Accessibility Subcommittee


The role of the Accessibility Subcommittee is to assist Trent University in achieving full participation of persons with disabilities in all facets of university life through the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to access through meeting, or where possible exceeding, its obligations under the AODA and the OHRC.

Commitment to Accessibility

Trent University is committed to a learning and working environment which provides for the fullest development of the potential of its community members. In keeping with this mission, Trent University embraces the environmental model of disability as spelled out in the definition of disability by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the WHO model, disability is viewed as a consequence of barriers created by design flaws in built and human environments. These barriers include not only those in the built environment but attitudinal and systemic barriers related to, for example, policy development and implementation as well as service delivery. It is these design flaws, all human-made, which prevent people with impairments from full participation in a community. Trent University is committed to breaking down the barriers which prevent the full inclusion of all of its community members in its living, working and learning environments. Thus, Trent University is committed to a proactive approach rather than just merely adhering to the letter of the law (i.e. AODA).

The Accessibility Subcommittee is an advisory committee that is responsible for:

  • Monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the University's Accessibility Plan.

  • Making suggestions and recommendations in relation to accessibility policies to appropriate bodies and departments.

  • Providing advice and recommendations to PACHREA and interested members of the Trent University community regarding Accessibility.

  • Making recommendations to the Director of Physical Resources on the expenditure of the annual buildings and university property disability budget.

  • Working with CHREA staff, Student Accessibility Services (SAS), Human Resources and the Centre for Teaching and Learning on developing AODA education workshops.

  • Establishing guidelines for the completion of accessibility activities and projects.

  • Other duties as determined by committee and/or council.