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.
What are my legal obligations?
To help you better understand the requirements applicable to you and your role and your responsibilities at the University of Ottawa, we have created the Policy 119 - Accessibility, the Academic Regulation I-16 - Academic Accommodations and the guideline Understand the Law - Customer Service and Information and Communications (section Training to Educators).
Training and Toolkit
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.
Resources and Support on Campus
Please visit the webpage Teaching and Training to find additional resources and support for you.