- The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA)
- The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
- Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (Ont. Reg. 429/07)
- Integrated Accessibility Standards (Ont. Reg. 191/11)
- What is a Disability?
- What is a Barrier?
- Oshawa Accessibility Design Standards
The ODA is a Provincial statute that seeks to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities to their full participation in the life of the province. All municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 must appoint an Accessibility Advisory Committee. The Act also requires all municipalities to prepare annual accessibility plans to identify, remove (where possible), and prevent barriers to access for people with disabilities. To learn more about the ODA connect with the Accessibility Directorateat the Ministry of Community and Social Services website.
The purpose of the AODA is to achieve accessibility for citizens with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises on or before January 1, 2025 by developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards. For additional information please visit the Ministry of Community and Social Services - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities website.
What is a "Disability"?
Under the Act, a disability includes:
- any degree of physical disability caused by bodily injury, birth defect, or illness. Examples are: diabetes mellitus, paralysis, epilepsy, vision or hearing loss;
- a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability;
- a learning disability; or
- a mental disorder; or
- an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
The Act defines a barrier as "anything that prevents a person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of society because of his or her disability".
Barriers can be physical, architectural, communications, attitudinal, technological, or a policy or a practice ("obstacle").
Examples of a Barrier:
A door knob that cannot be operated by a person with limited upper-body mobility and strength
A hallway or door that is too narrow for a wheelchair or scooter
Typefaces that are too small to be read by a person with low-vision
A professor who talks loudly when addressing a deaf student
A receptionist who ignores a customer in a wheelchair
A paper tray on a laser printer that requires two strong hands to open
A practice of announcing important messages over an intercom that people with hearing impairments cannot hear clearly
|Policy Advisor:||Lynda Lawson|
|Location:||8th Floor, City Hall
50 Centre Street South, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 3Z7
|Phone:||905-436-3311 Ext. 2288|