Summary of Accessibility Requirements under the AODA, Reg. 429/07 (Customer Service Standard)- ALREADY IN EFFECT
To ensure you are providing accessible customer service to persons with disabilities:
1. Establish policies, practices and procedures on providing goods or services to people with disabilities.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Communicate with a person with a disability in a manner that takes into account his or her disability
5. Train staff, volunteers, contractors and any other people who interact with the public or other third parties on your behalf to effectively communicate, serve and interact with persons with disabilities as outlined in the customer service standard relating
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Provide notice when facilities or services that people with disabilities rely on to access or use your goods or services are temporarily disrupted.
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.
12. Provide emergency and public safety, and workplace safety information in an accessible format
Summary of Accessibility Requirements under the AODA, Reg. 191/11 (Integrated Accessibility Standards) – EFFECTIVE: JANUARY 1, 2014
Businesses with more than 50 employees must have:
1. Multi-Year Accessibility Plan
2. Policies to achieve accessibility goals
3. Purchasing or designing electronic kiosks considers accessibility
4. WCAG 2.0 Complaint website
5. Filed an Accessibility Report (including businesses with more than 20 employees