Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) & Customer Service Standards
The AODA was designed to make Ontario more accessible by identifying, removing and preventing barriers for persons with disabilities. Through the AODA, five standards were developed that will place mandatory requirements on private and public sector businesses with at least one employee in Ontario. Each standard will have rules that businesses must comply with, aimed at making Ontario barrier-free by 2025.
Gazelle Communications (“Gazelle”) strives at all times to provide its services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other clients. The purpose of this policy is to outline the responsibilities of employees who deal with clients on behalf of Gazelle in providing services to people with disabilities.
Gazelle is committed to excellence in serving all clients including people with disabilities. This commitment is demonstrated in the areas of:
- Communication: We communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. We train our employees who communicate with clients on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
- Telephone services: We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our clients. We train our employees to communicate with clients over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly and slowly.
- Assistive devices: We are committed to serving people with disabilities who use assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services. We ensure that our employees are trained and familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by clients with disabilities while accessing our services.
- Billing: We are committed to providing accessible invoices to all of our clients. Invoices will be provided in alternative format upon request. We will answer any questions clients may have about the content of the invoice in person, by telephone or email.
- Use of service animals and support persons: We are committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties. We will also ensure that all employees and others dealing with our clients are properly trained in how to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal. We are also committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person. Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to enter Gazelle offices with his or her support person. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his or her support person while on our premises.
- Notice of temporary disruption: Gazelle will provide clients with notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.
Gazelle strives to meet and surpass customer expectations while serving customers with disabilities. Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcome and appreciated. Please contact us at:
1235 Bay Street, Suite 1003