The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
The AODA became law on June 13, 2005. Under this landmark legislation, the provincial government developed standards to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. The vision of the act is to have an accessible Ontario by 2025.
GHMS developed a five-year accessibility plan that outlined the policies and actions that GHMS would put in place to improve opportunities for people with disabilities. GHMS has developed its Accessibility Policy and implemented a number of initiatives aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities. Some of the highlights were:
- accessibility training for all employees
- implementation of practices to ensure accessible communications
- an update to our website which conforms to level A of the accessibility guidelines established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- implementation of practices to make our workplace more accessible
Going forward, GHMS will continue to update its website to ensure that it conforms to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by January 1, 2021 as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. In addition, GHMS will monitor the success of its accessibility initiatives and look for ways to improve the way in which it interacts with people with disabilities.
GHMS is committed to treating all individuals in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. GHMS values integration and equal opportunity and is committed to meeting the 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.
GHMS’s employees receive annual accessibility training to enable them to recognize and assist people with accessibility needs annually. Any volunteers or contractors working with the public on behalf of GHMS will also receive accessibility training.
GHMS values the input and feedback that it receives from its customers. Customers with disabilities who wish to provide feedback in another format or find out more about the ways in which GHMS provides services to persons with disabilities can contact us in one of the following ways:
P.O. Box 1900 861 Redwood Square
Accessible Information and Communications
GHMS is committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities. When asked, we will provide information about our goods, services and facilities and in accessible formats or with communication supports. GHMS will consult with people with disabilities to determine their information and communication needs.
GHMS is committed to providing the customers and clients with publicly available emergency information in an accessible way upon request.
GHMS website conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A. The WCAG guidelines cover things such as:
- writing web content in clear language
- providing alternate text for images or
- making sure someone can navigate our website with just a keyboard
GHMS is committed to improving the level of accessibility of its website and meeting the requirement to increase its level of accessibility to WCAG Level AA by January 1, 2021.
At GHMS, service animals are always welcome
GHMS has implemented practices and policies to ensure that it accommodates individuals with disabilities during recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired. When needed, we provide customized workplace emergency information to employees who have a disability. If using performance management, career development and redeployment processes, we will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities.
If you have any questions about GHMS’s accessibility policies, practices or initiatives please contact GHMS.