Demanding Monitoring of AODA Mandatory Accessibility Training for People with Disabilities

Demanding Monitoring of AODA Mandatory Accessibility Training for People with Disabilities

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Demanding Inspectors to Monitor AODA Mandatory Accessibility Training for People with Disabilities in the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario  

People with disabilities continue to be unserved, de-humanized, and misunderstood due to damaging societal and medical model perspectives viewing these specific populations as being incapable of living independent lives, not contributing to their communities, and unable to develop meaningful relationships.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005 to take action towards increasing accessibility among people who experience disabilities. Despite the Act, employers are not meeting the guidelines and are not incorporating AODA training with their hiring procedures. Employers in private sectors are required by the Ontario Act to provide training to ALL employees, workers, volunteers, or new recruits to complete the training to spread awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities experience with accessibility to businesses, restaurants, and services. When employers do not provide accessibility training to employers, they participate in violating the AODA and fail to provide the opportunity to employees on how to interact with people who experience disabilities.

These issues are being overlooked by Inspectors that are required to ensure inclusion and accessibility rights. Inspections are not checking for certificates and completion of AODA training when they are investigating the compliance regulations for businesses. Ensuring that all employees and employers have completed the course by presenting certificates upon inspections must be mandatory. Training encourages others to gain knowledge on the various ways to interact with people who experience disabilities and the accommodations that are required, while learning about the AODA and the Human Rights Code. People with disabilities experience systemic oppression, exclusion, and discrimination despite laws that are put in place to ensure their rights are being protected and these injustices must be corrected to provide opportunities to participate in building a strong united front and social justice for all.

If you think that you are not affected, think again, we are all dependant on others throughout our lives and we ALL know someone who will experience a disability in their lifetime.   

I encourage you to sign this important petition to promote inclusion and accessibility rights that are included in the Human Rights Code to provide equality to everyone. Together we can make a difference.

Take Further Action Towards Promoting Awareness and Inclusion for People with Disabilities by Completing the Free-Online AODA Training.

https://www.aoda.ca/free-online-training/

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