Accessibility Standard for Customer Service Policy
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (AODA):
ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICY
This policy has been developed to comply with The Accessible Standards for Customer Service under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The Accessible Standards for Customer Service aims to establish accessibility standards for people with disabilities. This policy details TrueContext’s commitment to using reasonable efforts to ensure it provides accessible customer service to people with various kinds of disabilities and respects the core principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity.
The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service policy governs TrueContext’s provisions of goods and services to members of the public or other third parties including all clients. The standard applies to TrueContext’s employees and contracted employees.
Assistive Device: any piece of equipment a person with a disability uses to help him or her with daily living. Personal assistive devices include, but are not limited to, wheelchairs, hearing aids, white canes or speech amplification devices.
Disability: (a) any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device; (b) a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability; (c) a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language; (d) a mental disorder; or (e) an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
Guide Dog: a dog trained as a guide for a blind person and having the qualifications prescribed by the regulations under the Blind Persons’ Rights Act.
Service Animal: any animal used by a person with a disability where it is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to his or her disability; or where the person provides a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to his or her disability.
Support Person: a person who accompanies a person with a disability in order to help him or her with daily tasks, such as communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods or services. The support person may be a paid support worker, a volunteer, a friend or a family member; the support person does not need to have special training or qualifications.
Core Principles and Purpose of Customer Service Standard
TrueContext will use reasonable efforts to ensure the provision of its goods and services are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity by:
- Providing goods and services in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities;
- Providing goods and services so that persons with disabilities are able to fully benefit from the same services, in the same place, and in the same or similar way as persons without disabilities, unless an alternative measure is necessary to enable a person with a disability to obtain, use, or benefit from TrueContext’s goods and services; and
- Giving people with disabilities the same opportunity equal to that of persons without disabilities to obtain, use or benefit from TrueContext’s goods and services.
Use of Assistive Devices
TrueContext permits persons with disabilities to use their personal assistive devices while on company premises to obtain, use, or benefit from TrueContext’s goods and services.
When communicating with a person with a disability, TrueContext will do so in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability.
Use of Service Animals and Support Persons
Service Animals: Persons with disabilities who are accompanied by guide dogs or other services animals will be permitted to enter TrueContext’s premises that are open to the public with the animal and will be allowed to keep the animal with them, unless the animal is otherwise excluded by law. If the service animal is excluded by law, TrueContext will use reasonable efforts to ensure that alternate means are available for persons with disabilities to obtain, use or benefit from TrueContext goods and services.
If it is not readily apparent that the animal is a service animal, TrueContext may ask the person with a disability for a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to his or her disability.
It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to ensure that his or her service animal is kept in control at all times.
Support Persons: Persons with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person will be permitted to enter TrueContext’s premises that are open to the public and will not be prevented from having access to the support person while on the premises.
TrueContext may require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person while on TrueContext premises in situations where it is deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of the person with a disability and/or others.
When support persons are required for TrueContext sponsored meetings or events, the person with a disability will be required to provide his or her own support person. If there are fees associated with the meeting or event, the support person will be charged the regular fee unless otherwise specified by TrueContext. Advance notice of said fees will be provided if such circumstances exist.
Notice of Temporary Disruptions
TrueContext will make reasonable efforts to provide notice to persons with disabilities in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities. If the disruption is anticipated, TrueContext will provide a reasonable amount of advance notice of the disruption. If the disruption is unexpected, notice will be provided as soon as possible. The notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.
TrueContext will provide training to employees, volunteers and others who deal with the public or third parties on their behalf.
Training will include:
- An overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard
- TrueContext’s plan related to the customer service standard
- How to interact and communicate to people with various types of disabilities
- How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person
- What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing TrueContext’s goods and services.
Staff will also be trained when changes are made to the plan.
TrueContext is committed to providing high quality goods and services to all members of the public that it serves, including customers with disabilities. Comments on how well TrueContext achieves this goal are welcomed and appreciated.
Feedback from members of the public regarding the way TrueContext provides goods and services to people with disabilities can be made by telephone, in person, in writing, in electronic format (e.g. e-mail) or through other relevant methods.
All feedback should be directed to our Accessibility Compliance Officer who can be reached at:
Tel: (613) 800-7163
Please note that an appointment is recommended for in-person service.
Privacy will be respected, and all feedback will be reviewed for possible action that can be taken to improve TrueContext’s services. In most cases, a response to the feedback will be provided within 15 working days. Feedback and/or responses will be delivered in a format that is accessible to the complainant.
Questions or Concerns about TrueContext’s Customer Service Policy or AODA
Questions or concerns regarding this policy should be addressed to the Accessibility Officer (per contact information posted above). For more information regarding AODA, contact the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility at www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-seniors-accessibility
4.0 Revisions to the Policy
This Policy is subject to an annual review.