Linbrook School (the “School”) is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner and will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. In that regard, the School has established an accessibility policy and a multi-year accessibility plan to meet its obligations under Regulation 191/11, “Integrated Accessibility Standards” (“Regulation”) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
The School’s vision for accessibility is that people with disabilities, visible or invisible, are given the same opportunity as others to obtain and benefit from services offered by the School. The School’s goal is to make reasonable efforts to provide services in such a way that the key principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities are respected.
This policy applies to all employees, volunteers and agents of the School who interact with the School’s current and prospective employees, volunteers, agents, students, parents, suppliers, and any other people accessing the School’s services. This policy is available to the public and will be provided in an accessible format upon request.
The School will ensure that training is provided as required by the Regulation to all employees, and volunteers, all persons who provide goods, services or facilities on the School’s behalf, and all persons who participate in developing the School’s policies, on the requirements of the accessibility standards referred to in the Regulation and on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities. Training will be provided as soon as practicable. If any changes are made to this policy or the requirements, training will be provided to include those changes. The School shall maintain a record of the dates when training was provided and the number of individuals to whom it was provided. The School shall ensure that others that provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the organization have had training.
The School’s Accessibility Policy is publicly available for review in the School’s office. This document is also otherwise available, upon request.
The School will ensure that its processes for receiving and responding to feedback are accessible to persons with disabilities by providing or arranging for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports upon request. The School will notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
The School will, upon request, provide or arrange for accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Regulation as follows:
In a timely manner that takes into account the person’s accessibility needs due to a disability;
The School will notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.
Unconvertible Information or Communications
If the School determines that information or communications are unconvertible, the School will provide the person requesting the information or communication with,
Information or communications are unconvertible if,
If the School prepares emergency procedures, plans or public safety information and makes the information available to the public, the School shall provide the information in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports, as soon as practicable, upon request.
The School will comply with the requirements of the Employment Standards in the Regulation. The Employment Standards apply in respect of employees, and not volunteers or other non-paid individuals.
The School will notify employees and the public about the availability of accommodations for applicants and employees in its recruitment processes.
During the recruitment process, when job applicants are individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process they will be notified that accommodations are available upon request. If a selected applicant requests accommodation, the School will consult with the applicant and provide or arrange for suitable accommodation, taking into account the individual’s needs.
The School will notify successful applicants of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities when making offers of employment to a successful applicant.
The School shall inform its employees of its policies used to support employees with disabilities, including but not limited to, policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to a disability. Such information will be provided as follows:
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
Upon request by an employee with a disability, the School will consult with the employee to provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for:
The School will consult with the employee making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.
The School has developed a written process for developing a documented individual accommodation plan for employees with a disability. The process includes the following elements:
If requested, individual accommodation plans will include any information regarding accessible formats and communication supports provided, and if required, will include individualized workplace emergency response information. They will also identify any other accommodation to be provided.
The School has in place a return to work process for employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and require disability-related accommodation in order to return to work. The process is documented and outlines the steps that the School will take to facilitate the return to work. Individual accommodation plans will be used in the return to work process as appropriate.
Performance Management, Career Development and Advancement and Redeployment
Performance management processes related to assessing and improving employee performance, productivity and effectiveness will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans.
The School will take into account the accessibility needs of its employees with disabilities as well as any individual accommodation plans when providing career development and advancement to its employees. Career development and advancement includes providing additional responsibilities within an employee’s current position, the movement of an employee from one job to another which may provide greater responsibility, compensation and/or place the employee at a higher level in the organization, or any combination of these.
If the School has the need to reassign employees to other departments or jobs within the organization as a result of job elimination, the School will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities as well as individual accommodation plans.
The School shall provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability.
If the employee who receives individual workplace emergency response information requires assistance and with the employee’s consent, the School shall provide the workplace emergency information to the person designated by the School to provide assistance to the employee.
This will be done as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability.
The School will review the individualized workplace emergency response information when the employee moves to a different location in the organization, when overall accommodations needs or plans are reviewed and when the School reviews its general emergency response policies.
The School will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or redeveloping public spaces. Public spaces include, but are not limited to, outdoor public eating areas, outdoor paths of travel, accessible off street parking and service-related elements such as counters and waiting areas.
If the School has accessible elements in public spaces, it will develop procedures for preventative and emergency maintenance of those accessible elements, as required by the Regulation. The School will also develop procedures for dealing with temporary disruptions of accessible elements as required by the Regulation, should the School ever have accessible elements in the future.
If anyone has questions about the School’s accessibility policy and/or multi-year accessibility plan, or requires this information in an accessible format, please contact Mike Packowski at [email protected] or by calling the school directly at (905)-844-2697.