At RCOA, our goal is inclusion for all. Just as Jesus made a way for all humankind to fully experience his grace and love we want to be a school that is inclusive of all. We understand and recognize the importance of accessibility not only for those with disabilities but also for the benefit of the entire school community, providing a learning and working environment that supports all students, staff, and the larger school community.
Accessible B.C. Act
The Accessible British Columbia Regulation, under the Accessible British Columbia Act, came into effect on September 1, 2022. The goal of the act is to improve opportunities for people with disabilities and involve them in identifying, removing, and preventing barriers to their full participation in the life of the province.
Important Definitions from the Accessible B.C. Act
- Disability: An inability to participate fully and equally in society as a result of the interaction of an impairment and a barrier.
- Barrier: Anything that hinders the full and equal participation in society of a person with an impairment.
- Impairment: A physical, sensory, mental, intellectual, or cognitive impairment, which is permanent, temporary, or episodic.
Implementation of the Accessible BC Regulation
Accessibility Committee: The Society of Christian Schools in BC (SCSBC) established an accessibility committee in May 2023. The RCOA committee, with supportive tools, direction and information from SCSBC, developed an Accessibility Plan.
Accessibility Plan: The RCOA Accessibility Plan outlines our commitment to accessibility and the actions in our Three-Year Accessibility Plan for 2023-26. Feedback about the Accessibility Plan may be made by contacting our school-based Accessibility Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
RCOA School Accessibility Plan (Coming Soon)
RCOA Accessibility Feedback Tool
We have developed an online form to provide a mechanism for you to provide input about accessibility accomplishments and barriers at our school (see below). The surveys are reviewed monthly by our school-based Accessibility Committee and are taken into consideration for future versions of the plan.
At RCOA, our goal is inclusion for all. With this in mind, we want to learn about specific barriers or helpful supports that people encounter when they are trying to:
- Access a school program, a building or activity site we use, or school information
- Receive a school provided service or support
The RCOA Accessibility Committee reviews all feedback (monthly), and feedback is taken into consideration for future versions of the plan.