The local English Catholic school board is working to make learning more accessible for all of its students.

St Clair Catholic trustees have given the green light to the board’s accessibility plan for the coming school year.

In keeping both the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the board is continuing the work of removing and preventing barriers in schools across the region.

“The St. Clair Catholic District School Board has integrated both accessibility plans (ODA and AODA) to meet our obligations under Acts,” said Superintendent of Education Lisa Demers.  “Our plan is a review of the efforts undertaken by the Board during 2021-2022 to remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities.  It also outlines the policies, procedures, programs, practices and services that we will look to in the 2022-2023 school year, as we continue to identify, remove and prevent barriers.”

The accessibility plan also includes policies, procedures, programs, practices and services that will be given a closer look heading into the 2022-2023 school year.

That includes technological barriers, with the board working to increase access to and training with voice to text and text to speech software as well as other assistive devices, and expanding the board’s wireless network in schools.

The Accessibility Working Group will now shift towards implementation of the province’s K-12 Education Standards Development Committee’s findings to advance new accessibility standards locally.