Toronto City Mission’s Policy on Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability
Toronto City Mission (TCM) is committed to excellence in serving all participants including people with disabilities.
The definition of a Disability as applicable under the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act may be found in the Ontario Human Rights Code. This is a condensed definition:
- Any degree of physical infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness;
- A condition of mental impairment or disorder, a developmental or learning dysfunction.
“Disability” includes, but is not limited to, such things as epilepsy, paralysis, impaired vision or hearing, speech impediment, reliance on a guide dog, wheel chair or other assistive devices.
3. Access to Goods and Services
It is the policy of TCM to do our best to provide our services to those with disabilities by:
- Providing access to the premises as far as possible by reasonable accommodation
- Providing access to information in a format that accommodates a Disability as reasonable
- Respecting the independence of disabled individuals by allowing them independence as necessary, while also providing reasonable assistance as might be requested by them
- Respecting the dignity of disabled individuals
- Considering means of integration and equal opportunity for disabled individuals
4. Support Persons
It is the policy of TCM to allow disabled individuals to be accompanied by a support person when accessing the services.
5. Service Animals and Assistive Devices
It is the policy of TCM to allow service animals on the premises and in all situations where a disabled individual requires the service animal to access services, except in circumstances where the animal is excluded by law from the premises, such as in places where food is being prepared. We will also not prevent the use of assistive devices on the premises, and will not interfere with such devices without the permission of the owner/user.
6. Temporary Disruptions
If any methods of accommodating disabled individuals are interrupted, TCM will post a notice in a conspicuous place. Such notice will advise of alternate arrangements available, if any.
7. Training for Staff
TCM will provide training to all employees and others who deal with the public or other third parties on their behalf, and all those who are involved in the development and approval of service policies, practices, and procedures.
Training will include the following:
- The purposes of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the requirements of the customer service standard.
- How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
- How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person.
- What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing our services.
- How to use or operate any equipment on the premises or otherwise which is specifically designed to assist people with disabilities (i.e. elevators), and what to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing said equipment.
- TCM’s policies, practices, and procedures relating to the customer service standard.
Applicable staff will be trained on policies, practices and procedures that affect the way services are provided to people with disabilities. Staff will also be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to these policies.
Toronto City Mission will accept and consider feedback from anyone who has any concern about the Accessibility Policy and its implementation. Feedback may be submitted in writing, by email, or by telephone to the Human Resources Coordinator:
Toronto City Mission
Attn: Human Resources
2610 Birchmount Road
Toronto, ON M1W 2P5
9. Modifications to this or other policies
Any policy of Toronto City Mission that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed.
10. Availability of Documents
All documents relating to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) will be made available upon request and in a format reasonably accommodating Disabilities. Requests can be made in writing, by email, or by telephone. Please address your request to the person set out in section 8 of this policy.