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Accessibility Projects HRCO
Accessibility Projects

The Human Rights Commissioner's Office works in collaboration with Plant Services, Student Services and Human Resource Services, among other Board departments, to identify and support the needs of students, staff and the community through various accessibility projects.​​

Please check back periodically for project updates.

All Access Washrooms

Between 201​6 to 2018, YRDSB completed two pilot projects across 45 elementary and secondary schools, beginning in 2016 with an initial concept of creating  "gender-neutral" washrooms. The initial pilot project was modified in 2017 to be inclusive, which led to the term "all access" washrooms.

All Access washrooms are available for use by students or staff who self-identify as gender diverse or feel the need for privacy due to religious or other personal reasons.

Plant and Planning Services undertook a joint assessment and evaluation over the summer of 2018 to determine the requirements to fully implement the All Access Washrooms initiative across the system. Project preparations were conducted throughout the 2018-2019 school year, including reviewing and finalizing all access washroom signage following consultations with various stakeholders.

In June 2019, each school was contacted by Planning Services to finalize the recommended washroom locations that were identified in the project assessment. Plant Services has now begun the implementation phase of the project. A total of 483 school washrooms will be transitioned to an all access or all gender washrooms (not barrier-free).

Plant Services has now begun the full-scale implementation phase of the Board's All Access Washrooms initiative.


Braille and High Contrast Signage (Pilot Project)

All YRDSB schools constructed after 2005 have Braille included as part of all school signage. However, signage colours were typically chosen to match the school colours, which did not always provide fully accessible contrast levels.

Blind/Low Vision (BLV) Services, an interdisciplinary team of Students Services, worked in collaboration with Plant Services to establish a standardized high contrast style and format for all new Board signage (i.e., white lettering on a black background).

Signage throughout two elementary schools was replaced using the new high contrast standard. Plant Services will continue to update and replace poor contrast signage as required.

BLV Services has now finalized a list of priority schools with students who are known to require Braille signage as an accessibility support.

The following elementary school have been identified for installation of Braille signage:

  • Baythorn Public School
  • Doncrest Elementary School
  • *Stonehaven Public School (priority 1)
  • *Michael Cranny Public School (priority 2)
  • Wilshire Public School

*Installation of Braille and high contrast signage throughout the two priority elementary schools is expected to begin in the winter of 2019/2020. Installation of Braille signage at Stonehaven Public School is currently underway.

The following secondary schools have been identified for installation of Braille signage:

  • Keswick High School (priority 3)
  • Langstaff SecondarySchool
  • Maple High School​
  • Newmarket High School
  • Vaughan Secondary School
  • Woodbridge College

Installation of Braille signage throughout the identified secondary schools will be prioritized based on students with BLV who are currently attending the school, compared to secondary schools identified for receiving purposes (i.e., students with BLV who are anticipated to attend the secondary school upon graduation from their current elementary school).

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Early Years Outdoor Learning Area (Pilot Project)

In 2017, a pilot project was undertaken to install four accessible Early Years Outdoor Learning Areas.

More information coming soon.​​​

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