Module 3: Legislative Requirements Under the AODA and OHRC

Authors: Joyce Barlow, University of Waterloo; Marinette Fargo, University of Guelph; Cherie Gagnon, University of Windsor; Marie-Claude Gagnon, University of Ottawa; Kylie Hamilton, St. Clair College;  Lindita Prendi, St. Clair College

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Have you ever received an academic accommodation request for your course? Have you ever been confused about what it is you must legally do as an educator? In this module, we will review the two disability-related legislations and the impacts they can have in your course planning and delivery. You will be able to identify how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles can assist you in meeting various academic accommodations typically requested by students. This module will also cover the mandatory training requirements for educators that are highlighted in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe the main principles and overarching concepts of disability legislation
  • Identify the dual responsibilities under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) as an educator and how UDL can support post-secondary educators to meet their goals
  • Describe the legislative process in managing the duty to accommodate, accessibility requirements, and other legal compliance

Learning Activities and Assessments

  • Case studies throughout the module
  • Reflection questions
  • Measure lesson plan against legal requirements

Time Commitment

Approximately 120 minutes


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