Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The sections below provide answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ).
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'Disability' covers a broad range and degree of conditions, some visible and others not. A disability may have been present from birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time. It includes physical, mental, and learning disabilities, mental disorders, hearing or vision disabilities, epilepsy, drug and alcohol dependencies, environmental sensitivities, as well as other conditions.
The Ontario Human Rights Code defines disability as:
Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical coordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device,
a condition of mental impairment or a development disability, a learning disability, or dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language, a mental disorder, or an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
All McMaster University staff, graduate students and faculty are required to take AODA and Human Rights Code Training.
Accessibility is the degree to which persons with disabilities can access a device, service or environment without barriers. Accessibility is also a process - it is the proactive identification, removal and prevention of barriers to persons with disabilities.
Accommodation differs from accessibility in that it is a reactive process. It is an individualized adaptation or adjustment made to provide a person with a disability with equitable and non-discriminatory opportunities for participation.
This term describes the legal obligation to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities (and on the basis of other protected grounds) to ensure equal opportunity, equal access and equal enjoyment of benefits and participation. Accommodation must be provided in a manner that respects the dignity of the person, individualization, integration and full participation. Where the duty exists, it requires only that a "reasonable accommodation" be made and only to the point of "undue hardship".
As defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, organizations are required to accommodate someone with a disability unless the accommodation creates undue hardship. In assessing "undue hardship", there are 3 factors to consider: cost, outside sources of funding and health and safety requirements, if any. Evidence to demonstrate "undue hardship" must be objective, real, direct and, in the case of cost, quantifiable.
1) You must first register for the training in Mosaic by logging in with your McMaster ID and password.
2) In the Home tab, select the 5th square (beginning from the top left corner) titled Health and Safety Training, AODA, Privacy and Regulatory training.
3) Search by Course Name by typing AODA in the search bar. On the next page, click on View Available Session, then select Session #### to get to the registration page.
4) On the next page, click on Continue in order to request your registration in the course. NOTE: Please disregard the session’s start date, end date, start time and end time, as they are just references for administrative purposes. You can complete the training at any time after you register.
5) After completing this step, the course content and quiz will become available to you on Avenue-to-Learn 24 hours after registration. Login to Avenue-to-Learn with your McMaster ID and password.
6) Under Continuing you will see AODA Online Training Tool. Click here and you will be able to initiate your required training.
7) The training consists of 5 short videos, which you will need to watch in order to complete the quiz.
8) Once the quiz is successfully completed, you will be able to see your grade in Avenue-to-Learn under Assessments --> Grades for 24 hours. A record of your results will be made available to you on Mosaic one (1) business day after completion. NOTE: You will NOT receive a confirmation email on your McMaster email. Results will only be available on Mosaic.
For more information about the AODA and Human Rights Code Training modules, please contact email@example.com.
1) Login to Mosaic with your McMaster ID and password.
2) In the Home tab, select the 5th square (beginning from the top left corner) titled Health and Safety, AODA, Privacy and Regulatory training.
3) Under Request Training Enrolment click on Training Summary for your results --> On this page you will get access to your training summary and status for future references.
For more information about the AODA and Human Rights Code Training Modules please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AODA training is an ongoing requirement; therefore any new hires, incoming graduate students, student leaders and volunteers must receive training as part of the orientation training for their respective roles at the University.