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September 17th-20th, 2014

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act - Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

  • Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker(s): Leah Simon


The goal of the AODA is to make Ontario accessible to persons with disabilities by the year 2025. Significant responsibility for achieving this goal has been placed on organizations operating in Ontario’s private sector. This session reviews what we have learned through the process of complying with the first set of accessibility standards – the Customer Service Standards - and what action the provincial government has taken to enforce the AODA to date.

This session will help law firms prepare for what's coming next.  Developing accessibility policies and a multi-year accessibility plan for compliance with the IASR (Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation) is a team effort.  The IASR is no longer the domain of HR as much of the legislation lays outside of HR's roles and skill sets.  Teams or committees need to be established to bring about the right plans and policies and these teams or working groups should be made up of senior level Facility and Property Managers, HR, IT, Operations and Marketing.  Come out and learn what you need to know in order to understand and comply with the legislation and regulations!