Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy and Commitment Statement

This document addresses the Integrated Accessibility Standards for each of the Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation, and Design of Public Spaces Regulations.


Intent


This policy is intended to meet the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards, Ontario Regulation 191/11 for the Information and Communications Standard set forth under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. This policy applies to the provision of information and communications, Employment, Transportation, and Design of Public Spaces Regulars services and materials for people with disabilities.


All information and communications materials and services provided by Dynaplas shall follow the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity.


Definitions

Accessible Formats – Include but are not limited to large print, recorded audio and electronic formats, braille and other formats usable by persons with disabilities.

Communication Supports – Include but are not limited to captioning, alternative and augmentative communication supports, plain language, sign language and other supports that facilitate effective communications.

Conversion Ready – An electronic or digital format that facilitates conversion into an acceptable format.


General Principles

In accordance with the Integrated Accessibility Standards, Ontario Regulation 191/11, this policy addresses the following:

      A. General Requirements

      B. Feedback Process

      C. Accessible Formats and Communication Supports

      D. Accessible Website and Web Content

      E. Employment Standard

      F. Transportation Standard

      G. Design of Public Spaces

      H. Exceptions

      I. Review


A. General Requirements

General requirements that apply across all of the four (4) standards, Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation and Design of Public Spaces, are outlined as follows.


Establishment of Accessibility Policies and Plans

Dynaplas will develop, implement and maintain policies governing how it will achieve accessibility through these requirements.

Dynaplas will include a statement of its commitment to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner in its policies. These documents will be made publicly available in an accessible format, upon request.

Dynaplas will establish, implement, maintain and document a multi-year accessibility plan outlining its strategy to prevent and remove barriers and meet its requirements under the IASR. Accessibility plans will be made available in an accessible format, upon request, and will be posted on our website.


Dynaplas will review and update its accessibility plan once every five (5) years.


Procuring or Acquiring Goods and Services, or Facilities

Dynaplas will incorporate accessibility criteria and features when procuring or acquiring goods, services or facilities. The only exception is in cases where it is impracticable to do so.


Training Requirements

Dynaplas will provide training for its employees regarding the IASR and the Ontario Human Rights Code as they pertain to individuals with disabilities. Training will also be provided to individuals who are responsible for developing Dynaplas’ policies, and all other persons who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of Dynaplas.

Training will be provided as soon as is reasonably practicable. Training will be provided on an ongoing basis to new employees and as changes to Dynaplas’ accessibility policies occur.


B. Feedback Process

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or its related procedures please contact the HR Manager. Dynaplas will ensure that all feedback processes are made accessible to clients/customers or employees, upon request. In accordance with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07, Dynaplas will make the availability of accessible feedback formats publicly known.


C. Accessible Formats and Communication Supports

Unless deemed unconvertible, upon request, Dynaplas will provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities, upon request. Accessible formats and communication supports will be provided in a timely manner and at no additional cost to the individual.

Dynaplas will take into account the person’s accessibility needs when customizing individual requests and shall consult with the individual making the request to ensure suitability.

Dynaplas will make the availability of accessible formats and communication supports publicly known.


D. Accessible Websites and Web Content

Dynaplas is working towards an accessible website and content that will comply with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 in accordance with the schedule set out in the IASR.


E. Employment Standard

Dynaplas employment practices will include notification of the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities, as well as support for staff with disabilities.

Upon request Dynaplas will provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports on information needed in order to perform the job and information that is generally available to all employees in the workplace. The employee making the request will assist in determining the best way to provide the information or support.

Performance management and career development processes will take into account the accessibility needs of its employees with disabilities.

Where employee needs dictate Dynaplas will provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability.


Individual Accommodation Plans

The process in developing documented individual accommodation plans will include:

  • Involvement of the employee in the development of the plan
  • Assessment of the individual requirements
  • Respect and protection of the individual’s privacy
  • Review the plan for accommodation as necessary


Return to Work

Dynaplas will develop a return to work plan for employees with a disability who have been absent due to their disability and require accommodations.


F. Transportation Standard

The Transportation Standard does not apply at this time.


G. Design of Public Spaces

The Design of Public Spaces Standard does not apply at this time.


H. Exceptions

The Information and Communications Standard does not apply to:

  •  Products and product labels;
  • Unconvertible information or communications; or
  • Information that the organization does not control either directly or indirectly through a contractual relationship.


Unconvertible Information or Communications

If it is determined, in consultation with the requesting party, that information or communications are unconvertible, Dynaplas will ensure that the individual who made the request is provided with an explanation and a summary of the information.


Dynaplas will classify information or communications as unconvertible where:

  • It is not technically practicable to convert; or
  • The technology required to make the conversion is not readily available.


I. Review

This policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it is reflective of Dynaplas’ current practices and legislative requirements.