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Enhancing Accessibility Guide

Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions: A Guide for Disability Service Providers

Ottawa, March 29, 2012 - The association is proud to announce the availability of a new, comprehensive guide on disability service provision and accommodations at colleges and universities in Canada. This Guide is now available on the NEADS website. It is the product of research conducted by the Government of Canada’s Office for Disability Issues and is a resource designed with direct input from Canadian campus disability service providers and student groups.

“The Enhancing Accessibility Guide is a very wellwritten and comprehensive document,” said Frank Smith, NEADS’ National Coordinator. “It is a resource that will be used extensively by disability service providers on college and university campuses, but it is also very valuable for students with disabilities as it is a model for optimal services and accommodations.”

Access to post-secondary education is an integral component of achieving income security, yet people with disabilities are less likely to attend and complete post-secondary education than those without disabilities. Students with disabilities have the potential to be successful and the support they receive from their institution can play a large role in this success.

NEADS partnered with the Government of Canada to ensure that the Guide was thoroughly reviewed by university and college disability service providers and student disability groups. NEADS then developed the Guide into a web-based tool, the purpose of which is to build awareness of disability issues within Canadian post-secondary institutions and to share best practices in accessibility and accommodation practices and procedures.

“The Government of Canada is committed to creating opportunities and ensuring the full participation of all people with disabilities, including students, in society,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “We are proud to work with organizations such as NEADS, which has done important work in helping students with disabilities gain access to post-secondary education.”

The Guide contains best practice examples of accessibility policies and programs as well as a variety of resources on topics which include Financial Support, Mental Health, Sports and Recreation, Transition to Employment, and many others.

We hope all people, whether service provider, student, or staff, will find this tool useful. You can locate the guide on www.neads.ca


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