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UGDSB continues to make waves in accessibility work

For Immediate Release
November 28, 2019


GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board has been making many changes when it comes to Accessible Education. As a requirement to the government’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), school boards are required to implement a multi-year accessibility plan and annual accessibility report.

On November 12, 2019, the Annual Accessibility Report for 2018-2019 was received by the UGDSB Board of Trustees and was passed at the November 26 Board Meeting.

Some highlights of the report include: Accessibility work has been embedded into school curriculum. The Terry James Resource Centre (TJRC) has continued their work with vendors to ensure that accessible resources with built in accessibility features are available to students. The TJRC DVD lending program has been phased out and replaced with a system that allows for closed captioning video.

The UGDSB continues to use accessible formats at all stages of advertising for employment from the job advertisements through the recruitment process.

The Accessibility Steering Committee with Plant Operations have continued to use the Accessibility audit of 2015 to prioritize renovations and upgrades that improve accessibility in three main areas: barrier-free front access, accessible washrooms for students and staff, and accessible universal washrooms for public use. 

The Student Support and Program Services department has continued to support students in the classroom with accessible technologies.

Accessibility education has continued to move out of the classroom this year with programs like the board’s sledge hockey program and Empowerment Day. Most recently, the UGDSB officially launched the Patrick Anderson Wheelchair Basketball program, which sees students learning to include all by learning the fundamentals of the sport.

The following are some of the purchases made by the Purchasing Department: 16 Club Sport chairs for wheelchair basketball, mobile lift for a secondary school, and much more.

Starting as a new initiative this year, the UGDSB is issuing a monthly Accessibility Challenge. These challenges ask students to break the norm by finding accessible ways to do daily activities. The goal of these challenges is to help students become more equitable and inclusive.

The UGDSB will continue to maintain environments in all of our facilities that build independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity for students, parents/guardians, staff and the public.

About the Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board serves approximately 35,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. The UGDSB covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories. Student success is the goal of over 4,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners.

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Media contact:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725
heather.loney@ugdsb.on.ca

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764
megan.sicoli@ugdsb.on.ca

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