Ontario university libraries are acutely aware of our responsibilities for provision of service to users with disabilities as outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, S.O. 2005, ch.11 (AODA). Despite the static nature of the legislation itself, the dynamic, collaborative and innovative environment within the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) provides us with opportunities to surpass requirements outlined by the law and to develop innovative solutions for inclusion. The Accessibility Information Toolkit is a perfect illustration of just such an opportunity identified and pursued.
This toolkit is offered to the OCUL community as a useful resource, explaining institutional obligations under the AODA legislation and providing examples of “best practices” in the context of Ontario university libraries. The material in this Toolkit should be considered in the context of each institution and adapted accordingly. Excerpts can be adopted, revised or incorporated into institutional guides, policies or any other supporting documentation.
The Toolkit is divided into three major sections that can be used together or independently:
This Toolkit is not legal advice. It has been created to help you understand the legislation and/or regulation and does not replace the official version of the AODA. If you require assistance in interpreting the legislation or the regulation, please contact your legal adviser. If there is any conflict between this toolkit and the AODA, the AODA is the final authority.
If you have any questions or feedback about the toolkit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.