When operating a business in Ontario it's both good practice and the law, to create and implement policies that promote accessibility. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, or AODA, was created to break down barriers around accessibility.
The size and type of your business affects timelines, filing requirements, and your obligations. Self-employed individuals and companies that do not have employees are exempt.
Some general areas that are addressed by the AODA include:
Accessible Customer Service
Accessible Emergency and Public Safety Information
Creating Accessibility policies
Training staff on accessible policies and laws
Creating a feedback process for people with disabilities
Making public information accessible (when requested)
Making new websites, or significantly updated websites, accessible (50+ employees)
Implementing accessible employment practices
Filing Accessibility Compliance Reports
Join the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and the Discover Ability Network on Wednesday, January 27th for a FREE Webinar to learn more.