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North Island College Increases Accessibility

Monday, October 23, 2023 at 8:03 AM

By Jay Herrington

(PHOTO North Island College)

North Island College has launched a new action plan with support from its Accessibility Advisory Committee to increase accessibility at the College.

“Access has always been a key pillar of NIC’s work,” said Craig Whitton, Co-Chair, NIC Accessibility Advisory Committee.

“This plan and the new committee provide a renewed focus and a clear action plan for steps we can take to ensure North Island College is an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.”

The new plan follows BUILD 2026, NIC’s strategic plan, which identified accessibility and inclusion as a key priority. It also aligns with the requirements of the Accessible British Columbia Act.

Access at the College—both in terms of educational opportunities and physical access to college facilities—was also identified as a priority by community members during NIC’s recent community engagement work.

The plan was developed following feedback from students, North Island Students’ Union, employees, and community members about what barriers to inclusion they find at NIC and suggestions on how the College can improve.

From the feedback received, several themes became evident.

Together, NIC says they provide the framework for its three-year action plan.

Some of the Year 1 goals include identifying barriers to accessibility across the institution, reviewing and improving medical accommodation processes for employees, increasing awareness of resources for students and employees, and providing a mechanism for community members to submit feedback on barriers to accessibility.

While the action plan is set for 2023-2026, it will be a living document that will be updated as the plan is implemented.

More information on Accessibility at NIC can be found at NIC.

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