AODA Policy

RiskCheck Policy Statement Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 

 

Policy Statement

RiskCheck Inc. is committed to ensuring that our services are provided in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. RiskCheck is also committed to giving people with disabilities the opportunity to access our services and allow them to benefit from the same services, in the same place, and in a similar way as other customers.

 

Definition

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) has been developed to create mandatory accessibility standards that identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. These standards apply to all private and public sector organizations across Ontario.

 

Responsibilities

RiskCheck’s commitment is to:

  • Provide practices and procedures for all staff to provide services to people with disabilities;
  • Provide training on how to serve and interact with people with disabilities;
  • Make our buildings, workspaces, and meeting places accessible to visitors and employees with disabilities and;
  • Make information about RiskCheck’s services, policies, and procedures accessible to everyone.

 

Providing Services to People with Disabilities

RiskCheck is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities and we will carry out our functions and responsibilities in the following areas:

 

Communication

RiskCheck will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. We will train staff who communicate with customers on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities. 

 

Telephone Services

We will train staff to communicate with customers over the phone in clear and plain language. We will offer to communicate with customers by email or via their support person if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs.

 

Assistive Devices

RiskCheck will ensure that staff is trained and familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our services.

 

Documents and Information Sharing

RiskCheck will provide accessible proposals, reports, pre-bills, invoices, etc. to all of our customers. For this reason, invoices will be available by email or in large print format upon request.

 

Use of Animals and Support Persons

Service Animals

RiskCheck welcomes people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal to the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties. RiskCheck will ensure that all staff are properly trained on how to interact with people who are accompanied by a service animal.

Support Persons

RiskCheck welcomes people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person. RiskCheck will not prevent a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person from having access to the support person while on our premises.

Applicable fees will not be charged for the support person to attend training sessions. Customers will be informed of this at the time of registration and or if requested.

 

Notice of Temporary Disruption

RiskCheck will provide customers with notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the devices used by people with disabilities. Notice will include the reason for disruption, the anticipated duration, and a description of alternate measures if available

 

Training for Staff

RiskCheck will provide training to all employees and will include the following points:

  • The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard;
  • How to interact and communicate with 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 support person;
  • What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing RiskCheck services;
  • RiskCheck policies, practices, and procedures relating to the customer service standard.

Training will be provided to new staff within 90 days of commencing their duties. Staff will also receive a training update when changes are made to policies, practices, and procedures.

 

Feedback Process

Feedback regarding the way RiskCheck provides services to people with disabilities can be made verbally in person or over the phone, in writing via email or letter sent to the head office address. All feedback will be directed to the President and customers can expect to hear back within 7 days of receiving the feedback.

 

Monitoring and Review

This policy will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis along with other RiskCheck Staff Policies to ensure that the dignity and independence of people with disabilities is respected. No changes will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities. Any policy of RiskCheck that does not respect the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed.

 

Confidentiality

Any information given or collected about a person with a disability will be kept strictly confidential, unless otherwise agreed to by the person(s) involved.