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.