Are You Ready for Ontario’s Accessibility Compliance Deadline? An Accessibility Primer for Smaller Businesses

The Conference Board of Canada, October 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST
Live Webinar by The Conference Board of Canada

People with disabilities are a vibrant, important, and growing part of Ontario’s population. By removing the barriers to participation that exist in Ontario, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA, seeks to maximize both the inclusivity of our communities and the value that people with disabilities contribute to our economy. The goal of the Act is “to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.”

This year, businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees must submit accessibility compliance reports. Mahvish Kaan, AODA Program Advisor, will outline the current reporting system, walk participants through a few compliance sample questions, and discuss what happens if an organization is not compliant.

Amsterdam Brewery is a leading organization in accessible employment and accommodation. Michelle Deslippe, Human Resources Generalist, will reflect upon Amsterdam Brewery’s compliance journey, the benefits that employees with disabilities bring to the organization and how the AODA was a primer that allowed them to move from technical accessibility to true inclusion.

In this 60-minute session, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of the Government of Ontario’s compliance process
  • Learn tips and strategies to ensure your organization meets AODA requirements
  • Have the opportunity to ask experts pressing accessibility compliance questions

About Mahvish

Photo of Mahvish KannMahvish Kann is a Program Advisor at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. As a member of the Public Education and Partnerships Unit, her work focuses on increasing Ontarians’ understanding of accessibility and compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. In her current role, she leads various projects related to the delivery of public education programs and strategic partnerships.

About Michelle

Photo of Michelle DeslippeMichelle Deslippe is a Human Resources professional with over 10 years of experience working within the Manufacturing sector. She has worked in all functions of HR including recruitment, compensation and benefits and employee relations. In addition, she has held full responsibility for the AODA implementation and regulations at each company she has worked for. Currently, Michelle is overseeing Human Resources at Amsterdam Brewery. Amsterdam Brewery was recently featured on the Canadian television show, Employable Me, which follows the journey of people with disabilities, while they seek meaningful employment.

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