Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005 with the goal of creating an accessible Ontario by 2025. This legislation is unique because it:
- applies to both public and private organizations
- requires obliged organizations to be proactive in identifying, preventing and removing barriers to accessibility
- shifts the focus from the individual who requires an accommodation and focuses on the obligations of organizations to remove barriers
The AODA is implemented through a series of Accessibility Standards:
- Customer Service Standard
- Built Environment Standard
- Integrated Accessibility Standard
Information & Communication, Employment and Transportation have been combined into one Standard called the Integrated Accessibility Standard.
McMaster is obligated to keep a public record of its plans for complying with the AODA. The McMaster Multi-year Accessibility Plan can be downloaded here: McMaster Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.
The AODA legislation can be found here.
Click here to access the AODA Training Modules.