Accessibility Plan

Introduction

In 2013, the Province of Manitoba announced the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, which requires organizations to develop and implement plans to enhance accessibility in five areas: Customer Service, Employment, Information and Communications, Design of Public Spaces and Transportation.

The Act focuses first on government and publicly funded organizations, including post-secondary institutions to meet the standards as they are released over several years.

The first standards for Customer Service came into effect November 1, 2015, with compliance required by November 1, 2017. The second standard for Employment came into effect May 1, 2019 with compliance required by May 2021. This plan addresses meeting and exceeding those standards while laying the groundwork for future standards as they are rolled out.

The Red River College (RRC) Accessibility plan will be reviewed and updated bi-annually ensuring that the Colleges’ commitment towards accessibility remains at the forefront.

Statement of Commitment

Red River College is committed to developing a culture of diversity and inclusivity for the communities we serve. We believe in equal access to education, and as one of the province’s leading post-secondary institutions, we are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming, supportive and respectful of the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

Red River College is committed to continuing its work to remove barriers to post-secondary education, and to promote access and participation in all aspects and activities of the College. Building on decades of inclusion and the establishment of best practices, it is the responsibility of each member of the College community — including employees, students, alumni, volunteers and their representative organizations — to play a part in creating an equitable and inclusive environment. While individuals must satisfy the requirement of their course of study or employment, we commit to making reasonable accommodations that may be required to allow persons with disabilities to be successful.

We believe in inclusion and we will continue our work to meet, and exceed where possible, the mandate of The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).

Accessibility Plan Committee

The 2016 plan was developed by the Accessibility Plan Committee. The Committee laid the groundwork for this work and has since disbanded. The College’s Diversity and Inclusion Specialist now oversee this plan under the direction of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Melanie Gudmundson. Questions and concerns regarding accessibility at the College can be directed to diversity@rrc.ca.