Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Initiatives at Waterloo
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005 with the goal of making Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. The Act consists of 5 standards: Customer Service, Information and Communications, Design of Public Spaces, Transportation, and Employment.
The University of Waterloo is committed to making our campus communities inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities studying, visiting or working at Waterloo.
Access information on all 5 areas of the AODA standards and see what Waterloo is doing to promote accessibility and ensure equitable access to services and facilities.
If you require assistance or would like more information please contact us by email, phone ext. 35935, or in person at East Campus 1.
The University of Waterloo has a long standing commitment to support the participation and access to university programs, services, and facilities by persons with disabilities. To continue with this commitment and to honor obligations set by the AODA, the University is committed to fostering an accessible campus environment for persons with disabilities, guided by the following principles:
- Dignity: providing service in a way that ensures self-respect and the respect of others by maintaining the Independence and free participation of persons with disabilities.
- Independence: ability to engage with the environment on their own, without unnecessary help or interference from others
- Integration: providing service or goods in a way that allows the person to fully benefit from the same services, in the same place, and in the same or similar ways as other persons
- Equal Opportunity: having the same chances, options, and benefits to achieve the same results as others. In the case of services, it means that the individual has the same opportunity as others to benefit from the services provided, without needing significantly more effort to access or obtain services, nor accept lesser quality.
The University is committed to treating people with Disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their Dignity, and Independence. The University believes in Integration and is committed to meeting the needs of people with Disabilities in a timely manner, by taking steps to identify, eliminate, minimize or prevent Barriers to accessibility. The University recognizes that Barriers include physical, environmental, attitudinal, communication and technological components that may prevent the full participation of and Equal Opportunity for persons with Disabilities in the University community.
Read more about Policy 58 - Accessibility.
External Legislation links
ACCESSON for information on legislation and accessibility standards of Ontario