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Accessibility Plan Part 2 – Accessibility Plan C

WSD’s Accessibility Plan is an on-going document.

Feedback is continually welcomed to improve accessibility and inclusiveness within the division.
Any questions or feedback on the WSD Accessibility Plan can be directed to the Accessibility Coordinator.
Contact Person: Fatima Mota
Phone: 204-775-0231
Email: fmota@wsd1.org
Date: December 2016 (updated March 2018)

The action/initiatives on the following pages indicate one or more of the following timeframes:

  • Complete
  • Ongoing
  • Short term (completion expected within 12 months)
  • Mid term (completion expected in 1 to 3 years)
  • Long term (completion expected in 3 to 5 years)

General Accessibility

​Establish accessibility working group.
  • ​The Superintendent, Education Services, Equity and Diversity, Inclusive Education was appointed as Accessibility Coordinator in May 2016.
  • A working group called the WSD AMA Steering Committee was established in May 2016 and provides representation across the division. The Steering Committee meets regularly to review feedback from departments and schools in the division, to develop and implement the action plan and to address immediate accessibility issues.

​Establish and maintain an Accessibility Plan.
  • ​WSD has developed and id maintaining a plan that is updated at least every two years.
  • The plan is posted online and shared with all staff.
  • WSD Buildings Department has produced a Building and Systems Assessment report which includes accessibility status. 

​Consultation with students and parents of students with disabilities.
  • ​In developing the WSD Accessibility Plan, all schools and parent councils were invited to provide input on the barriers to accessibility. The feedback on achievements and barriers to accessibility have been incorporated into our Accessibility Plan.
  • Further consultation with staff, students and parents of students with disabilities continues to occur. The WSD Accessibility plan is an ongoing – document. Feedback is continually welcomed to improve accessibility and inclusiveness within the division.
  • Schools and departments completed an annual form to assist in identifying, preventing and removing barriers.


for 2018
​Develop and implement a WSD Accessibility Policy.
  • ​WSD will develop an Accessibility Policy to achieve accessibility through AMA regulations.
​Mid term
​Ensure accessible transportation to attend school for students with disabilities.
  • ​WSD provides integrated, accessible school transportation, or appropriate alternative accessible transportation services for students with disabilities where integrated services are not possible or not the best option due to the nature of the disability or safety concerns.
  • Consult with parents and develop individual school transportation plans for students with disabilities.

Staff training
  • ​All WSD staff, volunteers, trustees and substitutes complete training by video tutorial onhow to interact and communicate with persons disabled by barriers.
  • The training video tutorial is required training for new employees.


​All policies, programs, services and new initiatives will be reviewed to work toward accessibility.
  • ​Consultation with schools and parent councils.
  • Consultation with students with disabilities and parents of students with disabilities.
  • Consultation with Board of Trustees Policy and Program Committee.

​Review WSD programs and policies through a disability lens.
  • ​WSD ensures barriers for people with disabilities are taken into account when developing new programs and policies.
  • WSD will ensure all division policies follow existing legislation.
  • Awareness and information on measures,policies and practices are shared with principals and vice principals to ensure that communication takes into account any barrier that may exist.

Mid term

​Ensure school events/assemblies are accessible.
  • ​WSD has posted information on the WSD Community Use website to notify school communities that arrangements to accessibility are available.
  • WSD will ensure that when schools are organizing events, preparation includes gathering information on removing barriers for people with disabilities.

​Welcome people with service animals to enter a place where the public, customers or guests are generally allowed.
  • ​WSD policy supports the use of a certified service animal in schools requested by a parent/guardian or employee as long as the appropriate planning and preparation have taken place.
  • WSD and the Human Rights Commission recognize the definition of Service Animal is evolving and WSD will continue to review its Certified Animal Policy to ensure it remains current.

Physical and Architectural

​Install elevators and or lifts to provide full or partial access as required.
  • WSD has 59 locations that have either Elevator(s), and/or lifts to providing full or partial access within the facility.  
  • Projects are prioritized by PSFB based on student needs. There are 20 facilities requiring elevator(s)/lifts.
  • New elevator at Luxton school is under construction and replacement elevator at Kelvin is under way.  J.B. Mitchell elevator project to be tendered this year.  Design approval received from Province for Isaac Newton and Sisler (to access 2nd floor), intention is to tender in the next two years. As part of Gymnasium addition, new elevator has been installed to make gymnasium accessible form main school
​Long term
​Install ramps at exterior entrances to facilities that do not currently have access.
  • The majority of the WSD facilities have one or more direct access to buildings either by ramps, elevators or paths.
  • WSD will include exterior ramps to provide access to main entrances where required as part of WSD maintenance projects.
  • Ramps or ramped sidewalks at entrances (versus stairs) have been completed at Tyndall Park School and Tec Voc High School.
​Mid term
​Install door operators at entrances for accessibility.
  • One or more auto door operators are located at accessible entrances at 45 facilities.
  • WSD will include automatic door operators to exterior entrances as part of WSD maintenance projects.
  • ADO's been installed (as new installations or additional operators) or are currently underway at 11 facilities.

​Long term
​Install accessible washrooms to all new construction or renovation projects, where required.
  • 73 locations have accessible washrooms.
  • WSD will include accessible washrooms for all future builds and renovation projects. Accessibility considerations as well as student safety/comfort. 73 locations have either a UTR and/or Accessible Washrooms available. 
  • Accessible washrooms have been competed at David Livingston, Luxton and Laura Secord schools.
​Long term
​Install visibility strips to all new stair installations. Add visibility strips to existing stairs.
  • ​37 locations have visibility strips on either or both the interior and exterior stairs.
  • WSD will include visibility strips as part of our design standards going forward and as part of maintenance projects.
​Short term

​Provide access to play space and accessible route within the play space boundary. Provide adequate accessible ground and elevated play component
  • ​Currently 25 play structures are fully accessible.
  • WSD will specify accessible play structure design for future builds and replacements.
​Long term

Information and Communication

​Ensure communication with a person disabled by a barrier is done in a way that removes the barrier. For example, use easy-to-read fonts and plain language.
  • ​The standard font for Winnipeg School Division is Arial 12 which represents an easily scalable font.
  • WSD Public Relations Services introduced subtitles on all on-line videos starting in 2014. In May, 2016, all publications produced by WSD include a notification stating “This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. For more information contact: Public Relations Services etc”.
  • A reminder notice to all staff about the availability of alternative formats is included regularly in the weekly staff online bulletin.
  • WSD Library Support Services provides a resource rich lending library of materials for classrooms and teachers across the division in multiple formats, including digitally.
​Welcome the use of assistive devices to remove or reduce barriers. Do not charge fees for use of on-site assistive devices, such hearing technology, descriptive video, or wheelchairs.
  • ​WSD has implemented an assistive technology called Readspeaker on its multiple web-based platforms for people who are blind or vision impaired. 
  • WSD is exploring improved access to FM signal or hearing aids for students who are hard of hearing and technology and software for level 1 and 2 students.
  • Sound field systems have been installed in several classrooms to ensure that these students can hear classroom instruction and direction. These systems are installed as required

Long term

Inform the public when there are temporary barriers to buildings, spaces or services. An example is if the elevator is out of order.​
  • ​WSD Buildings Department exhibits signs at locations where temporary barriers exist.
  • Long term barriers are communicated to school communities (ie. Parents/guardians) via letter and posted on the WSD and school websites.
​Introduce a process to receive and respond to feedback, including what action will be taken to respond to complaints. Make the information about the feedback process readily available to the public on-site, on the webpage and offer alternate format.
  • ​WSD has an Accessibility Feedback link on the division’s main website and all school sites.


Create barrier-free access to goods and services, so they benefit everyone as intended. For example remove boxes or other obstructions from hallways.​
  • ​WSD publishes a bi-monthly reminder in the weekly Bulletin (to all employees) to remind schools and building managers to ensure hallways, meeting rooms, classrooms and other access areas are cleared of all obstructions.
​Welcome support persons to enter and remain with your customer. Avoid charges for a support person when possible. If there is an admission fee for a support person, give advance notice to the customer.
  • ​Information on use of support persons, assistive devices, service animals and built environment is provided to principals and vice-principals annually to facilitate barrier-free access to goods and services.
​Achieve a culture where mental health and well-being are embedded into every student’s school experience.
  • ​WSD has implemented Mental Health Literacy workshops for all staff.
  • Healthy Minds week in May promotes positive mental health achievements within the school division over the past year.

​Develop a recruiting and employment procedure for applicants with disabilities.
  • ​WSD is informing its employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applications with disabilities in its recruitment and selection processes.