The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Ace, 2005 (AODA) is Provincial Legislation with the purpose of developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises on or before January 1, 2025.
Ontario Regulation 429/07 entitled “Accessibility Standards for Customer Service” (the “Customer Service Standard”) establishes accessibility standards specific to customer service for public sector organizations and other persons or organizations that provide goods and services to members of the public or other third parties, including Virtek.
This policy addresses the following in accordance with the Customer Service Standard:
This policy applies to all employees of Virtek.
Accessibleshall mean capable of being entered or reached, approachable; easy to get at; capable of being influenced, obtainable; able to be understood or appreciated.
Assistive Deviceshall mean a device used to assist persons with disabilities in carrying out activities or in accessing the services of persons or organizations covered by the Customer Service Standard.
Dignityshall mean respecting and treating every person including persons with a disability as valued and as deserving of effective and full service as any other customer.
Independenceshall mean freedom from control or influence of others, freedom to make your own choices.
Guide Dogshall mean a dog trained as a guide for a person who is blind and having the qualifications prescribed by the regulations under the Ontario Blind Persons’ Rights Act.
Goods and Servicesshall mean goods and services provided by Virtek Vision International Inc.
Service Animalsshall mean animals that are used as a service animal for a person with a disability if: (a) it is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to his or her disability, or (b) the person provides a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability.
Support Personshall mean in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care, medical needs or with access to goods or services.
Virtek is committed to excellence in serving all customers including persons with disabilities and will carry out its functions and responsibilities to ensure that policies, practices, and procedures are consistent with the following principles:
Virtek encourages open communication and expects that persons with disabilities will communicate their need for accommodation or assistance if it is not readily apparent.
Virtek will communicate with persons with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
Virtek will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the access, use, and benefit of its goods or services are not compromised for persons with disabilities who require assistive devices, or who are accompanied by a guide dog, service animal or support person.
Service animals, including, but not limited to Guide dogs, Hearing dogs, Seizure Response dogs, and other certified service animals shall be permitted entry into all Virtek facilities and meeting rooms that are open to the public, unless the service animal is otherwise excluded from the area by law (e.g. where there are overriding health and safety considerations).
Persons with disabilities shall be permitted to obtain, use or benefit from goods or services through the use of their own assistive devices. Exceptions may occur in situations where Virtek has determined that the assistive device may pose a risk to the health and safety of a person with a disability or the health and safety of others on the premises. In these situations, if a person with a disability is hindered from accessing goods or services, Virtek will accommodate the customer by providing an alternative where possible. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to ensure that his or her assistive device is operated in a safe and controlled manner at all times. Virtek will ensure that its employees are trained and familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing its goods and services.
Virtek is committed to welcoming customers with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person. Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to enter Virtek’s premises with his or her support person. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his or her support person while on Virtek premises. Depending on the circumstances, the support person may be required to sign a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement. If a support person is necessary for the health & safety of a person with disabilities, or for the health and safety of other persons, Virtek will require the accompaniment of a support person on Virtek premises. Conversely, unless there are overriding health & safety concerns, the person with a disability may choose not to be accompanied by his or her support person at all times.
In the event that a service disruption occurs, that would limit a person with a disability from gaining access to Virtek facilities, goods or services, Virtek will make the disruption known to customers in the following ways:
Virtek will provide AODA customer service training to all employees and others who deal with the public or other third parties on Virtek’s behalf. Training will also be provided to any person involved in the development and approvals of Virtek’s policies, practices, and procedures governing the provision of goods and services to members of the public or other third parties. This training will be provided to all new staff and on an on-going basis for staff to ensure all stay current with any policy or procedural changes related to the Customer Service Standard.
Training will include:
Further training will occur when changes are made to Virtek’s plan.
Training records will be made and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the AODA Customer Service Standard.
Customers or others who wish to provide feedback regarding the way Virtek provides goods and services to people with disabilities can be made in person, by phone, through email or by other means as required. All feedback should be directed to the Director, Human Resources, as follows:
By telephone: +1 .519.746.7190 x202
By facsimile: +1. 519.746.3383
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By regular mail / in person:
Director, Human Resources
Virtek Vision International Inc.
785 Bridge Street, Waterloo, ON N2V 2K1
A response can be expected within ten (10) business days of providing feedback to Virtek. Any complaints about goods and services provided to persons with disabilities will be addressed according to Virtek’s regular complaint management process. Feedback will be used to improve the provision of goods and services to persons with disabilities.
Any Virtek policy that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities will be modified or removed.
Virtek has prepared the documentation required under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and will provide them upon request.