The Centre for Workplace Accessibility (CWA) is a central hub for resources, tools, and programs that help remove barriers for faculty and staff with disabilities or ongoing medical conditions.
- Individual person-centred support
- Information about disability and workplace accessibility
- Eliminating barriers through workplace accommodations
- Funding for accessibility solutions through the Workplace Accommodation Fund
- Accessibility consultations
- Projects, initiatives and workshops to promote disability inclusion literacy
- ErgoAccess Demo Program
- Accessible parking for staff and faculty with disabilities or medical conditions
- Information for job seekers with disabilities
Process and approach
To request a meeting with a Workplace Accessibility Specialist, call or email us. We will contact you within 1 business day to set up our first conversation.
Our goal is to provide safe, person-centered support for disabled faculty and staff members. During our initial conversation, we will discuss your goals and provide the information and resources that might be helpful. We’ll take your lead in planning the next steps. Our conversation is confidential and we’ll only involve others in the process with your consent.
Informed by UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan, conversations with community members, and employment equity data, the CWA will enhance support for disabled staff and faculty and build disability inclusion literacy in the UBC community
Individuals and groups may have different views of the meaning and significance of disability in their lives. The use of language is personal choice. Some may prefer person-first, or “person with a disability”. Person-first language is a way to emphasize the person rather than the disability. Other community members may prefer identity-first, or “disabled person”. Identity-first language highlights the importance of disability as a social, cultural, and political identity, rather than simply a medical or pathological condition.
Other language and identification choices may centre around the specific type of disability, such as “neurodiverse/neurodivergent” and can be either person-first or identity first. Certain groups who do not identify with having a disability may still benefit from engaging with the CWA, such as Deaf people.
When working with you, the CWA will take your lead and use your preferred language. On our website and any other publications, the CWA will use both person-first and identify-first language in order to respect as many preferences as possible.
6th floor, TEF 3
604 - 6190 Agronomy Road
Vancouver, BC Canada