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.
2015 Accessibility Accomplishments
- 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.
- Audits are performed by members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee of all County service locations in order to assist in the removal of physical barriers to accessibility.
- Physical accessibility improvements are initiated as part of renovations or as special projects. This includes improvements to doors, doorways and openers, washrooms, interior hallways and rooms, ramps, and signage.
- The expanded County Museum and Archives reopened, which is fully accessible, including the addition of an elevator.
- The newly constructed property services garage on the Court House Campus was completed and is also fully accessible.
- Rear patios, sidewalks and exterior parking lot lighting were replaced at the Jubilee Apartment building. These improvements benefit all residents of the building including the elderly and those with disabilities.
- Rear landings were repaired at the Disraeli Street units and parking lots were repaired at Meadow Lane units and The Maples units. These repairs allow for safe, accessible exterior access to the units.
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