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 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance Resources

HRPA AODA Enabling Change On-Demand Webinars

  • Customer Service Requirements and the AODA – Have you complied?
    ​Join HRPA and Ellen Waxman, leading expert formerly responsible for the development of AODA standards and compliance rules, and Louie DiPalma, Director at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for a one-hour webinar on Friday, September 19 to learn what you need to do to meet the requirements of the AODA Customer Service Standard.
  • AODA: What is the WCAG? Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements for accessible websites came into law in January 2014 and are being phased in over the next few years. The AODA Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications requires organizations to make their websites accessible to persons with disabilities, including providing accessible formats and communications supports.
  • AODA: Building Your Multi-Year Plan
    Join AODA expert Ellen Waxman and participants of the HRPA Accessibility Certificate Program for a one-hour webinar to learn how to meet the requirements for developing a mandatory Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.Under the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, Multi-Year Accessibility Plans are already the law and reports are due to the government by December 31, 2014.
  • AODA Compliance Reporting – Are you ready for December 31?
    Join HRPA and Ellen Waxman, leading expert formerly responsible for the development of AODA standards and compliance rules, and Ben St. Louis, of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario for a one-hour webinar to learn what you need to do to meet the compliance and reporting requirements of the AODA.
  • AODA Training Requirements
    Join HRPA and Lyndsey Breslow, Senior Design Instructor from Curriculum Services Canada to learn what you need to do to meet the requirements for training under the AODA Integrated Accessible Standards Regulation. 
  • AODA: Developing Emergency Plans
    Join HRPA and Ellen Waxman, leading AODA expert, in conversation with Barney Owens,Director of Response at the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
  • AODA: Accessible Employment
    Join HRPA for a one-hour webinar detailing what you need to know to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Employment Standard.
  • AODA: Making Meetings and Engagement Accessible
    Join Ellen Waxman, Ontario’s leading expert on the AODAand Diya Gill, Manager, Human Services Leadership Program, Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA), on making stakeholder engagement accessible and on conducting accessible meetings and events.
  • AODA: Design of public spaces and the Ontario Building Code
    Learn what your organization can do to make environments more inclusive for employees, clients and customers.Invite your planners and facility managers to attend.​


Ontario Launches Accessibility Action Plan

Ontario has released a new action plan to build on the progress made since the introduction of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005 and to achieve the goal of becoming accessible by 2025.

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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act seeks to create an accessible Ontario by 2025. Accessibility Standards have been developed for five key areas of daily livin​g: customer service, information and communications, employment, transportation and built environment.

This page provides resources, tools and professional development to help you and your employees meet your AODA compliance obligations and help create an Ontario where all citizens and visitors can fullly participate.


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Overview

General Information and Compliance Resources

Professional Development

Customer Service

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service applies to all organizations that provide goods or services and that have one or more employees in Ontario.

Compliance Resources

  • Customerwaiting.ca is a comprehensive guide to help you comply with the Customer Service stand and deliver customer service to people with disabilities.
​​Professional Development

Employment

The Accessibility Standard for Employment will help Ontario businesses and organizations make accessibility a regular part of finding, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Compliance Resources

Professional Development

  • HRPA Accessibility Certificate: Learn how to implement all five standards and create Multi Year Accessibility Plans (four-day certificate program)
  • AccessForw
  • ard: Free resources to help your organization meet the training requirements under Section 7 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)

Information and Communications

The Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications will help Ontario businesses and organizations make their information accessible for people with disabilities

Compliance Resources

Professional Development

Transportation

The Accessibility Standard for Transportation will make it easier for everyone to travel in Ontario.

Professional Development

  • HRPA Accessibility Certificate: Learn how to implement all five standards and create Multi Year Accessibility Plans (four-day certificate program)
  • AccessFo
  • rward: Free resources to help your organization meet the training requirements under Section 7 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)

Design of Public Spaces

The Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces focuses on removing barriers in two areas: public spaces, and buildings.

Compliance Resources

Professional Development

  • HRPA Accessibility Certificate: Learn how to implement all five standards and create Multi Year Accessibility Plans (four-day certificate program)
  • AccessForw
  • ard: Free resources to help your organization meet the training requirements under Section 7 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)

National Institute for Disability Management and Rehabilitation (NIDMAR)

HRPA partners with the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) and Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Science's (PCU-WHS) to provide members with workplace disability management assessment tools and educational resources to help establish effective disability management programs in Ontario workplaces.

Epilepsy@

Work: A toolkit for HR Professionals​​

Developed by Epilepsy Toronto, the epilepsy@work toolkit provides training and resources to companies and organizations that have employees with epilepsy. The toolkit features information around accommodating employees with a seizure disorder and focuses on three primary areas:

  • Understanding epilepsy in the workplace course
  • Seizure safety (including video seizure simulator
  • First aid, just-in-time resources for HR professionals, managers and occupational health and safety specialists

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was passed in 2005 with an overall goal of an accessible Ontario by 2025. Accessibility Standards have been developed for five key areas of daily living: customer service, information and communications, employment, transportation and built environment.

The first Standard was the Customer Service Standard.

The remaining four Standards were combined into one regulation called the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR):

Employment Standard

Information and Communications Standard

Transportation Standard

Design of Public Spaces Standard

Note: The Design of Public Spaces Standard was only recently added to the IASR. Enhancement to accessibility in buildings will happen at a later date through Ontario’s Building Code, which governs new construction and renovations in buildings.

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