Inclusion: Access Ryerson, Beyond the AODA Notes

Presented by Accessibility Advisory Committee Co-Chairs

Started With

  • Annual report with town hall
  • Reactionary

Access Ryerson

  • first step is looking at how to make it more proactive
  • 6 working groups
  • Beyond the AODA, because much of it is as requested

Principles underlying

  • Accessibility and accommodation are distinct. Accommodation is usually one off and work around the current situation. For example, lifting someone in a wheelchair to get into a building versus having a ramp to make the building accessible.
  • Focus on accessibility not disabilities.
  • Accessibility at the start makes it easier for everyone, and no accommodation needed.

Other Considerations

  • Work stations – sit/stand
  • Making events accessible e.g. convocation
  • Better requirements including universal design
  • Need more collaboration, because too many silos
  • Important to think beyond the physical, but also the social interaction.
  • Important people can interact with independence, dignity, equal opportunity, and integration.

Author: Cynthia

Technologist, Librarian, Metadata and Technical Services expert, Educator, Mentor, Web Developer, UXer, Accessibility Advocate, Documentarian

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