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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) was proclaimed in 2005 and applies to both the public and private sector.  This legislation is meant to ensure that persons with disabilities have improved opportunities and provides for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in life.

Municipalities with a population of 10,000 or more are required to have a municipal accessibility advisory committee and all municipalities are required to develop annual accessibility plans and make them public.

The legislation allows for the formation of joint committees serving more than one entity. The County of Lennox and Addington is part of a joint accessibility advisory committee with the four lower-tier municipalities and the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital.

The mandate of the Committee is to advise the Councils of the partner municipalities and Hospital Board on the preparation and implementation of annual accessibility plans. These accessibility plans are meant to remove barriers for people with disabilities and ensure no new barriers are created.

2016 Accessibility Accomplishments

Ongoing initiatives:

  • The County continues to implement policies, practices and procedures on the provision of goods and services to people with disabilities. Every effort is made to ensure that these policies are consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity.
  • All County service locations welcome people with disabilities to keep their service animals with them in all areas which are open to the public.
  • Support persons for people with disabilities are welcome to remain with them in all areas which are open to the public, and access is free of charge to the County’s Museum and Archives for these support persons.
  • Notices are posted on entrance doors and the County’s website of any disruptions in facilities or services that are usually used by people with disabilities.
  • Feedback forms on how the County provides goods and services to people with disabilities are provided and responded to in a timely manner.
  • Training is provided to all staff and volunteers on the provision of the County’s services to people with disabilities, on the Integrated Accessibility Standards and the Human Rights Code.
  • Human Resources staff ensure that employment is accessible for persons with disabilities throughout the employment relationship.
  • Individual accommodations to members of staff are provided when necessary.
  • Accessibility for persons with disabilities is taken into account as part of the County’s Emergency Planning.
  • Information Technology staff monitor and review the County website regularly to ensure its accessibility.
  • Accessible materials are purchased for the County’s public libraries.
  • As part of the County’s procurement policy, staff have regard for accessibility features when acquiring or purchasing goods and services.
  • Lennox and Addington County continues to support the Eastern Ontario Regional Network project to improve high speed connectivity across Eastern Ontario.

 

Do You Need a Document in a Different Format?

The County of Lennox and Addington is committed to providing information and documents in formats which will work for you.  Please contact the Deputy Clerk to request an alternate format or complete this form Alternate Format Form

Accessibility Links:

Zoomtext Software and Keyboards - now available in County Libraries!

Please note: The County's Emergency Response Plan is available in accessible formats, upon request. For more information please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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