Accessibility in Our Schools
In June 2021, the Accessible British Columbia Act was enacted. It provides a framework to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to accessibility. The new law is important in making B.C. a more accessible province.
The Act requires prescribed organizations, including school districts, to establish an accessibility committee to assist in identifying barriers to individuals in or interacting with the organization and advise the organization on how to remove and prevent those barriers. Accessibility committees must be representative and diverse.
Under the law, Public Services, including the Education sector, must meet all three of the following requirements:
1. Establish an accessibility committee
2. Develop an accessibility plan; and
3. Establish a process for receiving public feedback
The committee is following the structure outlined in the Accessible British Columbia Act. The Accessibility Committee will provide advice to the district on identifying, preventing, and eliminating barriers to accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.