Building a framework for accessibility
All aspects of accessibility at Queen’s are being evaluated over the summer months to ensure the university has a comprehensive and functional framework for addressing the provincial government’s Integrated Accessibility Regulation.
“A strong framework that reflects our commitment to the interests and needs of person with disabilities will be necessary to make sure that we can support units and departments across our campus in complying with this legislation,” says Bob Silverman, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).
With the new regulation coming into effect on June 3, 2011, Queen’s is now required to comply with four accessibility standards. These include: the customer service standards, transportation, employment, and information and communications. The government continues to work on the fifth and final standard, the Built Environment.
“Accessibility is everyone’s responsibility,” says Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance). “Improving accessibility will make it easier for persons with disabilities to access the information and the services we all need.”
A working group from the Provost Office and the Office of Administration and Finance expects to have recommendations by the end of the summer for a renewed accessibility process, system and structure for Queen’s that will lead us to improved accessibility for everyone on our campus.