Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Policy
Date: December 4, 2012
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) was passed by the Ontario legislature with the goal of creating a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.
“Recognizing the history of discrimination against persons with disabilities in Ontario, the purpose of this Act is to benefit all Ontarians by,
(a) developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises on or before January 1, 2025; and
(b) providing for the involvement of persons with disabilities, of the Government of Ontario and of representatives of industries and of various sectors of the economy in the development of the accessibility standards.”
One of the five standards developed, and now law, is the Customer Service Standard. This standard details specific requirements for all organizations with one or more employees. Under the Customer Service Standard, all applicable employees, volunteers, board members, contractors and family members, must be trained on the following areas:
1. Establish policies, practices and procedures on providing goods or services to people with disabilities.
2. Use reasonable efforts to ensure that your policies, practices and procedures are consistent with the core principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity.
3. Set a policy on allowing people to use their own, personal assistive devices to access your goods and use your services and about any other measures your organization offers (assistive devices, services, or methods) to enable them to access your goods and use your services.
4. Communicate with a person with a disability in a manner that takes into account his or her disability.
5. Allow people with disabilities to be accompanied by their guide dog or service animal in those areas of the premises you own or operate that are open to the public, unless the animal is excluded by another law. If a service animal is excluded by law, use other measures to provide services to the person with a disability.
6. Permit people with disabilities who use a support person to bring that person with them while accessing goods or services in premises open to the public or third parties.
7. Where admission fees are charged, provide notice ahead of time on what admission, if any, would be charged for a support person of a person with a disability.
8. Provide notice when facilities or services that people with disabilities rely on to access or use your goods or services are temporarily disrupted.
9. Train staff, volunteers, contractors and any other people who interact with the public or other third parties on your behalf on a number of topics as outlined in the customer service standard.
10. Train staff, volunteers, contractors and any other people who are involved in developing your policies, practices and procedures on the provision
of goods or services on a number of topics as outlined in the customer service standard.
11. Establish a process for people to provide feedback on how you provide goods or services to people with disabilities and how you will respond to any feedback and take action on any complaints. Make the information about your feedback process readily available to the public.
Roteq Machinery Inc. is committed to excellence in serving all customers including persons with disabilities.
Assistive technology is a term used to describe the various forms of devices such as assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices used to assist persons with disabilities. These devices are used to support the needs of the individual person and specific disability by enabling them to perform tasks that they may not have been able to accomplish formerly.
Examples of assistive devices include hearing aids, speech amplification devices, white canes, wheelchairs, screen readers, etc. Ontario Employers are not responsible for providing any assistive devices under the Customer Service Standard, but rather, are responsible for ensuring all employees are properly trained.
Roteq Machinery Inc. will ensure that our staff is trained and familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our good and services.
Accessible customer service requires employees to overcome and find ways around different barriers that customers may have. Employers need to ensure that their employees are trained on how to successfully communicate with customers with disabilities to ensure accessible goods and services.
Roteq Machinery Inc.’s employees will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disabilities
With certain types of disabilities, an animal may be more of an assistive form of aid rather than a device. These services animals are trained to carry out certain tasks that help people with disabilities. There are three types of assistive animals that have been categorized by the international assistance animal community:
Guide Animals: Used to guide the blind
Hearing Animals: Used to help signal the hearing impaired
Service Animals: Used to do work for persons with disabilities other than blindness or deafness
Under the Customer Service Standard, service animals must be allowed on parts of the workplace premises (excluding certain areas such as a kitchen). Fines for denying a service animal access in areas for the general public can be up to $3000 in Ontario.
Roteq Machinery Inc. will welcome people with disabilities and their service animals into our workplace. Service animals are allowed on parts of our premises that are open to the public.
Support persons are those that help persons with disabilities perform day to day tasks. Without support, the person may not be able to access your organization. All support persons should be welcomed into the workplace.
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises. Roteq Machinery Inc. will notify customers of this through a notice posted in reception.
Notice to Temporary Disruption
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, Roteq Machinery Inc. will notify customers promptly. A clearly posted notice will include information about the reasons for the disruption, its anticipated length of time and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available. The notice will be posted on the front door of the building.
Under the Customer Service Standard all employees who work with customers or interact with person from outside of the organization, must be trained. Roteq Machinery Inc. will provide training to employees, volunteers and others who deal with the public or other third parties on our behalf.
Our training will include:
An overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
The requirements for the Customer Service Standard
How to interact with people with various types of disabilities
How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device
How to interact with people who use the assistance of a service animal
How to interact with people who use a support person
How to use any equipment or devices available at your workplace to assist with providing goods or services to persons with disabilities
What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing our organization’s goods or services
This training will be provided to staff after being hired and retrained in the event that changes are made to the plan.
This standard and the required policy statement will be reviewed and updated at least once a year by the H&S Supervisor in conjunction with the President of the company. Any Feedback from customers will be reviewed and a random sampling will be done amongst the workers to determine what their working knowledge of the policy statement is. These findings will be used for the evaluation process and deficientcies noted.
Acknowledge Success and Make Improvements
On an annual basis, The President will write a letter acknowledging how effectively the company on a whole has performed in relation to the expectations as laid out in the required AODA statement. This letter shall be read into the December issue of the JH&SC meeting minutes.
Any necessary performance improvements identified through the evaluation procedures will be addressed within three months.
A process must be established for receiving feedback on how companies will provide service to customers with disabilities, and how companies will respond back and take action on any complaints.
Roteq Machinery Inc.’s customers who wish to provide feedback on the way we provide goods and services to people with disability can provide feedback via the company’s website, by emailing email@example.com.
All feedback, including complaints, will be handled by Martin Boyne, (905 660 – 8800 ext. 229. Customers can expect to hear back in seven business days.
Complaints will be addressed according to Roteq Machinery Inc.’s regular complaint management procedures.
Modifications to This or Other Policies:
Any policy of Roteq Machinery Inc. that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed.
Vice President Roteq Machinery Inc.
Date: January 2015