Identifying Accessibility Barriers
Below are potential accessibility barriers found in schools across BC.
- Educators do not consistently allow for alternative ways for students to represent their learning.
- Communication with students and guardians about assignments was provided inconsistently in various classes, resulting in some students not knowing or understanding what they needed to do for homework.
- Some community members identified that it was difficult to navigate the school website and to locate information they hoped to access.
Physical and Architecture Environment Barriers
- Many classrooms have noise issues that make it difficult for some students due to auditory sensitivities.
- Most classrooms do not have sound fields to support students with hearing impairments or attention issues.
- Some larger spaces within the school have sound echo issues.
- Some students identified that they felt misunderstood by staff who made assumptions that they were lazy or uncooperative or lacked motivation.
- Teachers and students are not familiar with the accessibility features on school laptops/computers such as voice to text, text to voice, web readers and other features.
School Policy and Practice Barriers
- Guardians and staff identified a gap in staff training on a variety of disabilities and accessibility issues.
- Systematic transition planning processes are not evident for all students with disabilities.
- Emergency evacuation protocols, individual plans and evacuation equipment are not in place for students with physical disabilities.