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Accessibility Plan Part 2 – Accessibility Plan A

A. STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Winnipeg School Division is committed to moving toward equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with visible and invisible disabilities in ways that allow them to maintain dignity and independence. We believe in inclusion. We are committed to meeting the needs of people who face accessibility barriers. We will do this by identifying, removing and preventing barriers and by adhering to the requirements of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).
The Winnipeg School Division is committed to:

  • Maintaining an Accessibility for Manitobans (AMA) Steering Committee
  • Continuing the process of consulting with persons with disabilities
  • Ensuring, whenever practical, that Board policies, procedures and practices are consistent with the principles of accessibility and inclusive/universal design. The WSD Accessibility for Manitobans (AMA) Steering Committee will provide input regarding accessibility issues, where appropriate, with regard to new policies and procedures and to those under review;
  • Improving access to facilities, policies, programs, and practices, services for students, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers and members of the community. Consideration of ongoing identification of barriers will be the responsibility of the WSD Accessibility for Manitobans (AMA) Steering Committee and will, whenever possible, be incorporated in the WSD Accessibility Plan.

Governance

Winnipeg School Division has responded to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act with a series of committees. The first WSD AMA Steering Committee meeting occurred May 2016 with several meetings thereafter.

The WSD AMA Steering Committee is chaired by Superintendent of Education Services, Equity, Diversity, Inclusive Education. Members of the AMA Steering Committee reflect a variety of senior administration from various departments within the division.

The mandate of the WSD AMA Steering Committee is to oversee and promote the division’s compliance with the act and with each standard as released until the plan is completed (projected 2023). In addition, the committee will help implement parts of the Strategic Plan in particular providing accessibility and reasonable accommodations for students and staff with visible and invisible disabilities.

The committee must have regard for principles in carrying out its mandate including:

  • Access: person’s should have barrier free access to places, events and other functions available to the community.
  • Equality: persons should have barrier-free access equal opportunity and outcomes.
  • Universal Design: assess should be provided that does not establish or perpetuate a person’s disability.
  • Systemic Responsibility: prevent and remove barriers.

In addition, Winnipeg School Division has several committees that respond to various needs including accessibility:

  • Arts Education Committee
  • Career Education Committee
  • Crisis Response Committee
  • Curriculum and Implementation Committee
  • Developing Safe School Committee
  • EAL/Newcomer Committee
  • Enrichment and Innovation Committee
  • Human Rights Committee
  • Inclusion Support Committee
  • Inclusion across the Rainbow Subcommittee
  • Indigenous Education Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Literacy Committee
  • Mathematics Committee
  • Mental Health Committee
  • Physical Education and Healthy Lifestyles Committee
  • School Resource Officers Committee
  • Strength Based Learning Committee
  • Student Support Services Committee
  • Winnipeg School Division/Winnipeg Police Service Joint Committee

Part 2 Section B

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