Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions
Training for Faculty and Staff Resources
This section contains a variety of examples and resources on the different ways PSE institutions can provide training and development opportunities for faculty and staff so that they are better prepared to assist students with disabilities.
Guides and Publications
The following resources are examples of guides and publications that have been developed for faculty and staff members at PSE institutions to educate and train them on a variety of disability issues.
The following are resources and examples of training/information sessions or events that are used to assist PSE faculty and staff better assist students with disabilities and understand their needs.
International Training Programs
- Project DO-IT at the University of Washington is a program that offers professional development, training materials and resources to that can be offered to faculty and administrators of any campus. For more information on the program see their website at http://www.washington.edu/doit/
- In addition, short handouts, videos, and comprehensive train-the-trainer materials were created for use at postsecondary institutions across the USA. All of these materials can be found in The Faculty Room at http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/
Below are resources and examples of online training and information resources for faculty and staff members at PSE institutions to educate them on a variety of disability issues.
The following are examples of unique programs, services and resources that are being utilized to promote awareness and educate faculty and staff members on disability issues within PSE institutions.
- Memorial University created the Blundon Award in 1992, which is presented to an individual who has gone “above and beyond” their normal duties to create a more accessible learning environment for students with disabilities at the university. For more information see
- In Ontario, all colleges and universities must provide training to faculty and staff on implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Customer Service Standard.
For more on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, visit http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_05a11_e.htm
For more on the Customer Service Standard visit http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2007/elaws_src_regs_r07429_e.htm
For an example of on-line training conducted by the University of Ottawa visit http://www.hr.uottawa.ca/accessibility/
- Ontario College Committee on Disability Issues (CCDI) acts as an advisory body to Coordinating Committee on Student Services (CCSS) to identify, research and make appropriate recommendations on system-wide issues, policies and practices affecting students with disabilities, and from time to time, undertake specific assignments as directed by or for submission to CCSS. Their website has resources for disability service advisors, learning strategists, assistive technologists, faculty, counsellors, etc. on a full range of disabilities. http://www.disabilityissues.ca/english/links.html
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