The Accessibility Policy Advisory Group (APAG) reviewed and made recommendations to update the Policy on accessibility for students with disabilities (PRVPA-14), with the goal of integrating all persons with disabilities in the same policy and reinforcing our university commitment to accessibility.

Overview of policy review process

The process started with a review of accessibility policies for students and employees at Canadian universities as well as a variety of relevant legislative requirements.

Prior to the start of the review process an extensive list was generated from feedback already received concerning accessibility from students and employees, including:

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group Report and Recommendations (2020)
  • Secretary General
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ombuds Office
  • Access Centre for Students with Disabilities
  • Human Resources and Employee Relations
  • Center for Gender Advocacy – Revision Recommendations: Student Accessibility Policy
  • A review of Policies on Accessibility at Canadian Universities

Policy review – committee meeting updates

The members of the policy review group included undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. The APAG met weekly from January to May 2021 and each week, a section of the policy was reviewed.

Between each meeting, members of APAG were encouraged to send feedback and suggestions. Stakeholders from different areas of the university were invited to meet with the APAG, including: Student Advocates; the Graduate Student Association; Office of Community Engagement; Hospitality; Centre for Teaching and Learning; Vice-Provost, Innovation in Teaching and Learning; Office of Rights and Responsibilities; Ombuds Office; and the Vice-President, Services and Sustainability.

Sub-groups from the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) and Human Resources (HR) met to work on procedures.

Information sessions — update on the policy on accessibility

For students registered with ACSD, March 22, 2021

For faculty and staff, March 29, 2021

Please click on a meeting date below for details

Have your say

The Accessibility Policy Advisory Group welcomes feedback on accessibility from members of the Concordia community. All submissions will be confidential and reviewed only by Advisory Group members. Email us.

Advisory group members

  • Elana Bloom, Manager, Access Centre for Students with Disabilities
  • Enza De Cubellis, Director, University Secretariat
  • Riya Dutta, MASc student and GSA representative
  • Angela Ghadban, Interim Project Coordinator, Campus Life, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic (Advisory Group Coordinator)
  • Hilary Keithlin, Supervisor, HR Data and Benefits Support
  • Sarah Mazhero, Academic & Advocacy Coordinator, CSU
  • Lisa Ostiguy, Special Advisor to the Provost, Campus Life and Supports; Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic (Advisory Group Chair)
  • Victor Rodriguez, Undergraduate student, John Molson School of Business
  • Melodie Sullivan, Senior Legal Counsel, University Secretariat
  • Susie Wileman, Part-time faculty, Applied Human Sciences
  • Shawn Wilkinson, Lecturer, Applied Human Sciences

Email us if you have any questions or would like more information on the accessibility policy review.

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