Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

 

Policy Statement:

SAO is committed to providing quality service to our diverse user community, including persons with disabilities.  As part of our commitment to providing access to our services for all customers, we seek to remove obstacles faced by individuals with disabilities.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), SAO will provide service, both electronically and in person, in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities.

Procedures / Guidelines:

SAO will support our customers to utilize our services in the following manner:

1.      Providing Goods and Services

 Communications:

We will communicate to people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.  We will train our service staff on how to interact and communicate with our diverse user community and people with various types of disability, respecting their dignity and independence. For example, SAO provides, free of charge, larger print documents and the use of relay call services to accommodate customers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Telephone Services:

We will train our staff to communicate with our customers over the telephone in plain language and to speak clearly.  We will also make our staff familiar with telephone technologies intended for people with disabilities.

We will offer to communicate with customers by TTY (TeleTypewriter) if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available. For example, the SAO will provide step by step instructions on how to use the TTY feature along with other device tools.

We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our customers.  We will train our Contact Center Staff to communicate with customers over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly.

We will offer to communicate with customers by TTY (TeleTypewriter) if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available.

Assistive Devices:

We will ensure that our employees are familiar with and trained in the use of various assistive devices which may be utilized by our customers. For example, the SAO will provide step by step instructions on how to use the TTY feature along with other device tools.

Billing:

SAO is committed to providing accessible invoices in alternate formats upon the request of our customer by providing larger print documents.

 2.       Use of Service Animals and Support Persons

Service Animals:

Persons with a disability may enter SAO premises accompanied by a service animal, and keep the animal with them, in areas to which the public has access on our premises, providing the animal is not otherwise excluded by law.  While visiting our premises, it is the responsibility of the person with the service animal to ensure the animal is under control at all times.

Support Person:

Persons with a disability may be accompanied by a support person and have access to that individual at all times.  SAO may require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person while on our premises, in situations where it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the person with a disability.

 3.      Notice of Temporary Disruption

SAO will make every effort to provide customers with notice in the event of a 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.  We will not be able to give adequate notice in case of a temporary emergency disruption.

In order to make information accessible, signs and printed notices will be displayed at the entrance to our facilities.

 4.       Training for Staff

SAO will ensure that all persons to whom this policy applies receive training as required by the Accessibility Standards for Customer Services.  In addition, training will be provided to new employees as part of their orientation and on a continuing basis as required.  The amount and format of training will depend upon the person’s interaction with customers.  A record of training will be kept by the Facility Services Department.

Training will include:

  • The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
  • The requirements of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Services.
  • Information about SAO policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to the provision of services to users with disabilities.
  • How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
  • What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing SAO services.
  • How to interact with people with disabilities who use assistive devices or require assistance of a service animal or a support person.
  • How to use equipment or devices available by SAO that may help with the provision of services to persons with disabilities.

Applicable staff will be trained on policies, practices and procedures that affect the way goods and services are provided to people with disabilities. Staff will also be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to these policies, practices and procedures.  

 5.      Feeback Process

The ultimate goal of the SAO is to meet and surpass customer expectations while serving customers with disabilities. Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcomed and appreciated. Feedback regarding the way SAO provides services to people with disabilities can be made by contacting:

Sport Alliance Ontario
Attn:  H.R. Committee
3 Concorde Gate, Suite #313
North York, ON
M3C 3N7
1-800-THE-SAO1

6.      Modification to This or Other Policies

SAO is committed to developing and updating customer service policies that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.  Therefore, no changes will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities.

7.       Question About this Policy

 All questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Facility Services Manager.

sport alliance

In Memoriam of Sport Alliance Ontario

The funding has run out. The province of Ontario defunded the Sport Alliance Ontario late last year, and the organization has officially declared bankruptcy. Since 1968 the Alliance has provided funding and scholarships for a number of athletic programs all over Ontario. More on that later.

What should the Alliance have done? Should it have used more bodybuilding.com coupon codes when making purchase orders? Had annual garage sales of our office equipment?

This website is being kept up as a memoriam of the Alliance, and also as a source of information for the numerous athletic bodies that are wondering why they’re funding is currently delayed. The expense of keeping the site up and running is out of pocket, and is not being funded by the province of Ontario in any way.

Interested parties in acquiring this domain name should send us a message in our contact form.

What The Alliance Did:

The Alliance was best known for putting on the Ontario Games, which we’re happy to see is still continuing despite this situation.

On top of the Ontario Games, we also funded the Ontario Sport Awards and the Team Ontario Development Grant. Like the Ontario Games, these projects will continue as normal, according to Blane McPhail (no, seriously, that’s his name), the spokesperson for the Sport Minister.

We’d like to thank everyone whom has worked for, or otherwise helped support, the Sport Alliance Ontario. If you have any other questions, feel free to use our contact form. We will reinstate as much of the old website as we can, so that any and all answers to your questions can be found. Goodbye. Au Revoir.