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New Policy 58 deals with Accessibility

Thursday, March 29, 2018

All organizations in Ontario employing at least one employee are required to comply with a series of requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) standards and regulations.  In order to achieve compliance with the requirements, every organization is required to develop, implement and maintain policies governing how the organization will achieve accessibility. 

After consultations with and endorsements from the Accessibility Committee, Executive Council, Faculty Relations Committee, Graduate Student Relations Committee, Staff Relations Committee and Undergraduate Student Relations Committee, on December 21, 2017, President Feridun Hamdullahpur approved the new Policy 58 – Accessibility.

Policy 58 applies to all University employees, students, visitors, volunteers, applicants, clients and to those who provide goods, services and/or facilities on behalf of the University and sets out the University’s commitment to fostering an environment that treats persons with Disabilities (as defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code) with respect, with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity in mind. 

Any questions regarding the new Policy 58 can be addressed to Joyce Barlow, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) Specialist (joyce.barlow@uwaterloo.ca, ext. 30520).

Read the full article on the Daily Bulletin.

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