IMS is committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities as we believe in integration and equal opportunity. Our Multi-Year Accessibility Plan is designed to support the principles and requirements of the AODA and Ontario Regulation 191/11. In conjunction with our Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy, this plan outlines our strategy over the next five (5) years to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility.
This plan applies to IMS employees, volunteers, visitors and others who deal with the public or other third parties on their behalf. IMS will review and update this accessibility plan at least once every five (5) years.
IMS is committed to creating an inclusive culture across the organization by preventing and removing barriers for persons with disabilities. Where it is not possible to remove barriers, we will make efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities in a timely, effective and suitable manner.
This plan, which is available on the IMS website, will, upon request, be made available in various accessible formats. If you would like to receive a copy of the Plan in an alternate accessible format, please contact Human Resources by mail, fax 519-745-9774, telephone 519-745-8887 ext. 4226 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Accessible Formats” – may include, but are not limited to, large print, recorded audio and electronic formats, Braille and other formats usable by persons with disabilities;
“Barrier” – Means anything that prevents a person with a 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 barrier, a policy or practice;
“Communication Supports” – may include, but are not limited to, captioning, alternative and augmentative communication supports, plain language, sign language and other supports that facilitate effective communications;
“Feedback” – means any comments, compliments, suggestions or complaints provided to IMS by its customers;
“Internet Website” – means a collection of related web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that are addressed relative to a common Uniform Resource Identifier and is accessible to the public;
“Kiosk” – means an interactive electronic terminal, including a point of sale device, intended for public use;
“Large Organization” – means an obligated organization with 50 or more employees in Ontario;
“New Internet Website” – means either an Internet Website with a new domain name or an Internet Website with an existing domain name which has undergone a significant refresh;
“Mobility Aid” – means a device used to facilitate the transport, in a seated posture, of a person with a disability;
“Mobility Assistive Device” – means a cane, walker or similar aid.
IMS will ensure all employees are provided with the training needed to meet Ontario’s accessibility laws and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to persons with disabilities. All current employees must complete the on-line training by January 1, 2015. Moving forward, all new employees will be required to complete the training as part of their new hire orientation requirements. Upon request, training will be available in an accessible format.
Timeframe: January 1, 2015, ongoing for new employees
IMS does not use self-serve kiosks, however should this be a practice that is implemented, we are committed to considering the needs of people with disabilities as part of the design, procurement or acquisition of kiosks.
We are committed to providing any person with a disability an Accessible Format or Communication Support where one is requested. The format or support will be provided in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability.
> Upon request, emergency information will be publicly available in an accessible format.
Timeframe: Current and ongoing
> IMS will ensure that our Internet website and website content will be developed to comply with the requirements under Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) Level A.
Timeframe: January 1, 2021
We are committed to ensure that employment practices are developed for employees in the following areas, to meet the obligations under the Integrated Standards:
Timeframe: January 1, 2016
IMS will continue to meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or making major modifications to public spaces. We will notify the public in the event of a service disruption and alternatives available.
IMS does not currently provide transportation services. However, we are committed to providing accessible parking spaces and options to employees and visitors with disabilities.
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