Accessibility - providing accessible services and information
The Ottawa Catholic School Board is committed to providing accessible places to work and learn. We are making sure that people with different needs feel welcomed and accommodated, whether they are students in our schools, visitors to our buildings, or our very own employees.
Our website meets the standards for accessibility by ensuring that users can access the information in a variety of ways. Users can:
Working towards 2025 with our accessibility plan
Our Accessibility Multi-Year Plan is a document that is always evolving. We review it often to make sure it reflects the changing needs of our staff, students, and visitors. During the last several years, we have been working to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to people with disabilities. We will continue to work towards providing full access to all Board properties by 2025.
Online workshops for our employees
We have online workshops for our employees which provide a short overview two different regulations for people with disabilities. Upon completion of the online tutorials, employees will receive a certificate of completion.
This workshop defines and explains terms such as disability, duty to accommodate, and undue hardship. It examines the role that confidentiality plays during accommodation, and looks at the the seven areas of employment regulated by the Integrated Accessibility Standards.
This workshop looks at the purpose of the AODA and who much comply with their regulations. It examines various policies and standards both inside an outside of the OCSB. It also shows users how to recognize and assist people with disabilities, and how to communicate essential information to them.
Guide dogs and service animals in our schools
We are happy to accommodate people who need to have their guide dog or service animal with them in one of our facilities. We know that these service animals are essential to the health and safety of the people they serve. Service animals are allowed to stay with their owners on Board property which is open to the public, unless another law excludes the permission of the animal. If the animal is not permitted due to another law, then the OCSB will use other measures to provide services to the person with a disability. View our Protocol for the Admittance of Service Animals.