Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Office
What is the AODA?
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a law passed by the Ontario Government with the goal of developing a fully accessible province for persons with disabilities by 2025. The law takes a proactive approach with respect to accessibility by developing and implementing accessibility standards.
The first standard to become law was the Customer Service Standard and the University was required to comply with this standard by January 1, 2010.
The Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation (IASR) was released in summer of 2011 and it includes three standards: Information and Communications Standard, Employment Standard and the Transportation Standard. They are all in various stages of development and the requirements are being phased in between 2011 and 2025.
The five accessibility standards under the AODA include:
- Customer Service Standard
- Information and Communications Standard
- Employment Standard
- Transportation Standard
- Built Environment Standard
How Does it Relate to You?
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) applies to both public and private sector organizations and at the University of Toronto we all have a shared responsibility with respect to creating an accessible community.
Accessibility is everyone's responsibility and not just the offices that specialize in this area. We all have a goal to create a community that is inclusive of all persons and treats all members of the community in a fair and equitable manner.
You have a role in creating accessibility within the University environment. Learn how to build upon the University's commitment to engage in environments that are inclusive and diverse.