Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions

Social Inclusion Resources

This section contains resources and information relating to the social inclusion of students with disabilities within PSE institutions. These resources may assist you in implementing or enhancing recreation programs and services for people with disabilities on campus.

College/University Resources

  • Carleton University has the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC) that provides social support for students with disabilities, acts as a forum and advocate for disability issues, and organizes events that raises awareness and promotes inclusion. http://cusaonline.com/cdac/
  • Ryerson University created an online community for students with disabilities to socialize, discuss issues, share information, plan events, and more. http://www.ryerson.ca/studentservices/accesscentre/meetothers.html
  • University of British Columbia established the Disability Liaison Network to bring together the disability liaisons for each faculty. Liaisons meet biannually to discuss disability issues on campus and to devise solutions. http://www.students.ubc.ca/access/disability-services/programs-initiatives/orientation-outreach/
  • University of Prince Edward Island has an elected Disabilities Representative on the Student Union to ensure that disability issues are represented. For more information contact the UPEI Student Union at http://upeisu.com/contact
  • Hart House is a dynamic gathering place for University of Toronto students which is student governed and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. It houses an athletic wing, theatre, and art gallery, among many other social activity rooms. It offers a broad range of programming—from live music, lectures and literary events to food, filmmaking and fitness. Hart House is committed to accessibility and works hard to make the House and the events held in the House accessible. For more information on Hart House visit http://www.harthouse.ca

    Hart House recently hosted an Accessibility Awareness Week in partnership with Students for Barrier Free Access. It included a movie night, workshops, wheelchair basketball game, etc. For more details on the Accessibility Awareness Week events see http://www.harthouse.ca/student-engagement/accessibilityweek

    Hart House also established an Accessibility Fund specifically geared toward supporting reasonable accommodations for students wanting to be involved in non-academic activities either organized by Hart House, or taking place at Hart House and organized by University of Toronto affiliated groups (i.e. student groups or departments, divisions or faculties). The fund is intended to provide events based support, and is open to all full- and part-time U of T students. For more information on the Accessibility Fund visit http://www.harthouse.ca/student-engagement/accessibility-fund

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