Policy Title: Commitment to Persons with Disabilities
Policy Type: Human Resources – Organizational
Policy Number: HRAO-01
Last Revision Date: July 29th 2021
The Society is committed to providing an accessible environment for its service recipients, employees, volunteers, students and resource providers. The goal is to create a community that is inclusive of all persons and supports all members of the community in an equitable manner. In creating such a community, the aim is to foster a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of all persons with the goal to become a barrier-free environment.
Achieving a barrier-free environment depends on the participation of each member of the community including service recipients, employees, volunteers, resource providers and students. Each of these parties has a role in creating an equitable and inclusive environment, as well as in the accommodation process and the identification, removal, and/or reduction of barriers. Through mutual respect and collaboration, a barrier free environment and developed shared respect for rights and dignity can occur.
Employees, volunteers, students, resource providers and Board Members are subject to this policy.
To provide a clearly stated commitment to persons with disabilities and set out the processes by with the Society will become barrier free.
The Society will ensure at a minimum, compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and its regulations in the development of systems and processes to support the Society being barrier free.
1. Human Resources will:
a.Review, revise and implement any new policies as they relate to the AODA and its applicable legislation such that the polices provide clarity on how the Society will deliver its services in an accessible way to its service recipients and provide an inclusive work environment for its employees, volunteers, students and resource providers;
b. Develop and implement a multi-year Accessibility Plan;
c. Continually evaluate the physical environment to ensure all identified accessibility barriers are eliminated or mitigated;
d. Provide training to all existing and new employees, volunteers, students, resource providers and service providers on the AODA, its applicable regulations and the Ontario Human Rights Code; and
e. Provide information and communication supports, including website and web content, for all service recipients, employees, volunteers, students, resource providers and service providers in accessible formats in a timely manner, upon request.