GREATER ESSEX COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH
ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ODA)
FOR THE YEAR SEPTEMBER 2013 TO AUGUST 2014
The Province passed the Ontarians With Disabilities Act requiring that all public organizations such as municipalities, school boards, hospitals, universities, colleges and Ontario government buildings prepare a plan to make their buildings accessible to those with disabilities. It does not set a standard for accessibility but requires organizations to develop their own plan as to how to make their organizations accessible and to set their own timeline. The Act is not addressing just the building issues but equipment, websites and training for staff in dealing with people with various types of disabilities (not just physical). Existing funds within the organization’s budget must be used as there is no extra funding to implement any of the recommendations.
The Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) must publish this plan by September 30th of each year in accordance with the Ontarians With Disabilities Act. Every year the Ontarians With Disabilities Act Committee must update the plan for the next year. However, a newer act called “Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA)” is changing the requirements for future years. All requirements, except Built Space, are now regulated through the AODA. Accordingly, only built space items remain regulated under the ODA.
The ODA Committee would like to provide an on-going opportunity for all staff, parents and community partners of the Greater Essex County District School Board to communicate accessibility concerns to the School Board. To share your suggestion and input, please use the following link: