Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

This multi-year Accessibility Plan has been developed in accordance with the Integration Accessibility Standards Regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. It incorporates the intentions of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board to meet its obligations under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001. This plan describes the measures that the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will take over the five year period from 2012-2017 to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities who work, learn and participate in our Catholic school board community and environment including students, staff, parents and guardians, volunteers and visitors to the board and its schools.

To read the entire Multi-Year Accessibility Plan download the PDF listed below:

Background

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) came into effect on June 13, 2005 and replaced the previous Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA).

The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, is to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises by January 1, 2025 through developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards.

Under the Act, school boards must meet certain accessibility standards in five areas over time:

  • customer service;
  • transportation;
  • information and communications;
  • built environment; and,
  • employment

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board has developed the procedures, training and feedback tools required to be compliant as of January 1, 2010 with the first accessibility standard under the act, Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (Ontario Regulation 429/07).

According to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) a barrier is defined "anything that prevents a person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of society because of his or her disability."

Types of barriers include:

  • physical
  • architectural
  • information or communications
  • attitudinal barrier
  • technological
  • policy or a practice.

(AODA, 2005, Part 1)

Objectives

To ensure compliance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, Ontario Regulation 429/07 (Customer Service Accessibility Standard) and Ontario Regulation 191/11 (Integrated Accessibility Standards) this plan:

  • Describes the process by which Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will identify, remove and prevent barriers;
  • Reviews efforts of Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board to remove and prevent barriers to date;
  • Describes the measures Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will take in the period 2012-2017 to identify, remove and prevent barriers;
  • Makes a commitment to provide an annual status report on the Board's implementation of the multi-year accessibility plan;
  • Makes a commitment to review and update the multi-year accessibility plan every 2-5 years and at least once every 5 years as a minimum;
  • Describes the measures Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board will take in making this accessibility plan available to the public.

NPSC's Commitment to Accessibility Planning

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board is committed to:

  • Developing and maintaining a multi-year accessibility plan;
  • Consultation with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and people with disabilities in the development and review of its accessibility policies and the multi-year accessibility plan;
  • Ensuring, wherever practicable, that Board policies, procedures and practices are consistent with the principles of accessibility and inclusive/universal design.
  • Improving access to facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for students, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers and members of the community. Consideration of ongoing identification of barriers will be the responsibility of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board Accessibility Planning Committee and will, wherever practicable, be incorporated in the multi-year plan.