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ECOH’s Multi-year Accessibility Policy and Plan

The 2014-21 accessibility plan outlines the policies and actions that ECOH will put in place to improve opportunities for people with disabilities. The Multi-year Accessibility Plan will be modified on a yearly basis to reflect ECOH’s accomplishments in improving our services for those with disabilities, and to maintain compliance with the IASR.

The Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), 2001 requires agencies to implement a public Accessibility Policy and to update/review the Policy on an annual basis. The AODA was enacted in 2005, yet the ODA remains in force until the ODA has been repealed. ECOH meets requirements of the AODA, including requirements for an Accessibility Policy and Plan under the ODA.

1. STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

ECOH 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.

2. CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARD

Status: Complete/ongoing

ECOH has developed policies to comply with Regulation 429/07 of the AODA – Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. Regulation 429/07 sets out guidelines for preventing and removing barriers to accessibility to improve the customer services of agencies. Regulation 429/07 required private organizations to comply with the Customer Service Standard as of January 1, 2012.
ECOH is committed to excellence in serving all customers including persons with disabilities. Customer/client service policies are in practice as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. ECOH’s Accessible Customer Service Policy outlines our commitment to accessibility and status of achievements for each area of the Customer Service Standard. Please click here to access ECOH’s Customer Service Policy, which is also available in an accessible format upon request.

3. CUSTOMER SERVICE ACHIEVEMENTS:

ECOH has achieved the following requirements of the Customer Service Standard of the AODA:

Status: Complete

ECOH has created and put in place a customer service plan that:

  • Considers a person’s disability when communicating with them.
  • Allows assistive devices in the workplace (wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen tanks, etc.).
  • Allows service animals on premises.
  • Welcomes support persons.
  • Lets customers/clients know when accessible services are not available.
  • Allows customers/clients to provide feedback.

Status: Complete

ECOH has trained employees on accessible customer service and has created an ongoing process to train new employees with regards to the customer service standard.

Status: Incomplete (target date 2020)

ECOH has put the customer service plan in writing and will make the plan available to the public and ECOH employees. The plan can be accessed here. The plan is available in accessible formats, upon request.

Status: Complete/ongoing

ECOH has reported ECOH’s progress by filing an accessibility report with the Minister of Community and Social Services. ECOH will comply with the customer service standard by filing an accessibility report on an annual basis.

4. WORKPLACE EMERGENCY RESPONSE INFORMATION

ECOH is committed to providing the customers and clients with publicly available emergency information in an accessible way upon request. We will also provide employees with disabilities with individualized emergency response information when necessary.

Status: Incomplete (target date 2020)

ECOH will create a process for documenting accessibility issues for employees and for documenting individualized workplace emergency response information, to comply with the AODA Employment Standard: Workplace Emergency Response Information by January 1, 2012.

ECOH will provide all existing employees individualized Employee Emergency Information Worksheets to document emergency plans for those with accessibility issues in the event of an emergency. ECOH will provide all employees with accessibility issues in emergencies individualized workplace emergency response plans.

Status: Incomplete (target date 2020)

ECOH is committed to maintaining a safe workplace for all employees and will continue to document workplace emergency plans, and revise and review existing emergency plans, for employees requiring assistance with accessibility in the event of an emergency. ECOH will review the emergency response information when:

  • The employee changes work locations.
  • We review the employee’s overall accommodation needs.
  • we review our organization’s emergency response policies.

Status: Complete

5. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

ECOH provides training to employees as it relates to people with disabilities. Training will be provided in a way that best suits the duties of employees. ECOH takes the following steps to ensure employees are provided with the training needed to meet Ontario’s accessible laws by January 1, 2015:

Status: Complete

Deliver training to all HR employees that provides training on: ECOH Provides training to:

  • The IASR requirements that apply to ECOH.
  • What you must do under the Ontario Human Rights Code (related to disabilities)

ECOH Provides training to:

  • all employees including paid and unpaid positions
  • anyone who is involved in developing your organization’s policies, including managers,
    senior leaders, directors and owners, and;
  • anyone who provides goods, services or facilities on your behalf, such as facilities
    management and contact centres.

6. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS STANDARD

To comply with the AODA Customer Service Standard, ECOH will put into place an accessible feedback process to receive and respond to feedback from customers/clients and members of the public who have a disability. ECOH will make the feedback process available to the public and will be available in accessible formats upon request.

Status: Incomplete (target date 2020)

ECOH will take the following steps to ensure existing feedback processes are accessible to employees with disabilities upon request by January 1, 2015:

  • Create a feedback process to receive and respond to feedback from our employees.
  • Make the feedback process accessible in multiple formats, such as telephone, email,
    mail, and in-person.

Status: Ongoing

ECOH 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.

ECOH 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:

  • Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, Braille, speech, symbols or simpler language.
  • Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
  • For any moving, blinking or scrolling information that (1) starts automatically, (2) lasts more than five seconds, and (3) is presented in parallel with other content, provide a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it unless the movement, blinking, or scrolling is part of an activity where it is essential; and
  • For any auto-updating information that (1) starts automatically and (2) is presented in parallel with other content, provide a mechanism for the user to pause, stop, or hide it or to control the frequency of the update unless the auto-updating is part of an activity where it is essential.

Status: Ongoing

ECOH will take the following steps to ensure all publicly available information is made accessible upon request by January 1, 2016:

  • Let the public know that we will make information accessible upon request.
  • Consult with people who request accessible information to figure out how to meet their
    needs, as soon as possible.

7. EMPLOYMENT STANDARD- RECRUITMENT

Status: Complete

ECOH is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. We have taken the following steps to notify the public and staff that, when requested, ECOH will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired:

  • Notify applicants that we will accommodate disabilities during the selection process.
  • When an applicant requests accommodation, consult with them and make adjustments
    that best suit their needs.
  • Notify successful applicants of our policies for accommodating employees with
    disabilities.

8. INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES

Status: Complete

ECOH has taken the following steps to ensure employees know about our organization’s policies for supporting employees with disabilities. By January 1, 2016, we will:

  • Ensure our staff know about our organization’s policies for supporting employees with disabilities.
  • Informs our employees about these policies when:
    • This requirement comes into effect for ECOH,
    • When we hire new employees; and
    • when we change the policies.

9. PROCESSES TO ACCOMMODATE EMPLOYEES

Status: Ongoing

ECOH 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. By January 1, 2016, we will:

  • Develop individual accommodation plans and return-to-work policies for employees that have been absent due to a disability.
  • Outline the steps we will take to help our employees return to work when they have been absent because of a disability, and when they require some form of disability-related accommodation to return to work.

Status: Ongoing

ECOH will take the following steps to ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities are considered it ECOH is using performance management, career development and redeployment processes. By January 1, 2016, we will:

  • Make performance management accessible by:
    • Reviewing our employees’ accommodation plans to understand their needs and see whether we need to adjust help them succeed
    • Making performance management documents, such as performance plans, available in accessible formats, such as large print, when asked, and
    • Providing feedback and coach your employees in a way that is accessible to them, such as using plain language for an employee who has a learning disability.
  • When we provide career development opportunities, consider what accommodations your employees with disabilities may need to:
    • Learn new skills, or;
    • Take on more responsibilities in their current position;
    • Consider what we could do to help our employees with disabilities succeed in
      other positions in our organization when they change jobs.

10. DESIGN OF PUBLIC SPACES

Status: Ongoing

ECOH will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or making major modifications to its public spaces and waiting areas. In the event of a service disruption, we will notify the public of the service disruption and alternatives available.

Contact Information

For more information, questions, or concerns regarding accessibility at ECOH or to request communication in an accessible format, please contact:

Patricia Cavallari, CHRL
Director, Human Resources & Administration.

Phone: 905-795-2800 ext. 2248
Email: pcavallari@ecoh.ca

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75 Courtneypark Drive West, Unit #1, Mississauga, ON L5W 0E3

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