Certificate in Accessibility Practices: AODA and Beyond
The certificate provides students with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of current trends in the accessibility field as they pertain to provincial, federal, and international legislation, standards, policy, and technologies. Students will gain competencies in addressing accessibility challenges for people with disabilities, with a particular focus on Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Students will gain new understandings of disability and the impact of systemic, attitudinal, physical, and digital barriers, as well as concrete strategies and solutions for the creation of a barrier-free world. Students will become familiar with universal design and inclusive design principles, as well as international efforts to address barriers through such initiatives as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Barrier-Free Europe, the Web Accessibility Initiatives (WAI), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Students collectively bring and share insights and perspectives from a range of fields and organizations including government, corporate, health care, human resources and employment, banking, education, information and communication technology (ICT), and community advocacy.
Particular attention is given to AODA standards and regulations, e.g., customer service; information and communication; employment; transportation; accessibility of public spaces; and current and best practices, both in Ontario and internationally.
Students will graduate from the certificate with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively lead and engage their organizations in barrier identification, problem solving, planning, and decision-making that will improve the accessibility of organizations for persons with disabilities.
“As the former cabinet minister who authored the AODA, I am proud to be part of this university community. In offering this program, The Chang School is furthering a deeper understanding of accessibility issues. This critical knowledge and skill development will foster accessibility initiatives and enhance civic engagement in Ontario.”
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean