Accessible Content E-Portal Pilot Project

The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) Pilot Project is a collaboration of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and the University of Toronto, with support from the Government of Ontario as a part of the EnAbling Change Program. This program is an initiative of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and provides financial support and expertise to organizations to educate an industry or sector across the province on their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
 
The ACE Pilot Project will enhance the ability of university libraries throughout Ontario to provide barrier-free access to textual resources for students and faculty with various reading and print disabilities.
 
The ACE Pilot Project is a one-year collaborative endeavor involving a number of volunteer OCUL member libraries. There are two related components to the project:

  • The development of a secure, easy to use web application for the discovery and downloading of digital materials in accessible formats.
  • The development of the Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries, offering librarians and library administrators critical resources with respect to the procurement and distribution of accessible content.

Building on the expertise and hands-on experience of Ontario Universities to provide accessible textual resources, the ACE Pilot Project will continue foster a collaborative approach to exploring the necessary mechanisms to establish a service to support all of Ontario’s twenty-one Universities.

 

Outcomes

Find out about the ACE Pilot Project achievements in Issue 9 of the OCUL Quarterly.
 

ACE Repository

Read about the Accessible Content E-Portal, now an ongoing Scholars Portal service!

Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries

Read about and download this helpful toolkit for all OCUL libraries.

 

Find out more

For more information about the ACE Pilot Project contact Katya Pereyaslavska, Project Manager at:

Email: katya@scholarsportal.info
Phone: 416-946-8616

For more information on the EnAbling Change Program or for answers about the AODA and compliance with the standards, please call the ServiceOntario AODA Contact Centre at:

Toll-free: 1-866-515-2025
TTY: 416-325-3408/ Toll-free: 1-800-268-7095
Fax: 416-325-3407

For more resources on understanding and complying with accessibility standards please visit: ontario.ca/AccessON