Accessibility at Waterloo

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Waterloo's commitment

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier free accessibility for persons with disabilities studying, visiting and/or working at Waterloo. Waterloo stands by their Principles of Inclusivity which were created to acknowledge, communicate, and promote an understanding of the complexity and uniqueness of the University of Waterloo’s campus community, presenting the ideals by which campus members should engage one another – with respect, sensitivity, and fairness. View the Principles of Inclusivity on Organizational & Human Development's website.

Employee Accessibility Training to be updated

Accessibility pictureThe University’s employee accessibility training is currently being revised to include updates to both our own accessibility initiatives and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). By law, all University employees are required to take accessibility training and it must be up-to-date.

The new course will be published on December 3, 2019 to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. At this time, all University employees will need to update their training, regardless of when they last completed accessibility training. When we’re all familiar with current accessibility requirements and practices, we are better positioned to fulfill our responsibility of being an inclusive and equitable campus.

Employees and managers will receive additional communications and information on how to access the course once it becomes available. Please contact Joyce Barlow, Workplace Accessibility Specialist, for any questions. 

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (MYAP)

Cover of the Multi-Year Accessibility PlanBuilding upon a commitment to promote equitable opportunities for all individuals, the MYAP has been created to enhance, formalize and make public many of our current and proposed accessibility practices. This on-going initiative guides the strategies and actions to meet Waterloo’s obligation for creating an accessible environment under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and within Policy 58: Accessibility. View the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan website or download the MYAP 2018-2022 (PDF).

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