What is accessibility?

Accessibility is all about how easy it is to use and benefit from something.

For many of us, access to education, employment, and the community are essential to living a fulfilled life. Our ability to engage with, use, participate in, and belong to, the world around us contributes to our confidence and well-being.

Imagine a Fanshawe College where all people are able to go wherever they want to go, do whatever they need to do, and be accepted no matter what their abilities. We do, and we're committed to making it happen as best we can.

Accessibility does not need to be complicated. It simply means making our information, services, and environment available to as many people as possible. To make the same opportunities and benefits available to people of all abilities, we must improve how easy it is for everyone to engage with our programs, supports, technologies, activities and physical spaces.

Accessibility benefits everyone. That's why Fanshawe College has strategies to improve how easy it is for everyone, regardless of abilities or impairments, to use and benefit from our information, services, and environment. We believe in offering a very inclusive environment. It is important for us to ensure that people of all abilities enjoy a premier learning, student life and career preparation experience.

Read Fanshawe's 2021-2022 Accessibility Plan (PDF)

View Fanshawe's latest Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (PDF)

Explore Fanshawe College policies relating to accessibility and accommodation

Emergency plan

Do you require assistance in case of an emergency? Not sure? Complete the Personal Emergency Plan Questionnaire. If you responded "yes" to any of the questions, we recommend that you have a plan. Please contact Counselling and Accessibility Services (students) or your manager (employees) to start the process.

View Personal Emergency Plan Guidelines  (PDF)

View Workplace Emergency Response Information (PDF)

View the Fanshawe Emergency Plan (PDF)

Emergency Management Office

Accessibility accommodation and support

Information for students and employees


For students

Early identification

By identifying your disability early, you're setting yourself up for success! Complete the Early Identification Intake Application form so that accommodations can be in place before you start school in September or January. We will then contact you by email with details of what to do next.

Early ID

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Struggling with anxiety?

Get help for yourself or a friend at mindyourmind.ca.


Accessible format service at the library

Library and Media Services at Fanshawe College is committed to providing access to services and collections to all students, faculty and staff of the College. Where library facilities or services are inaccessible, we will do our best to accommodate users with disabilities to examine sources, retrieve materials, and access services.

Library and Media Services is pleased to announce Fanshawe’s partnership in the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) service. To make library collections accessible for patrons with print disabilities, ACE is an accessible texts repository which contains electronic books in five different accessible formats.

Library and Media Services - Accessibility

Important links

Accessibility Services

Important info for new students with disabilities

Accommodating Applicants and Students

Testing Centre

Learning Centre

The Institute of Indigenous Learning

Library and Media Services - Accessibility

Ombuds Office

For employees

We value and embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. As a community leader and an institution of higher learning, Fanshawe College is committed to promoting equal opportunity in the workplace. We aim to embed this commitment in every aspect of what we do. In collaboration with our community, we continually work towards the achievement of a diversified and equitably representative workforce. Our goal is to provide an inclusive, respectful and safe workplace.

This goes hand in hand with our effort to make the College more accessible. We believe diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility help equip us to better meet the challenges of today's world.

We also recognize that individual accommodations may be necessary to fully realize your employment goals. If you require an accommodation as a new employee with a disability, an employee with a newly-acquired or temporary disability, or are returning to work following illness or injury, we want to ensure you have the support that you need.

Employees, please contact your manager if you require accommodations.

Important links

Find out more about Fanshawe's policies and practices to address issues of employment equity and inclusion:

Working at Fanshawe


For everyone

Fanshawe believes in offering an inclusive and supportive environment and services to all people, at all times. From time to time, some services at the College may be disrupted.

System notices

Fanshawe will share information about major disruptions and emergency conditions on our website, staff and student portals; through the emergency computer notification system; on our overhead paging system; and through local media.

Building/Facilities disruptions

We provide notification of these at the site, including details about when the service is expected to resume and information about other similar facilities or services, as appropriate.

The information on this website is available in alternative formats for persons with disabilities. For assistance, please call 519-452-4282 or contact accessibility@fanshawec.ca.



Accessibility legislation (AODA) and training

Information about the AODA legislation



On June 13, 2005, the Ontario Legislature passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which received Royal Assent on June 24, 2005. Under this landmark legislation, the government of Ontario aims to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities.  The goal is to make Ontario accessible to all persons with disabilities by 2025 by providing consistent, equal opportunity to access and benefit from goods, services, facilities, accommodation and employment across the province.

The AODA has allowed the government to develop accessibility standards for both the public and private sectors and to enforce them through detailed regulations, which are being phased in and become effective over time.

Why does Ontario need Accessibility Standards?

  • By 2031, over 6 million people in Ontario will be either living with a disability or be 55 years of age or over, accounting for 40% of all income;
  • By learning how to serve people with disabilities, organizations and businesses may attract more customers and improve their services for everyone;
  • Accessibility benefits everyone;
  • Beyond being good for business, it's the right thing to do.


What are the Accessibility Standards?

  • Customer Service
  • Employment
  • Information & Communication
  • Transportation
  • Built Environment

More links to the AODA legislation and information

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

Integrated standards

Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001

Ontario Human Rights Code


All employees of Fanshawe College, including full and part-time faculty, support staff, administrators and contractors, and those who interact on Fanshawe's behalf, are required by law to complete accessibility training.

Training brochures (PDF)

For all employees, volunteers or service providers

Changes to Customer Service Standards, July 2016

The information on this website is available in alternative formats for persons with disabilities. For assistance, please call 519-452-4282 or contact accessibility@fanshawec.ca.



We invite your input!

Fanshawe students and staff are invited to give us their comments and suggestions regarding accessibility. We want to know what you think about how accessible our services are.

Accessibility feedback form

Alternative formats

The information on this website is available in alternative formats for persons with disabilities. For assistance, please call 519-452-4282 or contact accessibility@fanshawec.ca.