Since 1982, AERO has been providing students with perceptual disabilities from kindergarten to post doctorate with the educational resources needed in a timely manner to enable students to succeed.
AERO is a web-based digital repository operated by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development with the mandate to provide alternate learning formats to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario.
Elementary and Secondary Service
AERO produces and provides alterative format materials to publicly funded elementary and secondary schools to service students with perceptual disabilities. Only school resource staff or a teacher can request an account on AERO. To register for AERO services, click Advisor registration above. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us for any additional questions you may have.
AERO will assist postsecondary institutions in providing their students with high quality course materials and resources in the alternative format they need faster. AERO is based on a unique collaboration between the Government of Ontario, textbook publishers and Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges and universities. By creating a centralized province-wide digital repository, higher quality accessible books are available to students when they need them.
Students should check with their local accessibility services office for more information on how to request and receive material through AREO. Accessibility services staff should check with their institution to confirm that they are registered with AERO, or contact email@example.com for more information about joining AERO.
One key goal of AERO is to help colleges and universities reduce wait times for their students by encouraging faculty to identify the texts they need as early as possible. Institutions can help ensure AERO’s success by raising awareness of AERO among faculty. The Ministry has developed a pamphlet to build awareness at institutions, as well as a video that explains the benefits of AERO
AERO Overview Brochures & Video
Inviting all Publishers!
AERO is pleased to invite all publishers to use AERO.
There many reasons to join AERO:
ü No participation costs for publishers
ü AERO will assist in meeting your obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and assist you in complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. (AODA)
ü AERO is easy to use and will save your business time and money
ü AERO will have minimal impact on your current business processes
ü AERO provides a single point of contact for all publicly funded college and universities in Ontario
ü AERO protects copyrights and Intellectual property rights
ü AERO provides a secure IT environment, ensuring that titles are traceable
For an overview of how AERO works, please download the AERO Publisher Overview Brochure.
AERO Partnering Publishers & Institutions
Thank you for your continuing commitment in rolling out the AERO services to colleges and universities across the province.
List of Participating Publishers
- Emond Montgomery Publications
- Fitzhenry & Whiteside
- John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- McGraw-Hill Education
- Nelson Education Ltd.
- Oxford University Press
- Pearson Canada Inc.
- Coteau Books
- Dundurn Press
- ECW Press
- Harper Collins Canada
- Kids Can Press
- ORCA Book Publishers
- Owlkids Books
List of Participating Institutions
- Algoma University
- Algonquin College
- Brock University
- Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Carleton University
- Centennial College
- Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
- Confederation College
- Durham College
- Fanshawe College
- Fleming College
- George Brown College
- Georgian College
- University of Guelph
- La Cité Collégiale
- Lambton College
- Laurentian University
- Loyalist College
- McMaster University
- Mohawk College
- Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Nipissing University
- Northern College
- OCAD University
- Queen’s University
- Ryerson University
- Sault College
- Seneca College
- Sheridan College
- St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology
- St. Lawrence College
- Trent University
- Université de Hearst
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- University of Ottawa
- University of Toronto
- University of Waterloo
- University of Western Ontario
- Wilfred Laurier University
- University of Windsor
- York University
Want to join AERO?
If you are publisher of educational material or with a publicly assisted college or university in Ontario and your institution wants to join AERO
1) Download the AERO invitation Memo and, Memorandum of Agreement and intent to join Memo
2) Follow the instruction as outlined in the invitation memo
3) Populate, sign, and send us back the intent to join memo as per the instructions
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.