Acccess for Ontarians with Disabilities

Statement of Commitment

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner, and will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Accessible Emergency Information

ACT is committed to providing service users, volunteers and visitors with publicly available emergency information in an accessible way upon request. We will also provide employees with disabilities with individualized emergency response information when required.
Training

ACT will provide training to employees, and volunteers on Ontario’s accessibility laws and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to people with disabilities. Training will be provided in a way that best suits the duties of employees, volunteers and other staff members.
ACT will take the following steps to ensure employees are provided with the training needed to meet Ontario’s accessible laws by January 1, 2015:
    · Develop and implement an orientation package for new employees.
    · Provide a training for existing staff.
Information and communications

ACT is committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities. We will consult with people with disabilities to determine their information and communication needs.
ACT will take the following steps to make all new websites and content on those sites conform with WCAG 2.0, Level A by January 1, 2014:
    · Ensure that requests for proposals for website development include the requirement that new websites are WCAG 2.0 compliant.
ACT will take the following steps to make ensure existing feedback processes are accessible to people with disabilities upon request by January 1, 2015:
    · Ensure that feedback processes are available in other formats (including large print).
ACT will take the following steps to make sure all publicly available information is made accessible upon request by January 1, 2016:
    · Ensure information is available in large print formats on request.
ACT will take the following steps to make all websites and content conform with WCAG 2.0, Level AA by January 1, 2021:
    · Ensure that ACT’s main website, as well as any other websites associated with ACT are WCAG 2.0, Level AA compliant when they are updated as part of our IT/IM Strategy.
Employment

ACT is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.
We will take the following steps to notify the public and staff that, when requested, ACT will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired:
    · Include this commitment on all internal and external job postings.
    · Ensure that job postings are available in large print format if requested.
    · During the assessment process, notify job applicants that accommodations are available upon request. If the applicant is hired, ensure they are consulted to arrange necessary accommodations.
ACT will take the following steps to develop and put in place a process for developing individual accommodation plans and return-to-work policies for employees that have been absent due to a disability:
    · Review our Human Resource Policies and Procedures to ensure that our existing policies regarding workplace accommodation are in compliance with AODA.
We will take the following steps to ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities are taken into account if ACT is using performance management, career development and redeployment processes:
    · Ensure that all employees are measured against the core competencies of their job, regardless of any workplace accommodations they may require.
ACT will take the following steps to prevent and remove other accessibility barriers identified:
    · washrooms.
Design of Public Spaces

ACT will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or making major modifications to public spaces. Public spaces include:
    · Service-related elements like service counters and waiting areas.
ACT will put the following procedures in place to prevent service disruptions to the accessible parts of its public spaces.
    · Ensure that the elevator is maintained in order to ensure access to our offices.
    · In the event the elevator is temporarily out of service, we will notify the public of the service disruption and alternatives available through our website and social media, as well as signage in the building lobby.
    · Visitors who wish to access services can contact us via phone or email and request services (where feasible) in an accessible venue.
For more information

For more information on this accessibility plan, please contact ACT at 416-340-2437 or via email.