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Ontario Arts Council

2017 Annual Status Report on Year Five of OAC’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

In 2017, the Ontario Arts Council continued to comply with its requirements under the AODA and undertook a number of accessibility-related initiatives, which included:
  • Refining its inclusive application policy and process to improve the way in which OAC receives and responds to accommodation requests.
  • Beginning to develop an assessor accommodation policy to support assessors in their duties for OAC.
  • Holding a learning session for staff on Deaf culture. Topics included a history of Deaf people in Ontario, including experiences of the education system; Deaf culture and communication; terms of reference that are familiar to Deaf people and that shape the context of Deaf artists’ work, concepts, themes and approaches; and the professional challenges and opportunities that Deaf artists face.
  • Convening further meetings of its Deaf and Disability Arts and Access Advisory Group and continuing to collect feedback from Deaf artists and artists with disabilities on how OAC policies, programs and services impact the community.
  • Consulting with the Deaf community on developing a sign language interpretation policy for OAC.
  • Partnering with the Deaf Culture Centre and Small Language Connections on a grant writing training and mentorship program for Deaf artists.
  • Supporting the production of an information booklet on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and arts grants by the community-led ODSP and Arts Committee.
  • Developing its next Multi-Year Accessibility Plan for 2018 to 2021 with input and feedback from the OAC Deaf and Disability Arts and Access Advisory Group as well as its Deaf and Disability Arts and Access Advisory Committee.
  • Submitting a report to the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario confirming the organization’s compliance with the AODA.