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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

What is accessibility?

It simply means giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate fully in everyday life.

Policy Statement

The County of Northumberland is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) and all of the standards under it in order to create a barrier-free Ontario.

Background

In recognition of a history of discrimination against persons of disabilities, the government of Ontario developed and passed a law called the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act with the goal of creating a barrier-free Ontario by 2025. This law is the first of its kind in Canada.

Under this landmark legislation the government of Ontario is authorized to develop, implement and enforce mandatory accessibility standards that will identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities in key areas of daily living. 

The Transportation, Information & Communication and Employment standards are all part of the new Integrated Accessibility Standard regulation (IASR) which will be phased in between 2011 and 2021. The IASR sets out specific requirements for each standard as well as general requirements.

What is an accessibility standard?

A standard is an agreed way of doing something.  Standards control the quality, safety and reliability of products and services.

An accessibility standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is a law that designated businesses and organizations have to follow to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities within a certain timeframe.

Five sets of accessibility standards are planned, including:

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