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Post-secondary institutions have reported encouraging changes to policies, guidelines and practices aimed at removing barriers for accessing appropriate accommodations. Some post-secondary institutions, as well as the COU, have highlighted the need for a consistent, sector-wide approach to medical documentation. While harmonizing practices does not detract from each institution’s individual obligations, the OHRC encourages further cooperation among stakeholders in the post-secondary sector to strategize about creating and maintaining practices that are consistent across the sector, continue to comply with human rights obligations, and maximize equal access to education.

While the OHRC directed this initiative to public colleges and universities, private post-secondary institutions have the same obligations under the Code and should review their policies and practices and make the necessary amendments to ensure compliance with the Code.

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