Accessibility Initiatives

Accessibility Information Toolkit (2013-2014)

This online toolkit was produced by the University of Toronto Libraries in partnership with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and with support from the Government of Ontario.

The toolkit explained institutional obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and provided examples of accessibility best practices in the context of Ontario university libraries. The toolkit was created to help OCUL members understand AODA legislation and/or regulations, with the ability for excerpts to be adopted, revised or incorporated into institutional guides, policies or other supporting documentation.

Please email ocul [at] if you have any questions about the toolkit.

Report on Accessible Media (2015)

The Report on Accessible Media (ROAM) is a research study on accessible media delivery at Ontario universities. Commissioned by OCUL, the study identifies a range of service options available to Ontario’s university libraries to ensure fair and equitable access to video collections held at university libraries across the province.
ROAM aims to:

  • provide a detailed analysis of potential costs and benefits of a variety of approaches to video captioning and delivery of accessible media educational materials
  • provide clarity on sharing video captioning under Canadian law
  • assist Ontario Universities in becoming AODA compliant and serving students and faculty most effectively

The final report includes:

  • an environmental scan including current practices, legal framework and future trends
  • technology workflows and methodologies
  • questions and some answers for libraries about accessible media provision
  • options for libraries to provide accessible collections
  • a directory of commercial and crowd-sourced services specializing in accessible media production
  • best practices and suggested resource

Download the report