Accessibility Falls Short at uOttawa

September 29, 2014

Accessibility Falls Short at uOttawa


For immediate release

Monday, September 29th, 2014

OTTAWA – The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD), a service of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), is disappointed that many students, faculty, and staff at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) continue to face considerable barriers on campus.

While the uOttawa administration claims to be overspending on crucial accessibility-mandated departments such as Access Services, the reality is these departments are facing significant budget cuts. Even with steadily rising tuition fees, the administration has not allocated the funds necessary to meet basic accessibility needs for students including adequate elevators, note-takers, and alternative exam spaces.

The current Grand Allée Renewal Project is a perfect example of uOttawa’s prioritization. ‘Although these exterior updates are necessary, there seems to be no plan to deal with accessibility inside the university. Tabaret Hall in particular is one of the most vital buildings on campus, and yet is largely inaccessible.’ says Alex Lépine, Campaigns Supervisor of the CSD. Currently, Tabaret Hall’s few accessible entrances lead to the basement and a cramped elevator that barely accommodates the most lean and maneuverable of wheelchairs.

In light of the upcoming #inaccessibleUOttawa Week, the CSD invites the university to work with them in addressing long-standing accessibility issues on campus and demands they re-examine their budget and commit an appropriate amount for Access Services and for renovations that would make campus accessible to all students.

The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is a student-run service centre for education and advocacy, as well as a drop-in space. The CSD offers events, services, and campaigns focused on disability and accessibility and is open to all identities and abilities who wish to work together in challenging ableism in our community.

 

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For more information contact:

Norah Dillion, CSD Coordinator, SFUO
613-562-5800 x2683 / csd@sfuo.ca