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Accessibility Across the Queen's Campus

Queen’s University is committed to making its learning, living and work environments accessible and inclusive in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. Advancing accessibility and ensuring compliance with the AODA is a responsibility shared by all members of the Queen’s community.

Dr. Alan Harrison
Provost and VP (Academic)

wheelchair ramp outside of Ellis Hall providing access to main doorQueen’s University is committed to building a campus community that is inclusive for all individuals, and ensuring that its services, supports and spaces are accessible for persons with disabilities.

We are a community that works together to create an environment where everyone has a full and enriching Queen’s experience.

Successful learning, living, and employment outcomes are the result of a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, staff, faculty, and senior administrators towards removing and preventing barriers to participation.

Please use the navigation to the left for more information on what is happening at Queen's to improve accessibility and many more services and supports for the Queen's community and the City of Kingston.

Get Involved! Help us build an accessible and inclusive community at Queen's

We all have a role to play. Successful learning, living, and employment outcomes are the result of shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, staff, faculty, and senior administrators towards removing and preventing barriers to participation.

What does Accessibility mean to you?

  • Accessibility means:

    every student, staff and faculty member feels welcomed and supported on the Queen’s campus, and that it is a truly inclusive community where we all have equal access to what we need to learn, discover, think and do our very best work.

    Daniel Woolf
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor

  • Accessibility means:

    A place where accessibility is part of daily life, in policy, practice, and spirit.

    Audrey Kobayashi, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
    Professor and Queen’s Research Chair
    Department of Geography, Queen’s University

  • An accessible workplace allows us:

    to properly recruit and retain a diverse workforce to ensure we continue to grow and succeed in a competitive environment.

    Sydney Downey
    Specialist, Return to Work & Accommodation Services, Employee & Labour Relations, Human Resources

  • I think of Accessibility:

    as very much connected to one of the Library's core values - information access. That refers to many things, from the collections we make available to the services and spaces we provide, and across the board it means removing barriers as much as possible, for everyone.

    Martha Whitehead
    University Librarian

  • Accessibility means:

    Providing resources and opportunities  for students of all abilities to thrive. But it also means heightening awareness of accessibility issues amongst the general populace; without widespread understanding, true inclusively is difficult to achieve.

    Julie Harmgardt
    Founder and Chair, InvisAbilities

Become an Access Ally

What is an Access Ally? Somebody who defends, supports, or promotes accessibility.

Why are they important? Access Allies provide leadership and demonstrate ways to elevate and improve accessibility and inclusion to their peers. Peer-to-peer communication is powerful and effective.

Access Allies can:

Steve Cutway Accessibility Award

The Award servers to acknowledge the efforts of faculty, staff and students who demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, innovation and commitment to creating a learning and work environment in which persons with disabilities enjoy full participation.

Any member of the Queen's community including students, staff, faculty or alumni as well as members of the general Kingston community who have an interest in Queen's University may submit nominations.

Accessibility Queen's Grant

Accessibility Queen’s, a committee under the Social Issues Commission, provides grants for initiatives designed to improve physical, academic and social accessibility for Queen’s students across campus. These grants will be awarded to clubs/organizations that best meet the eligibility requirements as listed in the grant application. If you have any questions about Accessibility Queen’s Grants email the Accessibility Queen’s co-chairs, Sarah Libera and Jen Weidner, at accessibility@queensu.ca or the Social Issues Commissioner, Emily Wong, at sic@ams.queensu.ca. Deadline for Round Two is Friday, January 30, 2015.

Accessibility Feedback

Queen's University is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. We do this through the provision of accessible service in the areas of information and communication, facilities, and customer service.

Use our Accessibility Feedback Form to provide feedback on an accessibility related issue.