With the next installment of AODA legislation coming into effect, it is important to understand what your requirements are as a business owner and why complying with the legislation is a benefit to you and your company.
In Ontario, 1.85 million Ontarians have some type of disability. As the baby boomers age, this number will only go up. Increased accessibility will allow Ontarians to fully benefit from the contributions, involvement and spending power of people with disabilities. The AODA will help make this possible is with the goal of making Ontario fully accessible by 2025. The implementation of the legislation is happening in five separate standards. The first standard has already come into effect and now the Integrated Accessibility standards are being implemented. Today, we’re focusing on the Information and Communication standard.
The Information and Communication standard will help Ontario businesses make their information accessible for people with disabilities. The main requirements of this standard are to:
To full understand the requirements, there are important terms that you should become familiar with. Below are three terms that are often used when discussing the Information and Communication Standard.
When do you need to be compliant?
All sectors were required to start making emergency procedures or public safety information accessible to people with disabilities, upon request, as of January 1, 2012. The other requirements of the standard will be phased in for:
Where should you begin?
Here are the steps to consider when making information accessible:
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed - Clear Path is offering an AODA learning session on February 7, 2013 that will focus on the new Integration Standards providing you with the information you need to be compliant. We also offer a DIY AODA Package that includes a workplace accessibility tool, customizable policy statement, a PowerPoint presentation to train your employees and more. You can purchase the DIY Package through our website or by contacting us via email or phone.
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