Education and Training Domain Area Committee

Education and Training Domain Area Committee (DAC)

The greatest challenges to accessibility are still the negative attitudes, stigma, lack of understanding and expertise. CAN leverages the resources of its Network collaborators to develop and coordinate education and training in accessibility, from the perspectives of built environment, health sciences, engineering and design, disability studies, policy and law, teaching and learning, and others.

The purpose of the Education and Training DAC is to expand access to the digital skills that have become increasingly vital to so many of the Canadian’s job. As we continue to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to ensure that no one is left behind as our economy starts to recover. We are working to bring learning resources, certification opportunities, and job seeker tools to empower talents with disabilities.

Education and Training DAC’s Priorities for the 21/22 Operating Year

Currently, the Community Engagement DAC is working on conducting an environmental scan of existing tools for training and certification, such as through LinkedIn or other online or in-person sources, to support and empower people with visual and hearing impairments, to upskill in response to workplace changes brought about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other activities that they may be involved in include, but are not limited to:

  • Transition programs and services
  • Academic/school accommodations
  • Educational assistive/adaptive technology
  • Learning strategies and skill development
  • Disability and psychosocial support services
  • Accessibility/universal design of learning environments
  • Professional training and certification in accessibility
  • Academic programming in accessibility

The Role of DAC Members, Meetings and Time Commitment

DAC members are appointed to a one- or two-year role to work with the Committee. Members are involved in enacting the business of the Network, as it relates to the strategic priorities of the working group (as noted above).

DAC meetings happen bi-monthly (approximately 6 times per year) for up to 2 hours at each meeting – see Current Meeting Schedule.

There is an expectation that in addition to these meetings, members can anticipate that there will be an additional three to five hours a month (approx.) commitment that is outside of required meeting times that is dedicated to contributing towards the work of each Domain Area Committee. This time is dependent on the agreed upon work plan for the operating year and will fluctuate.

Please see Terms of Reference for the Education and Training Committee for more information on the governance of this Committee.

Members

If you are interested in the work of the Education and Training DAC, please contact the CAN National Office at can@carleton.ca.