Sharing Knowledge: December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber (Humber) are committed to providing an accessible learning, working, and living environment for the Humber community. It is Humber’s goal to create a community that is inclusive of all persons and supports all members of the community in an equitable manner. In creating such a community, Humber aims to foster a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of all persons.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) in 1992. It is an international, annual observance intended to promote understanding of disability issues and the importance of the dignity, rights, well-being, and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

The UN’s theme for this year is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world“.

Humber supports and facilitates the accommodation of individuals, students and staff, with disabilities. Accommodations ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to all the opportunities that Humber offers. Humber will work to eliminate or minimize the adverse effects of all forms of barriers.

Humber is committed to supporting the goals of the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Humber’s policies, practices and procedures which are consistent with the accessibility standards established under the AODA, to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities. For example, the Accessibility Policy and Human Rights Policy. The goal is to become a barrier-free environment in Humber’s activities including the learning, working and living environment.

Achieving the above stated goals depends on the participation of each member of the Humber community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers, and guests. Each of these parties has a role in creating an equitable and inclusive environment, as well as in the accommodation process and the identification, removal, and/or reduction of barriers. The consultative relationship among members of the Humber community is based upon a shared desire for an open, supportive learning, working, and living environment and a shared respect for individual rights and dignity.