Mom of the day | The undertaking was launched to fulfill the Manitoba Accessible Info and Communications Requirements
November 27, 2023 —
The college has launched a brand new undertaking to fulfill Manitoba’s info and communications accessibility requirements beneath the Accessibility for Manitobans Act. This commonplace is meant to assist organizations establish, cut back and remove boundaries confronted by members of the general public making an attempt to entry info. On the college, this contains all staff, college students and guests who use on-line campus assets. Along with authorized compliance, the usual bylaw advantages our college neighborhood by:
- Enhancing accessibility for people of all skills.
- Eradicating boundaries that exist on-line, in print, or via technological or interpersonal interactions.
- Strengthening the college’s dedication to equality, variety, and inclusion.
- Make sure that neighborhood members with accessibility wants can present enter to assist the College tackle particular accessibility considerations.
The unified regulation requires public sector establishments, libraries and academic establishments to:
- Ensure internet purposes and content material are accessible.
- Inform the general public and staff about requesting info in accessible codecs.
- Present a suggestions course of for accessible info and communication.
- Present accessible communications coaching.
- Doc all insurance policies, procedures, and practices associated to accessible info.
The deadline for compliance is Might 1, 2024.
Within the following months, the undertaking crew will collaborate with stakeholders to assessment and replace insurance policies, work with web site content material authors by offering a software to evaluate whether or not content material meets the requirements and supply accessibility coaching on the usual to the college neighborhood.
Adherence to the usual is a shared accountability. Staff in all areas of the college shall be requested to help in assembly compliance necessities. For instance, all digital content material authors might want to tackle areas of their web site that do not meet requirements, similar to PDF recordsdata. The undertaking will present the mandatory coaching and instruments to assist authors meet this requirement.
Because the undertaking will get underway, extra details about what school and workers ought to do shall be made accessible on the Accessibility Middle on the UM intranet. Please be at liberty to contact Challenge Supervisor Suvojit De (Suvojit (dot) De1 (at) umanitoba (dot) ca) when you have any questions or considerations. For extra info and extra assets about the usual, please go to the Info and Communications Accessibility Requirements web site.
Thanks in your cooperation and assist.