The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 (the AODA) is a comprehensive law designed to make Ontario completely accessible to persons with disabilities by the year 2025. The provincial government has enacted a number of Accessibility Standards as regulations under the AODA. Each Accessibility Standard is targeted at removing barriers for persons with disabilities in key areas of daily living. This course covers the Customer Service Standard which is now part of the AODA’s Integrated Accessibility Standards, the purpose of which is to make the goods, services and facilities provided by businesses and organizations in Ontario accessible to persons with disabilities. This course covers the purpose of the AODA and the requirements of the Customer Service Standard; how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities including those who use assistive devices, service animals, guide dogs, or support people; how to use equipment or devices in order to help those with disabilities access your organization's goods, services, and facilities; instruction on what to do if customers are having difficulty accessing your organization's goods, services, or facilities; and instruction on how to approach your organization's policies, practices, and procedures governing the provision of goods, services, and facilities to people with disabilities.
The information contained in these training materials is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Participating in this training program or reading these training materials does not create a lawyer-client relationship with Sherrard Kuzz LLP or with any other legal provider. Participants/readers are advised to seek specific legal advice from members of Sherrard Kuzz LLP (or alternate legal counsel) in relation to any decision or course of action contemplated.Learning Objectives
- Identify the expectations for providing customer service in accordance with the requirements of the Customer Service Standard
- Identify the four key principles of the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service
- Interact and communicate in an appropriate manner with a customer who has a disability
- Interact in an appropriate manner with a customer who requires the use of an assistive device
- Interact in an appropriate manner with a customer who requires the use of a support person, service animal, or guide dog