The Accessible British Columbia Act aims to support the identification, prevention, and removal of barriers that people with disabilities face in their day-to-day lives.
Key themes of the act:
- Breaking down barriers.
- Advancing human rights.
- Promoting fairness and equity.
Themes specific to Education:
- Increased visibility of those with disabilities.
- Public education campaigns to include those with disabilities in the education system.
- Development of targeted education and training programs.
- Increased integration in schools.
- Focus on accessibility, empathy and sensitivity training.
Important Definitions from the Act
Disability: An inability to participate fully and equally in society as a result of the interaction of an impairment and a barrier.
Barrier: Essentially, anything that hinders the full and equal participation in society of a person with an impairment.
Impairment: A physical, sensory, mental, intellectual, or cognitive impairment which is permanent, temporary, or episodic.
What are examples of barriers to accessibility?
- Attitudinal: when people think, and act based upon false assumptions.
- Physical: when obstacles in an environment make access difficult.
- Information or Communication: when people with disabilities are excluded because they use other ways to communicate.
- Systemic: when an organization’s policies, practices and procedures result in exclusion.
- Technology: when technology can’t be accessed by people with disabilities.
- Sensory: when sensory information such as lights, sounds, smells, etc. prevent participation in the environment.
The feedback we receive will be shared with both our Accessibility Advisory Committee and our Accessibility Working Group. We will also share feedback to relevant department or school leaders. Staff are welcome to use this form and are reminded if they need an accommodation to connect with their supervisor and human resources separately from the feedback form.