In demonstrating our commitment to greater accessibility, the Board has established an AODA Advisory Committee (formally the Accessibility Working Committee). The committee membership consists of a large group of stakeholders with representation across the Board community.
Operating under the direction of the HRCO, the AODA Advisory Committee meets four (4) times each school year to report on, discuss and advance the accessibility efforts of the Board. The ongoing work of the AODA Advisory Committee includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Championing accessibility and universal design principles to strengthen a culture of inclusion within the Board
- Providing leadership and guidance on all matters related to implementation of the accessibility standards
- Identifying and addressing accessibility barriers based on feedback with the goal of promoting systemic change
- Updating and maintaining the Annual Accessibility Reports and Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (MYAP)
- Providing recommendations relating to AODA compliance to the Board's senior leadership team and the Director of Education
AODA Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
2020-2021 School Year
- September 30, 2020 (Minutes in draft until approval at next meeting)
2019-2020 School Year
- May 7, 2020 Minutes
- February 20, 2020 (meeting cancelled)
- November 25, 2019 Minutes
- September 26, 2019 Minutes
2018-2019 School Year
2017-2018 School Year
Upcoming Meeting Dates
- November 26, 2020
- February 2021
- April 2021
The AODA Advisory Committee is composed of the following members with representation from the various departments, groups and units across the Board community:
- All HRCO staff
- 3 Board Advisory Committee members,
- 4 Corporate Management and Professional Staff (CMPS),
- 2 Human Resources Services (HRS) staff,
- 1 Inclusive Schools and Community Services (ISCS) staff,
- 2 Information Technology Services (ITS) staff,
- 2 Plant Services staff
- 2 Student Services staff,
- 1 Student Transportation Services staff,
- 2 School Administrators,
- 1 Trustee, and
- 7 Union representatives (from each of the following),
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 16
- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – York Region (ETFO-YR)
- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – York Region Occasional Teachers (ETFO-YR OT)
- Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1196 (CUPE 1196)
- Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1734 (CUPE 1734)
- Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU)
- Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP) – OSSTF D16
For a list of individual members, please refer to the AODA Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.
Subcommittees and Working Groups
To best operationalize the work of the AODA Advisory Committee, a number of specialized subcommittees and working groups were created to advance various areas of accessibility at YRDSB:
The Barrier Buster Subcommittee is responsible for reviewing relevant board projects and site plans to ensure compliance with the AODA and applicable legislation regarding barrier-free facilities. The subcommittee meets regularly to review submissions received through the online Barrier Buster reporting form for referral to Plant Services or other relevant Board units. Recommendations arising out of this review process are conveyed to project managers and other relevant Board staff for follow-up and implementation. All Barrier Buster submissions are tracked and all progress is reported in the Annual Accessibility Plan.
The Curriculum Working Group is responsible for promoting inclusive design and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) through the development and distribution of accessible multimedia resources, learning materials and curriculum across the system.
The Digital Media, Website Management & Learning subcommittee is responsible for AODA compliance with regards to all Board communications, Information Technology Services (ITS) and accessibility training requirements. These responsibilities include ensuring that all public-facing website and web content are compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
The Human Resources subcommittee is responsible for reviewing all aspects of human resources and employment at the Board including: recruitment, hiring, training, disability management, duty to accommodate, and any other accessibility issues that may impact the employee-employer relationship.
The Student Services subcommittee is responsible for meeting the learning needs of students as outlined in the Special Education Plan through the development of accessible resources, programs, services and learning environments.