Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and specifically Regulation 191/11 “Integrated Accessibility Standards” (“Regulation”), the Government of Ontario, Legislative Assembly, designated public sector organizations and large organizations, including the Office of the Ombudsman, are required to develop multi-year accessibility plans outlining their strategy to prevent and remove barriers, and to meet requirements under the Regulation. (O.Reg. 191/11, s.4).
The Built Environment Standard under the AODA has not been passed into legislation by the Ontario Legislature and is not part of the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012-17 regulations of the Greater Essex County District School Board. Aspects of the proposed standards are currently being considered in relation to revisions to the Ontario Building Code. Upon clarification of those aspects of the Built Environment which will be incorporated in an Accessibility Standard, the Accessibility Committee will bring recommendations forward for their inclusion in the multi-year accessibility plan.
The Greater Essex County District School Board’s Plan sets out time frames for action, where appropriate, and in accordance with the Regulation. This Plan will be posted on the Greater Essex County District School Board’s website.
The Greater Essex County District School Board has always endeavored to provide accessible service, striven to remove barriers, and accommodated those requiring assistance. This Plan will assist the GECDSB going forward in coordinating these efforts in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities.