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U of T’s Accessibility Report and Plan 2017-2018

In compliance with the AODA, the University of Toronto (U of T) has released its annual accessibility report for 2017-2018. U of T’s accessibility report marks a key change to previous reports. Namely, it includes sections on the school’s future plans. By listing future plans, the school hopes to enhance and support its work towards an accessible campus.

Below, we give a brief overview of the U of T’s accessibility report and its layout.

Outline of the U of T’s Accessibility Report

The report covers six areas of the school’s compliance, such as:

  • Built environment
  • Communications
  • Service delivery
  • Innovation and partnerships
  • Pedagogy
  • Mental health

Each area of the report includes up to three sections. The sections of the report:

  1. Highlight what the key focus of the previous year was
  2. Speak to upcoming plans
  3. Discuss opportunities

To give an idea of the report’s content, we will cover one area in detail below.

Accessible Built Environment

Key focus area

Firstly, U of T recognizes that all buildings and public spaces must be accessible. In respect to that duty, the school reports that it is successful. Additionally, the school continues to look for ways to improve accessibility across campus.

For example, as part of its key focus, the school upgraded the Hart House. The Hart House is a student activity centre, so it is vital that everyone can use it. For instance, upgrades to the building include:

  • Wheelchair accessible doors and water fountains
  • Access at library tables
  • A new ramp

Upcoming projects

Secondly, the report outlines the school’s plans. A future project is the renovation of University College. This college is a historic building that is hard to access. The renovations, which include a new elevator and new ramps, will start in 2018 and will be complete in 2019.

Next steps

Finally, the school has determined its next steps. Namely, U of T will look over its accessibility standards in light of legislative changes. The review will ensure that the school remains compliant.  Also, the school will review best practices.

This area of the report details key news on campus inclusiveness.  Indeed, a major takeaway is that the school has changed historic buildings so that all people can access them. In this way, the school’s progress can be an example to other historic sites as they adapt their built environments.

Conclusion

The yearly report is a required part of a university’s compliance with the AODA. What makes the U of T’s report especially notable is its look to the future. Furthermore, current and future staff and students should browse the report to see the school’s progress and its goals.