Accessibility Initiatives

Accessibility Information Toolkit

This toolkit is offered to the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) community as a useful resource, explaining our institutional obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), providing examples of best practices in the context of Ontario university libraries. The material in this toolkit should be considered in the context of your institution and adapted accordingly. Excerpts can be adopted, revised or incorporated into institutional guides, policies or any other supporting documentation.

Visit the Accessibility Toolkit website

Report on Accessible Media (ROAM)

ROAM, or the Report on Accessible Media is a research study on accessible media delivery at Ontario universities. Commissioned by OCUL, the study identifies a range of service options available to Ontario’s university libraries to ensure fair and equitable access to video collections held at university libraries across the province.
ROAM aims to:

  • provide a detailed analysis of potential costs and benefits of a variety of approaches to video captioning and delivery of accessible media educational materials
  • provide clarity on sharing video captioning under Canadian law
  • assist Ontario Universities in becoming AODA compliant and serving students and faculty most effectively

The final report includes:

  • an environmental scan including current practices, legal framework and future trends
  • technology workflows and methodologies
  • questions and some answers for libraries about accessible media provision
  • options for libraries to provide accessible collections
  • a directory of commercial and crowd-sourced services specializing in accessible media production
  • best practices and suggested resource

Download the report