Statement of support for students with disabilities
The executive team at UOSU would like to express our support for students with disabilities who are facing challenges due to the ongoing reduction of virtual and hybrid class options at uOttawa. As a student union committed to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equity in all areas, we acknowledge the importance of having a campus community that accommodates the diverse needs of all students.
The availability of virtual classes is vital in creating an accessible learning environment for students with disabilities. For many, the option to attend classes remotely offers flexibility to manage their health conditions and accessibility needs, which is especially necessary when only select buildings on campus are accessible to these students. This is a matter of respecting their rights.
By reducing these options, the university is further exacerbating the difficulties faced by students with disabilities, which can not only lead to delays in academic advancement, but increase anxiety, stress, and feelings of isolation.
We call upon the university administration to reconsider its decision and explore alternative strategies that can address the concerns of students with disabilities. By doing so, the university will demonstrate its commitment to providing inclusive and equitable educational opportunities for all students.
UOSU is dedicated to advocating for the rights and needs of all students and will continue to push for necessary changes.