The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) fully supports the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the policies, procedures and activities necessary to eliminate barriers. As an organization committed to improving the quality of life for Ontarians living with an acquired brain and spinal cord injury, accessibility is a key value of the Foundation.
The Foundation is guided by the principles of:
- Dignity: providing service in a way that allows the person with a disability to maintain self-respect and the respect of other people.
- Independence: a person with a disability is allowed to do things on their own without the unnecessary help or interference from others
- Integration: provide service in a way that allows the person with a disability to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in the same or similar way as other customers, unless a different way is necessary to enable them to access the services or products of the Foundation or its facilities
- Equal Opportunity: provide service to a person with a disability in such a way that they have an equal opportunity to access the services, products or facilities as what is given to others.
ONF is committed to improving accessibility and ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We will put the following policies into practice in alignment with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
- The Foundation is committed to training staff and volunteers on Ontario’s Accessibility laws and on Accessibility aspects of the Human Rights Code that apply to persons with disabilities. Training will be provided in a manner that best suits the duties of the employees and volunteers.
Information and Communications
- The Foundation is committed to meeting the communication needs of peoples with disabilities. The Foundation will provide information and communication materials in accessible formats with communication supports.
- The Foundation maintains an ongoing relationship with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and the Ontario Brain Injury Association as representatives of those Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury. Both organizations advise the Foundation on the information and communication needs of these communities.
- The Foundation is committed to a plain language approach to its public communications and materials.
- The Foundation is committed to inclusive employment practices in all its activities.
- The Foundation provides accommodations to those employees, volunteers and contractors taking into account the accessibility needs of people with disabilities.
- Accommodations include support for attendant services, travel and hotel accommodations and modified work environments and practices.
- The Foundation provides a barrier free work space for all its employees, visitors, volunteers and contractors.
- Barrier free work space includes but is not limited to door and corridor size, hold open devices, counter and sink heights, access to accessible washrooms, light and electrical switches, floor material that is conducive to wheelchair use and any other features that promote a barrier free environment.