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AODA Advisory Committee

The AODA Advisory Committee was established under the direction of the Human Rights Commissioner’s Office (HRCO) to meet or exceed the AODA standards and requirements. Accessibility at YRDSB is guided the through shared responsibilities and collaborative commitments of the AODA Advisory Committee.​

The AODA Advisory Committee meets four (4) times each school year with the purpose of carrying out the Board’s commitment to providing accessible learning and working environments.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • To champion accessibility at YRDSB in effort to strengthen a culture of equity and inclusion for people with and without disabilities;
  • To provide ethical leadership and guidance on all matters related to the implementation of Accessibility Policy #407 and its related procedures as aligned with the AODA;
  • To identify, remove and prevent barriers in the service, working and learning environments of the Board;
  • To promote opportunities for collaboration and professional development among members of the AODA Advisory Committee with regard to ongoing accessibility concerns, planning and implementation;
  • To provide accessibility recommendations and training to the Board’s senior leadership team and the various Board constituencies with the goal of promoting systemic change; and
  • To communicate the accessibility plans and achievements of the Board through the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan and Annual Accessibility Reports.

AODA Advisory ​Committee ​Meetings (Minutes)

2020-2021 School Year

       September 30, 2020 (Minutes in draft until approval at next meeting)

2019-2020 School Year

​ May 7, 2020 Minutes

       February 20, 2020 (meeting cancelled due to ​labour negotiations)

2018-2019 School Y​​ear

April 18, 2019 Minutes

February 21, 2019 ​Minutes​

November​ 29, 2018 Minutes​

September 27, 2018 Minutes

​2017-2018 S​cho​​ol Year

April 19, 2018 Minutes

February 8, 2018 Minutes

​Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • November 26, 2020
  • February 2021
  • April 2021


The AODA Advisory Committee is composed of the following members with representation from the various departments, groups and units across the Board community:
  • All HRCO staff
  • ​3 Board Advisory Committee members,
  • 4 Corporate Management and Professional Staff (CMPS),
  • 2 Human Resources Services (HRS) staff,
  • 1 Inclusive Schools and Community Services (ISCS) staff,
  • 2 Information Technology Services (ITS) staff,
  • 2 Plant Services staff
  • 2 Student Services staff,
  • 1 Student Transportation Services staff,
  • 2 School Administrators,​​
  • 1 Trustee, and
  • 7 Union representatives (from each of the following),
    • ​Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), District 16
    • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – York Region (ETFO-YR)
    • Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – York Region Occasional Teachers (ETFO-YR OT)
    • Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1196 (CUPE 1196)
    • Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1734 (CUPE 1734)
    • Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU)
    • Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP) – OSSTF D16

For a list of individual members, please refer to the AODA Advisory Committee Terms of Reference​.

​​Subcommittees and Working Groups

To best operationalize the work of the AODA Advisory Committee, a number of specialized subcommittees and working groups were created to advance various areas of accessibility at YRDSB:

  • Barrier Buster and Built Environment Subcommittee
    • The Barrier Buster and Built Environment Subcommittee operates primarily through Plant and Planning Services, and with the two-part objective of ensuring compliance with the AODA and all other relevant legislation:

      1. ​​Barrier Buster: Review, assess and resolve submissions received through the Barrier Buster online reporting tool. Recommendations arising out of this review process are communicated the relevant Board staff for follow-up and/or implementation, as well as to the individual(s) who submitted the Barrier Buster reporting form. All Barrier Buster submissions are tracked chronologically and resulting accessibility work are reported in the HRCO Annual Accessibility Reports.

      2. Accessibility Projects: Determine feasibility, timelines and implementation of initiatives to remove physical and/or structural barriers within the learning and working environments of YRDSB. Status reporting on all accessibility (pilot) projects related to the built environment are communicated through the Barriers Buster and Built Environment Subcommittee

  • Curriculum Working Group
    • ​The Curriculum Working Group is responsible for promoting inclusive design and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)​ through the development and distribution of accessible multimedia resources, learning materials and curriculum across the system.​

  • Digital Media, Website Management and Learning Working Group
    • The Digital Media, Website Management and Learning Working Group (D5G) is responsible for AODA comp​liance with regards to all Board communications, Information Technology Services (ITS) and accessibility training requirements. These responsibilities include ensuring that all public-facing website and web content are compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

  • Human Resources Subcommittee
    • The Human Resources subcommittee is responsible for reviewing all aspects of human resources and employment at the Board including: recruitment, hiring, training, disability management, duty to accommodate, and any other accessibility issues that may impact the employee-employer relationship.​ ​​​

  • Student Services Subcommitee
    • The Student Services subcommittee is responsible for meeting the learning needs of students as outlined in the Special Education Plan through the development of accessible resources, programs, services and learning environments.​

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