Resources for Faculty & Staff

Council of Ontario Universities (COU): Introduction to Accessible Education. This website provides a number of resources for educators. The COU has developed a number of resources and links to assist Ontario Universities in meeting their obligations under Section 16 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The following links are derived from the COU website and their supporting resources.

Introduction to Accessible Education

Understanding Barriers to Accessibility. This section of the website answers two fundamental questions: what is accessibility and what are the five barriers to accessibility?

Course Planning                                                                                                                                                   

Developing Courses
Writing a Course Syllabus
Consideration of Student Accessibility When Teaching Outside the Classroom 
 Selecting Accessible Venues

Teaching Tips                                                                                                                                                      

Creating Accessible Lectures Accessibility in Teaching: Strategies and Requirements for Supporting an Accessible Learning Environment

Tip Sheets on Teaching Students with disabilities:

Supporting Students with Disabilities. This website was designed for post-secondary educators and Accessibility Centre/Disability Services Office staff, tutors, and mentors in New Brunswick, Canada. It is available for anyone who is interested. The website has eleven modules and each module provides valuable information on disabilities. 

Practical Resources for Accessible Education. Information regarding: teaching outside the classroom, field trips, field work, etc.

Universal Design for Learning

National Centre on Universal Design for Learning

Universal Instructional Design: Creating an Accessible Curriculum

University of Guelph, Universal Instructional Design Implementation Guide

Accessibility in E-Learning

The COU Accessibility in E-Learning has a number of resources available to Educators regarding online learning.

Accessibility in e-learning: What You Need to Know
Standards and Specifications
Accessible Content Authoring Practices
Easy to Use Resources
ChromeVox Screen Reader Setup
Turning Images Off in Web Browsers
Additional Resources and References

Ten Simple Steps toward Universal Design of Online Courses

Mental Health

COU, Video Series on Mental Health

Helping Students in Distress  
Understand: The Impact of Mental Illness
Act: Recognize, Respond, Refer                                                                                                              Influence: Building Healthier Communities
Reach Out: You're Not Alone 
Student Profiles

Other Resources on Mental Health

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Your Education - Your Future

Post-Secondary Student Helpline, Good2Talk

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Mental Health and Addiction 101

Additional Resources

Government of Ontario, Human Rights Code

Ontario Human Rights Commission, Accommodating students with disabilities. Roles and Responsibilities (fact sheet)

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
Instuctional Development Centre