Health & Safety: AODA

AODA or Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

In June, 2005 the Ontario government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The purpose of this enhanced Act is to develop, implement and enforce standards of accessibility for all Ontarians. St. Timothy’s Anglican Church’s Accessibility Policy is consistent with the AODA, 2006 and the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07.

Definition of Disability – What is Disability

According to the Ontario Human Rights Code, a “disability” is defined as:

  1. 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,
  2. A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability,
  3. A learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language,
  4. A mental disorder, or
  5. An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

For those people that need to handle people with disabilities, here are several documents that they should read and understand the role they should play in handling the many disabilities that people may have.

When you have perform the Awareness and Test Your Knowledge quizzes, contact Health & Safety for the answers.