dr. Mike Condra is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Queen’s University and the Director of the Department of Health, Counseling, and Disability Services. In this video, he describes some of the most common mental health problems at universities, the nature and impact of mental illness, best practices for identifying and responding to mental health challenges, and opportunities to reduce stigma.