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Accessibility Policy

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Preamble


These policies contain items that meet the requirements of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07 and are good practice. Note that the policies may be revised as other standards are introduced under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, “disability” means,

(a) any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device,

(b) a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability,

(c) a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language,

(d) a mental disorder, or

(e) an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997; (“handicap”)

“Accessibility,” in general terms, means the degree to which a product, device, service or environment is available to as many people as possible.

Epilepsy Ontario strives at all times to provide service in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people who have a disability. We are committed to giving people who have a disability the same opportunity to access our services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other customers; ensuring that each citizen, regardless of ability, has equal, barrier free access to all services and is treated with dignity and respect.

I. Assistive Devices


1.0 Policy

1. It is the policy of Epilepsy Ontario to serve people with disabilities who use their own assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from our services.

An assistive device is an item a person may bring with them that is used to assist a person with a disability in accessing goods and services. Some may be visibly apparent, some may not.

II. Communication


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1. It is the policy of Epilepsy Ontario to communicate with people who have a disability in ways that take into account their disability, in any type of interaction with the public or other third parties, providing accessible service within the following formats:

  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Email
  • In person
  • Print copy
  • Electronic Copy – PDF
  • Website
  • Teleconferencing
  • Electronic Newsletters
  • Webinars
  • Social Media

III. Feedback Process


1.0 Policy

1. It is the ultimate goal of Epilepsy Ontario to meet and surpass service expectations while serving people who have a disability. Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcome and appreciated.  Epilepsy Ontario will ensure there       is a feedback process in place regarding the way services are provided to people who have a disability.

2. Epilepsy Ontario will publicly post a feedback form and the methods in which it can be submitted are as follows:

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Fax
  • In person
  • Print copy

3. All feedback will be directed to the Executive Director.

4. Customers can expect a response to feedback within 10 business days.

IV. Service Animals


1.0 Policy

1. It is the policy of Epilepsy Ontario to welcome people who have a disability who are accompanied by a service animal on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties.

A service animal is an animal that is specially trained to assist a person who has a disability and

a) It is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to disability

b) The person provides a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to disability

V. Support Persons


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1. It is the policy of Epilepsy Ontario to welcome people who have a disability who are accompanied by a support person.

A support person is someone who accompanies a person who has a disability who may assist with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs.

A support person may be a paid worker, volunteer, friend or family member.

2. Epilepsy Ontario will obtain written consent from the person who has a disability, or their guardian, if confidential information is being shared while the support person is present.

VI. Temporary Disruption of Service


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1. It is the policy of Epilepsy Ontario to provide notification of temporary disruption in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities or services that may be used by people who have a disability.

Click here to download a copy of our Accessibility Policy (PDF).

Epilepsy Ontario is committed to make accessibility a regular part of finding, hiring and supporting employees with disabilities. Qualified candidates interested in submitting an application for employment should know that Epilepsy Ontario will modify the recruitment and hiring process to accommodate disabilities as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Any modifications made to the recruitment and hiring process will not result in a penalty to the applicant.

Epilepsy Ontario seeks to always improve its customer service to people with disabilities.  If you have any comments, please download, complete and forward this feedback form to Epilepsy Ontario.  Thank you.

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