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Georgian College is committed to continually improving access to all college premises, facilities and services at all campuses. The information on this page focuses on Georgian College’s overall accessibility plan. Learn more about the accessibility services we provide to students.

The aim of Georgian’s annual Accessibility Plan is to identify, remove and prevent barriers to persons with disabilities and establish priorities for future accommodations.

We welcome and appreciate comments on how Georgian provides services to people with disabilities. You can contact us to express any comments or concerns you have or, if you are a current or potential student, to inquire about your own specific needs or to arrange a meeting with a representative from Georgian’s Accessibility Services. You can use AODA online feedback form or one of other methods listed on our Contact tab.

Download Procedure 4-150 AODA Customer Service Procedure

Download Procedure 4-152 Accessibility Procedure

Upon request, when transportation is being provided by the college for school trips or other school sanctioned events, accessible alternatives will be provided to staff and students with disabilities. Staff and students requiring these services will work with the faculty or department responsible for the trip to make arrangements and must provide as much advance notice as possible when requesting these services.

Georgian College is committed to continually improving access to all college premises, facilities, services and public information with the goal of achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities studying, visiting and working at the college. Information available to the public is provided in alternate formats upon request through Campus Safety and Security at 705.728.1968, ext. 1356.

Georgian’s Accessibility Plan impacts many different aspects of the college. The plan was created and reviewed by educators, students, community, managers, union representatives and Physical Resources personnel on all campuses.

Download the 2012 – 2015 Accessibility Plan

The Ontario Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 2005, became law on June 13, 2005. The purpose of the act is to:

  • Developimplement and enforce accessibility standards with respect to the goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises by January 1, 2025
  • Provide for the involvement of persons with disabilities, the government of Ontario and representatives of various sectors of the economy in the development of accessibility standards

Commitment to accessibility planning

Georgian College is committed to continually improving access to all college premises, facilities, and services which spans across three main campuses and four regional campuses located throughout Central Ontario, Canada.

The aim of Georgian’s annual Accessibility Plan is to identify, remove and prevent barriers to persons with disabilities and establish priorities for future accommodations.

View Georgian College’s 2012 – 2015 Accessibility Plan or visit the Accessibility Plan’s Archives to view current and past plans:

Alternate formats of Georgian’s Accessibility Plan are available by calling 705.728.1968, ext. 1356.

  • Colour contrasting paint on stair nosings in courtyard between Library, K and B buildings, Barrie
  • New Accessibility Services office/lab, Owen Sound
  • Replace interlock brick with concrete at main entrance, Owen Sound
  • Reviewed two workshop formats and two online customer service staff training applications
  • Initial planning for Accessibility Services at Midland and Muskoka (Bracebridge) campuses

Georgian College’s website is being developed based on the standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and other standards bodies. We are working toward a fully developed web standards site. The goal of web standards is to ensure accessibility and usability of all web content to all users. This includes cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility.

Web content accessibility guidelines

  • Guideline 1. Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory and visual content.
  • Guideline 2. Don’t rely on color alone. Ensure that text and graphics are understandable when viewed without color.
  • Guideline 3. Use markup (XHTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS) and do so properly.
  • Guideline 4. Clarify natural language usage.
  • Guideline 5. Create tables that transform gracefully. Tables should be used for tabular information (“data tables”), and should not be used to lay out pages (“layout tables”).
  • Guideline 6. Ensure that pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully. Ensure that pages are accessible even when newer technologies are not supported or are turned off.
  • Guideline 7. Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes.
  • Guideline 8. Ensure direct accessibility of embedded user interfaces.
  • Guideline 9. Design for device-independence.
  • Guideline 10. Use interim accessibility solutions so that assistive technologies and older browsers will operate correctly.
  • Guideline 11. Use W3C technologies and guidelines.
  • Guideline 12. Provide context and orientation information.
  • Guideline 13. Provide clear navigation mechanisms.
  • Guideline 14. Ensure that documents are clear and simple.

View the complete Web content accessibility guidelines documentation.

Your feedback can be provided in person, by telephone, in writing, or by filling out our online form below. Responses to feedback are communicated in a way that is accessible to the person with the disability.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us.

To express your comments or concerns: Please complete an online form, or contact the Campus Safety and Security by phone, 705.728.1968, ext. 6111.

To inquire about your specific needs or to arrange a meeting through Georgian’s Accessibility Services (for students or potential students ONLY): Georgian encourages academically qualified people with disabilities to apply for admission to its programs. While all students must satisfy the usual admission and graduation requirements, the college recognizes that students with disabilities may require individualized assistance. This assistance is also available to students with short-term disabilities. Please click here for contact information to discuss opportunities at Georgian College.

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