Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy


The following policy has been established by PAAB to govern the provision of services with Regulation 191/11, “Integrated Accessibility Standards” (“Regulation”) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

These standards are developed to break down barriers and increase accessibility for persons with disabilities in the areas of information and communications and employment.

PAAB is governed by this policy and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 in meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities.

Commitment


PAAB 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 persons 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.

This policy will be implemented in accordance with the time frames established by the Regulation.

Training Employees and Volunteers


PAAB will ensure that training is provided on the requirements of the accessibility standards referred to in the Regulation and continue to provide training on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities to all its employees and volunteers and all persons who participate in developing PAAB policies.

The training will be appropriate to the duties of the employees, volunteers and other persons.

Employees will be trained when changes are made to the accessibility policy. New employees will be trained within 30 days of commencing their duties.

PAAB will keep a record of the training it provides.


INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS


Feedback


PAAB will continue to ensure that its process for receiving and responding to feedback is accessible to persons with disabilities by providing, or arranging for the provision of, accessible formats and communications supports, upon request.

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports


Upon request, PAAB will provide, or will arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities in a timely manner that takes into account the person’s accessibility needs due to disability.

PAAB will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.

PAAB will also notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.

Accessible Websites and Web Content


PAAB will ensure that our Internet websites, including web content, conform to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, at Level A except where this is impracticable.


EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS


Recruitment


PAAB will notify its employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process.

Recruitment, Assessment or Selection Process


PAAB will notify job applicants, when they are individually selected to participate further in an assessment or selection process that accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used. If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, PAAB will consult with the applicant and provide, or arrange for the provision of, a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability.

Notice to Successful Applicants


When making offers of employment, PAAB will notify the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities upon request.

Informing Employees of Supports


PAAB will continue to inform its employees of its policies (and any updates to those policies) used to support employees with disabilities, including policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability. This information will be provided to new employees as soon as practicable after commencing employment.

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees


Upon the request of an employee with a disability, PAAB will consult with the employee to provide, or arrange for the provision of, accessible formats and communication supports for information that is needed to perform his/her job, and information that is generally available to other employees. In determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support, PAAB will consult with the employee making the request.

Workplace Emergency Response Information


PAAB will provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability, if the disability is such that the individualized information is necessary, and if PAAB is aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability. PAAB will provide this information as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the need for accommodation.

Performance Management, Career Development and Advancement & Redeployment


PAAB will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when conducting performance management, providing career development and advancement to employees, or when redeploying employees.

Questions about this policy


This policy has been developed to break down barriers and increase accessibility for persons with disabilities in the areas of information and communications and employment. If anyone has a question about the policy, or if the purpose of a policy is not understood, an explanation will be provided by the PAAB Manager of Administration and Finance.
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