Across Boundaries is committed to creating an environment that is accessible to all persons and that treats all members of the community with respect and dignity. As such, and in keeping with the accessibility requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Across Boundaries will strive to continuously improve the way in which we recognize and meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in our community, with a focus on independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity so individuals may benefit from improved access to our services.
Across Boundaries welcomes feedback about how accessible our customer service approaches are in meeting the needs people living with various types of disabilities. Any feedback about how to improve the accessibility of our customer services is important to us. This feedback may be provided in the following ways:
By regular mail, addressed to:
51 Clarkson Ave,
York, ON M6E 2T5
By telephone: 416-787-3007 ext. 297
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Responses will be provided seven (7) business days upon receipt of the feedback.
The term disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, refers to:
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.
2) Customer Service Standard of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act has mandated accessibility standards to remove barriers in important areas of everyday living for persons with disability. The vision behind the act is to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disability by 2025. The Customer Service standard is the first standard developed under the Act. Others standards are expected to cover transportation, information, communication, employment and the built environment and will be introduced over the next several years.
3) Client, Consumer, Customer
A person who inquires about our services, accesses our services, or does business with us.
Anything that prevents a person with disability from fully participating in all aspects of society because of his or her disability, including a physical barrier, an architectural barrier, an information or communications barrier, an attitudinal barrier, a technological, an economic, a policy or practice.
5) Assistive Device
Any devices that persons bring with them such as white canes, walkers, vision aids such as binocular or monocular, magnifiers or oxygen tanks.
6) Assistive Communication Devices
Aids or software that is used to help persons with disability communicate. Examples of assistive communications devices are test readers, amplifiers, screen magnifiers, captioning and interpretation
7) Guide Dog
is a highly trained working dog that has been trained at one of the facilities listed in Ontario Regulation 58 under the Blind Persons’ Rights Act, to provide mobility, safety and increased independence for people who are blind.
8) Service Dog
As reflected in Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562 a dog other than a guide dog for the blind is a service dog if:
- it is readily apparent to an average person that the dog functions as a service dog for a person with a medical disability;
- Or the person who requires the dog can provide on request a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires a service dog.
9) Service Animal
As reflected in Ontario Regulation 429/07, an animal is a service animal for a person with a disability if
- it is readily apparent the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to his or her disability; or
- The person provides a letter from physician or nurse confirming the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability.
10) Support Person
As reflected in Ontario Regulation 429/07, a support person means, 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 access to goods and services.