Curriculum Design

Making teaching accessible is as important as teaching accessibility

Ontario has the opportunity to be a global leader in accessibility education, and an obligation to provide students with the skills necessary to be successful in their educational process and employable at the end of it.

With the AODA goal of an accessible Ontario by 2025 it is vital to begin accessibility education and training for all trades and disciplines now by strategically incorporating accessibility education into fields of study. With the UN’s CRPD and emerging global accessibility procurement criteria, our global competitiveness depends on it.

We must implement accessibility education in a broad range of curricula to create future policy makers, technologists, and bureaucrats who think, design and produce inclusively.

At Roll a Mile we encourage faculty and facilitators to incorporate accessibility education into your lesson plans and can assist with accessibility education curriculum design, implementation and delivery.


Importance of Accessible Education Curricula - Accessibility in Higher Education Panel, The International Accessibility Summit 2014

Strategic implementation of accessibility into curricula across all disciplines will create a future generation of accessibility minded individuals creating accessible products, services and spaces. Explores the importance of including accessibility in the curriculum, looks at examples of global accessibility education models, and analyzes opportunities and experiences of accessibility curriculum models that have strategically implemented accessibility in a broad range of curricula across a broad range of disciplines, from primary to post-secondary studies.

Compares disciplines including accessibility education such as: Universal / Inclusive Design, Disability Studies, A.O.D.A. Specific, Healthcare, Technological, Discipline Specific, Awareness, and Experiential; and reviews commonalities in delivery, curriculum, approach, methodology, attitude and results; as well as the various approaches to accessibility education including: critical thinking perspective; social justice and human rights; theoretical; historical; empowerment theory and strengths perspective; and before / after.


An Accessible Educational Curriculum That Includes Accessibility – The Accessibility Conference at the University of Guelph, 2013

Reframing the narrative beyond making the curriculum accessible, we explore the importance of including accessibility in the curriculum, analyzing opportunities and experiences of the Japanese and UK models that strategically implemented accessibility in a broad range of curriculums, thus creating a future generation of accessibility minded individuals. An accessible Ontario by 2025 includes educational curriculums that incorporating accessibility across all disciplines.