Building inclusive communities: Opportunities for creativity and progress within the current legal framework

Accessible training and education has come a long way since the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its subsequent guiding standards. Nationally, the legal landscape has become increasingly complex in the intervening years, with multiple pieces of provincial and federal legislation greatly expanding the scope of requirements. Taken together, this evolution of the legal impetus for accessibility has positioned Ontario as the leader in the field by virtue of its pioneering status. 

Designed for both students and staff, this workshop is intended to offer a reflection of the current legal framework at the provincial, national, and international levels as well as to introduce a new framework of looking at accessibility and inclusion through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Please help us ensure that this event is accessible to you. To arrange an accessible format of the workshop presentation in your preferred format please contact katya [at] scholarsportal [dot] info. 

Learning outcomes: To be conversant in the issues surrounding accessibility in Canada and in UDL principles and to effectively apply them when auditing organizations for accessibility, educating colleagues, faculty and students in best practices for creating positive and inclusive learning spaces.

Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing your colleagues on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign next to your name on the attendance sheet for each workshop session. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.


Katya Pereyaslavska, Scholars Portal & Stephen Spong, Centennial College