George Brown College recognizes the value in creating an inclusive environment for everyone. The basic formula for accessibility is rapidly evolving. It is no longer simply a matter of creating access for persons with disabilities, but rather promoting accessibility in organizations contribute to creating an inclusive organization for everyone.
George Brown College understands that creating an inclusive organization is about welcoming multiple voices to contribute to new ideas and encourage out-of-the-box thinking. We are about employing the best talent and graduating the best talent, and therefore, are committed to working towards equal access and equal opportunity for everyone; employees, students and community members. To this regard, the college was the first college in the Province of Ontario to make several college-wide commitments that contribute to creating inclusion for everyone. One of which, was the creation of an AODA position (AODA Coordinator), to ensure the college meets it obligations under the requirements of the AODA standards.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA, 2005), became law on June 13, 2005, provided the province with a mandate to develop, implement and enforce sets of accessibility standards. The AODA (2005) applies to both the public and private sector organizations with one or more employees in Ontario that provide goods, services, facilities. Compliance timelines vary depending on the type and size of organization. The accessibility standards are:
- Accessibility Standard for Customer Service
- Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, which include:
- Additional General Requirements
- Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications
- Accessibility Standard for Employment
- Accessibility Standard for Transportation
- Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment
George Brown College has two committees, the AODA Committee and the AODA Advisory Committee.
George Brown College AODA Committee: Is comprised of senior leaders representing all areas of the college who champion and are accountable for the successful implementation of the accessibility initiatives as they relate to the AODA Accessibility Standards, and the AODA Advisor who is accountable for the development and execution of an accessibility strategy and providing leadership and expertise.
George Brown College AODA Advisory Committee: Is comprised of students, employees, community members and key stakeholders across the college. At least 50% of membership representation on this committee must be persons with disabilities. The committee is responsible for providing input and consultation to the AODA Committee on the identification and removal of barriers, as they relate to goods, services and facilities.
The Committees are responsible for reviewing the annual status report which addresses the outcomes of the deliverables and activities as stated in the College’s AODA Multi-Year Plan.
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