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Queen's University
 

Accessibility Policy

Category:

Approval: 

Sponsor/Office of Accountability:  

Office of Administrative Responsibility:  

Date: 

Administrative 

Vice-Principal's Operational Committee (VPOC)

 

Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Date initially approved: November 25, 2013

Date of last revision:

Definitions:

“Accessibility” is a term used to describe a product, device, service, or environment which is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility is concerned with inclusiveness and barrier-free design (the identification, removal, and prevention of barrier). Accessibility can be viewed as a person’s access to and benefit from a system or entity in a way that upholds the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equality of opportunity.

“Barrier” means anything that prevents any person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of society because of their disability, including, but not limited to; physical barriers, architectural barriers, information or communications barriers, attitudinal barriers, technological barriers, or policies and procedures that inadvertently pose barriers.

“Disability” means,

  1. any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device,
  2. a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability,
  3. a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language,
  4. a mental disorder, or
  5. an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act 1997.

 

Purpose:

This policy provides the overarching framework to guide the review and development of Queen’s University policies, procedures, and guidelines to comply with the Accessible Customer Service Standard Regulation and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005(the AODA).

This policy and its related procedures and guidelines facilitate the identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to persons with disabilities to enable better access to Queen’s University goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures, and premises.

 

Scope:

This Policy applies to:

  • all students, staff, faculty, volunteers, and guests
  • all other persons who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the university

 

Policy Statement and Organizational Commitment:

Queen’s University is committed to the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities. In complying with the requirements of the accessibility standards under the AODA, Queen’s University shall meet the needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner through the implementation of this policy and its related procedures and guidelines.

The University endeavours to be a leader in accessibility. We are a community that works together to create an environment where everyone has a full and enriching experience at Queen’s University.

In keeping with our commitment to meet the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities, the university will take steps to facilitate the identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to persons with disabilities to ensure access to Queen’s University goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures, and premises. This policy does not replace or change our legal obligations towards persons with disabilities under the Ontario Human Right Code.

Contact Officer - Equity Advisor 
Date for Next Review - November 2018
Related Policies Procedures and Guidelines - None
Policies Superseded by this Policy - None

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