Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is committed to the continual improvement of access to school board facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for students, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers and members of the community with disabilities, and to the participation of people with disabilities in the development and review of its annual accessibility plans.
The purpose of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) is to improve opportunities for people with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province. To this end, the ODA requires each school board to prepare an annual accessibility plan; to consult with people with disabilities in the preparation of this plan; and to make the plan public.
This is prepared by the Accessibility Working Group of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. The plan describes:
- the measures that the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has taken in the past and
- the measures that the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board will take during the year to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities.
On May 10, 2005, Bill 118, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, was passed by unanimous vote by the Ontario Legislature. The purpose of the Act is to develop and implement and enforce accessibility standards to “achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises on or before January 1, 2025.” Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is proud of Ontario’s advancement in accessibility, and looks forward to the collaboration between the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Education for information and direction and funding for accessibility.