The general requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards regulation establish the regulatory standards for accessibility that apply to information and communication, employment, transportation and the design of public spaces.
The requirements apply to the following:
Develop Accessibility Policies
Establish, implement, maintain and document an accessibility plan
Purchase or create accessible goods, services, facilities and self-service kiosks
The accessibility requirements for a multimedia productions depends on the format (audio-only, video-only or audio-video) and the medium (in class, on a giant screen, on YouTube or online for example). The guidelines Understanding the law: Information and communications and Customer services will help you find the accessibility requirements specific to your project. If you have any question, please contact Accessibility at [email protected].
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.
As of 2011, uOttawa transportation services must be equally available to persons with disabilities. If the transportation is not accessible, an equivalent service must be provided to persons with disabilities upon request.
An equivalent transportation service is service that is similar to transportation the University provides or makes available to other users, including similar fares, schedules and routes.
Out of scope
Retrofit or modification of transportation vehicles not accessible to persons with disabilities.
Under the Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment, the University must incorporate accessibility when building new public spaces or redeveloping existing public spaces through planned alterations.
Examples of accessibility elements in the built environment:
Wide sidewalks free of barriers
Both audible and visual cues at pedestrian crosswalks
Gently sloping ramps
Wider parking spaces
Seating-level service counters
Accessible recreational elements such as trails, outdoor eating areas and play spaces
Out of scope
Retrofits of public spaces to meet the requirements of the built environment standards
Incorporating accessibility into building elements, such as building entrances, washrooms and barrier-free paths of travel (addressed in Ontario’s Building Code)