Accessibility funding

Accessibility and Accommodations Fund

This one-time fund of $50,000.00 has been established by the Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic, to support direct financial costs associated with enhancing the accessibility of learning environments and experiences on campus, as well as meeting student accommodation requests that do not create undue hardship to the university.

Background

The province of Nova Scotia passed the Accessibility Act in 2017 which requires commitment and action to prevent and remove barriers to post-secondary education for students with disabilities. Several accessibility standards are under development including education - one of the first standards to launch.

The goal of the fund is to support implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL “… is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all.”[2]

Eligibility

We invite applications from Dalhousie faculty and staff. Applications must clearly demonstrate that financial costs are directly linked to enhancing the accessibility of learning environments and experiences on campus.

Submit an Application

For more details, please review the full terms of reference and application requirements:

Need more information? Please contact access@dal.ca.

Sample Projects

Looking for ideas? Here are a few approved projects.

  • Development of virtual lab experiments to complement in-person experiments
  • Captioning recorded lectures/videos
  • Open source accessible imaging
  • Improved access to assistive technology

[1] “Until Learning Has No Limits.” CAST, 19 Aug. 2019, www.cast.org/.