Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions

General Physical Accessibility Resources

Included below are examples from PSE institutions across Canada that may be helpful in designing and providing a barrier free physical environment for students with disabilities in PSE.

College/University Resources

  • The University of Toronto offers an on-line map of the St. George Campus for detailed information on accessible entrances to every building. http://www.osm.utoronto.ca/osm/map_footpath.html
  • The University of Alberta provides an accessibility map which shows ground level access to university buildings as well as the DATS (Disability Transit System in Edmonton) pick-up / drop-off zones. http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/ssds/pdfs/UoFaDATSMap.pdf
  • The University of Toronto Students’ Union Wheelchair Access Fund was established in 1990 to ensure University of Toronto facilities were made accessible. It is overseen by the University of Toronto Students' Union Wheelchair Access Committee. The role of the committee is to research, deliberate, propose and oversee wheelchair accessibility projects across the University of Toronto’s three campuses. For more information about its projects, contact UTSU at 416-978-4911 or by email at frontdesk@utsu.ca or visit their website http://www.utsu.ca/.
  • The University of Calgary Disability Resource Centre works closely with various departments on campus such as Maintenance and Operations, Planning & Design Services, Parking Services, Students' Union, etc. to ensure full access to all facilities http://www.ucalgary.ca/drc/node/57
  • The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Access-Ability Committee reviewed the accessibility audit and formulated a number of recommendations outlined in the document Plan for Inclusion: A Response to the UPEI Accessibility Audit. To learn more on this document see http://news.upei.ca/node/4152.

External Resources

  • The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) supports community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, remove barriers, and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities. http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability_issues/eaf/cfp/

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