WHAT IS THE AODA?
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is provincial legislation applying to all organizations with one or more employees. The Act currently has five standards in effect: Customer Service; Information and Communication; Employment; Transportation; and Design of Public Spaces.
THE AODA PROJECT
The AODA project focuses on educating businesses about their requirements under the Act, the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities, and the resources available through EARN. The AODA Project catchment area is Ottawa and surrounding areas including Renfrew and Lanark Counties. The AODA Project will be delivered through Partnership Coordinators who will work one-on-one with businesses and business owners to collaborate with business associations, networks, service agencies, and sector tables with respect to the project focus. This flagship project will be the foundation for expansion into other districts, with the goal of unification and support in project initiatives province-wide at the forefront. The AODA Project is led by United Way, in partnership with and funded by, the Government of Ontario.
EARN AND THE AODA PROJECT
The AODA Project works hand-in-hand with EARN, in order to best provide education and resources to businesses and employers with respect to AODA requirements, tools, services, and assistance. Through EARN membership, businesses can ensure current continuing education, toolkits, newsletters, hiring resources, and community involvement opportunities.
HOW AODA PARTNERSHIP COORDINATORS HELP YOU
AODA Partnership Coordinators provide education on the requirements for businesses under the AODA and help employers to access the untapped talent pool of Ontarians with disabilities. Coordinators also provide resources and tools in order for businesses to become compliant and maintain inclusive practices under the Act. AODA Partnership Coordinators will liaise with EARN in order to provide businesses with network membership which will benefit them in continuing education, networking opportunities, and the hiring of persons with disabilities. AODA Coordinators offer free accessibility learning and training sessions in your community or in your workplace. To learn more or to contact an AODA Partnership Coordinator click here.
THE BENEFITS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
- Become compliant with AODA legislation
- Have access to free tools, education, and resources regarding the AODA and EARN
- Gain business and increase sales through valuing the needs of Ontarians with disabilities
- Promote your brand while positively impacting your community
- Learn the business benefits of hiring persons with disabilities
- Become aware of networks and services available to you through EARN
- Participate in community-wide collaboration and equal access opportunities for all
The AODA Project is led by United Way, in partnership with and funded by, the Government of Ontario.