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St. Lawrence College is committed to providing a barrier free learning and working environment. It strives to accommodate individuals with disabilities so that they may share the same level of access to opportunities, participate in the full range of activities that the college offers, and achieve their full potential as equal members of the college community.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilites Act (AODA) is our guide for this work at the College. Visit our Corporate Website to access our Accessibility Plans & Reports.

College Services

Accommodations 101: Faculty Reference Guide for Students with Disabilities

The faculty guide was developed by our Counselling & Accessibility Services department to equip faculty with the tools & information they require to meet the unique needs of our students with disabilities.

Student Perspective

Tips from Students with Disabilities

Hear what students have to say about making their learning more accessible.

Adaptive Technology Demonstration

Live demonstration of Zoom Text, Jaws, Kurzweil, and Dragon Naturally Speaking, by students from California State University (CSU).

"From Where I Sit"

This powerful video series features eight CSU students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom.


Individual Interviews with four students

These videos feature the experiences of three Algonquin College Students

Student with Cerebral Palsy

Student with dyslexia

Student with vision impairment (1)

Student with vision impairment (2)

What is AODA?

One in seven people in Ontario have a disability and, over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages. The Government of Ontario passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005. The goal is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025 and to ensure that people of all abilities have opportunities to participate fully in everyday life. Read More

Legal Requirements

AODA: At A Glance

WCAG: At A Glance

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilites Act (AODA)

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

Tools & Resources: Inhouse

Several hands-on workshops (1.5 hours each) are available for staff and faculty who would like to learn how to create accessible documents, presentations, tests and forms in a lab environment. 

For managers who would like their teams to know more about the AODA and the implications for college employees, Orientation sessions (1/2 hour) are available.   Contact to schedule one-on-one training, a department presentation, hands-on workshop or virtual sessions through WebEx. 

The files listed below can also be used by those who prefer to learn independently.

Workshop Materials

Getting Started

Guiding Principles

CNIB: Clear Print Guidelines

AODA Orientation Session

AODA Overview Presentation

Microsoft Word

Quick Reference Sheet

Creating Accessible Documents

Interactive Training Document

Microsoft PowerPoint

Quick Reference Sheet

Creating Accessible Presentations

Fillable PDF Forms

Acrobat Forms: A How To Guide

Creating Fillable PDF Forms

Interactive Training Form Template

Are Your Tests Accessible?

Tip:  When designing tests that have to go to the Test Centre, please: keep files simple & unformatted; and make sure that you can increase the text size to 24 pt or 28 pt. without compromizing usability.

Online Training Resources

Accessibility of MS Office Files

This site can help you create accessible office documents.

This site was developed by the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University as part of an EnAbling Change (Big Idea) Partnership project with the Government of Ontario and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Creating Accessible MS Office Files

This training module from provides information on how to create accessible Word, PowerPoint and Excel files.

Creating & Remediating PDF Files

This series of online training modules from include:

Accessible PDFs: A Tour

Making scanned files accessible

PDF Accessibility Requirements

Is this PDF Currently Accessible?



Improve Learning Outcomes

The benefits of providing captioned and subtitled video to dramatically improve learning outcomes, has been proven through significant research conducted over the past 30 years...Read more


Closed captioning offers a text-based version of audio-based video presentations.

Closed captioning supports students with hearing or processing-related challenges.

Captioning Services

The college currently supports video production (including captioning services) through the Panopto Media Server.

When a student has an accommodation requiring video captioning, all videos contained within the students courses can be captioned (providing we adhere to copyright laws). 

This is part of a service agreement held by the IT Services group. The typical turnaround time on video captioning is 24-48 hours.


Steps for Faculty:

Once a request from a student or the Counselling & AccessAbility Services office is received:

1. Upload video(s) to Panopto
If you need support uploading videos onto Panopto, connect with your eLearning Specialist for support.

2. Contact the IT Service Desk with course information (e.g. course code, faculty name, etc.) and indicate that videos in that course need to be captioned to assist a student with this accommodation.

Note: do not identify the student by name or student number.

Phone: 613-544-5400 Ext. 4357


Do you have concerns about copyright law adherence?

Faculty are encouraged to contact for guidance.

Universal Design Tip

Select instructional videos with built-in accessibility features such as closed captioning or transcript.

Accessibility and UDL

"Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design."
Ron Mace

By incorporating the principles of Universal Design in the classroom, courses will effortlessly become more inclusive.

Universal Design (University of Ontario: Institute of Technology) provides best practices information & resources:

Faculty Guidelines

Accessible Instruction

Accessible Evaluation

Accessibility in Laboratores

Accessible Event Planning Resource


Online Modules & Checklists

UDL Checklist

Positive Learning Environments
(See section entitled:  Designing an Inclusive Learning Experience)

Accessible Instruction
(Online module developed by University of Ontario, Institute of Technology)

UDL in Higher Education: Promising Practices
Book, edited and compiled by Sheryl E. Burgstahler, (author of Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice) includes a compilation of UDL practices in place from faculty members globally.

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Tips for Classroom Teachers with Visually Impaired students

Hybrid & Online Courses

Concise, SCANNABLE, and Objective: How to Write for the Web

Online Content Accessibility Checklist

Online Course Best Practices


External Links

Large portions of this section of the website have been adapted from materials originally developed at University of Washington, Penn State University, California State University (CSU), and Algonquin College. We are grateful to them for allowing us to share their content.

Algonquin College: Accessibility Office

California State University: Accessible Technology Initiative

California State University:  Professional Development for Accessible Techology

Penn State University: Accessibility & Usability

Washington University: DO-IT Promoting inclusion and success for people with disabilities

Feedback & Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for additional content, or if you would like to book some one-on-one time, contact our AODA Adaptive Technologist:


Valerie East
613-544-5400 x. 1127