Persons with Disabilities
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA, aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. The AODA became law on June 13, 2005 and applies to all levels of government, nonprofits, and private sector businesses in Ontario that have one or more employees (full-time, part-time, seasonal, or contract). Follow this link to read an overview about the AODA.
The AODA includes requirements that all organizations must meet, with deadlines specific to an organization’s type and size. The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario was established under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 (ODA) to manage the implementation of the ODA and continues with an expanded mandate under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The mandate of the ADO is to lead the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities through the development and enforcement of accessibility standards, and to provide public education and guidance, tools and materials for accessibility planning and programming. The Directorate works with persons with disabilities, various sectors of the economy and government Ministries. The Directorate has many online resources, training webinars, workshops and an informative e-newsletter that can assist you in creating and maintaining an accessible workplace, as well as development of communications pieces and an accessible website.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has a 5-part eLearning series (20 minutes) for public, private and not-for-profit sectors and completes the training requirements for section 7 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards of the AODA. Once completed a participant completes the eLearning series 'Working Together: The Code and the AODA' participant can download a certificate for proof of compliance.