“We need to be responsive and relevant and assume our role in building an inclusive
and expansive society. We need to use technology to become even more accessible and
– Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor
A Virtual Adaptive Technology Centre at UOITbrought to you by eSSENTIAL Accessibility
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), in the eastern Greater Toronto Area, prepares over 10,000 ambitious students to meet their career aspirations. As part of its commitment to creating a diverse, multicultural community, UOIT supports full inclusion of students, faculty and visitors with disabilities. UOIT strives to make its websites, programs, services and activities as accessible as possible to all users, and keeps people with disabilities informed of opportunities through this accessibility portal. This resource showcases the full range of accommodations, assistive technology and accessible content available at UOIT. It highlights groundbreaking facilities and a universal design approach. This portal was created in partnership with eSSENTIAL Accessibility – a partnership that also allows UOIT to offer free downloadable assistive technology to its university community.
A Universal Design Approach
Accessibility at UOIT means universal design – not just in the construction of buildings, but in inclusive methods of teaching and learning. It means adapted and accessible equipment in the lab, and assistive technology for going online or interacting with apps. It means instructors who are aware of best practices for barrier removal when teaching students with disabilities, such as using varied approaches to represent concepts, and allowing students to communicate their understanding in multiple ways. It also means providing a wide range of supports depending on individual need, such as adapted technology and training materials, so students can give all of their focus to their education.
Student Accessibility Services
The scope of services and supports offered by UOIT’s department of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is comprehensive and intended to accommodate many types of disabilities. Students with physical, medical, mobility, mental health, vision, hearing or learning disabilities can meet an Accessibility Advisor or Learning Strategies Counsellor in person or over Skype to discuss their needs. Accessibility services can include course material in alternative formats, learning skills support, note-taking, coaching and counselling. SAS also provides guidance to faculty on how best to meet individual accommodations. Confidentiality of disability status and accommodations is strictly maintained. Any questions? Reporting a barrier? You’re encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services at 905-721-3266 or email@example.com.
Inclusion at UOIT means more than equal participation in learning. It means immersion in the full experience of student life. UOIT facilitates this by providing resources and links to disability-specific information, organizations, career leads and technology. Its campus libraries are equipped with adaptive equipment and assistive technology, and modified for physical accessibility with automatic doors, elevators and accessible washrooms. A variety of wellness support groups are available for connecting with others and receiving mental health support. Students are also welcome to join the Campus Connected movement to help spread empathy and social connection across campus.
UOIT offers a dynamic, diverse, inclusive workplace where staff and faculty can thrive. Here, you’ll be met with respect, and you’ll encounter many opportunities for collaboration and innovative thinking. You’ll be supported by programs that promote wellness, such as mental health and nutrition counselling, and you’ll be offered competitive benefits and a pension package. UOIT welcomes applications from qualified people with disabilities, and provides all reasonable accommodations in the recruitment process.
Compliance with AODA
UOIT believes in equal opportunity in education, and thus is invested in meeting and exceeding its obligations under the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The university has already made significant progress. Its learning environment, buildings and policies are on track with sweeping accessibility improvements. UOIT has initiatives in place, described in its Multi-Year Accessibility Plan, to broaden awareness across campus of the full spectrum of disabilities, develop standards for accessibility, and educate its faculty, staff, contractors and volunteers. For example, under its Accessibility Standard for Customer Service, UOIT’s digital communication tools, including videos, websites and web content, must comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Groundbreaking Research Facilities
The university operates over 70 research laboratories and facilities in specialized areas, including the UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. This centre, a joint project with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), conducts research and generates new evidence-based thinking around the management of chronic musculoskeletal and psychological conditions and disabilities. UOIT has established 11 Canada Research Chairs and five Industrial Research Chairs from an array of disciplines – and backgrounds. UOIT proudly champions inclusivity in its research chair program, allowing diverse talent to flourish.