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U of O Must Adhere to Ontario Accessibility Law by January 1, 2013

January 19, 2012

A presentation was made today by U of O Senior Policy Advisor on Accessibility, Yolaine Ruel, to the Senate  Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation.

Ms. Ruel explained that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 mandates the university to improve accessibility on campus, including providing training for professors about accessibility issues.

Mental health being an accessibility concern, Ms. Ruel informed the committee that a professor who deliberately increases the level of stress in the classroom would be acting against the law, and that the prof would be held responsible.  Furthermore, it would be against the law for students to be taught in such a way that stress levels go up.  Professors will receive training in this regard in accordance with Article 16 of the Act.

Students might want to invite Ms. Ruel to make a presentation to their classes and professors before their stress levels increase leading up to their next mid-term or final exam?

The University must meet the requirements set out in the Act by January 1, 2013.

A powerpoint presentation file by Ms. Ruel that was distributed to committee members prior to the meeting is available here.

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