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Accessibility and Disability Inclusion

In recent months faculty and staff at the School have been creating a plan for - and taking actions towards - greater accessibility and disability inclusion at the McMaster School of Social Work. The plans and actions are in keeping with the School’s philosophy, and reflect an ongoing commitment to learning about and enhancing accessibility and disability inclusion at the School and in the broader community.

Mar 15, 2016

Over the past year faculty and staff at the School have been creating a plan for - and taking actions towards - greater accessibility and disability inclusion at the McMaster School of Social Work. The plans and actions are in keeping with the School’s philosophy, and reflect an ongoing commitment to learning about and enhancing accessibility and disability inclusion at the School and in the broader community.

Our ideas, intentions and plans have been informed by a report prepared by Alise deBie in collaboration with other social work students with disabilities, Enhancing Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in McMaster’s School of Social Work. This report paints a comprehensive picture of difficulties students with disabilities are experiencing in multiple domains in the School (admission and navigation, placements and 'professional suitability', accommodations, universal design in assignments, and feeling welcome as a student with a disability) and offers multiple specific recommendations for change.

Here is the McMaster University School of Social Work: Commitments and Plans for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion.

This document and the changes and initiatives it describes are very much works in progress. We welcome input from the entire School community.