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Accessibility Policy

Purpose and Application

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 all municipalities must meet the requirements of accessibility standards established by regulation. This policy establishes the accessibility standards for customer service for Camp Wahanowin, in accordance withOntario Regulation 429/07. This policy applies to all employees of Camp Wahanowin, agents,volunteers and contracted service staff.  Camp Wahanowin is committed to meet the needs of person’s with disabilities in a timely manner.

Definitions

Accessible means customer service is provided in a manner that is capable of being easily understood or appreciated; easy to get at; capable of being reached, or entered; obtainable.

Disability means:
A. Any degree of physical infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of thefore going, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis,amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog , or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device,
B. A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability
C. A learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language,
D. A mental disorder,
E. An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997

Guide Dog means a dog trained as a guide for a blind person and having the qualifications prescribed by the Blind Persons’ Rights Act R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 1 (1).

Service Animal is an animal for a person with a disability, if it is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to his/her disability; or if the person provides a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability.

Policy Statement

Camp Wahanowin is committed to providing exceptional and accessible service to its customers. Goods and services will be provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence to all customers. The provision of services to persons with disabilities will be integrated wherever possible. Persons with disabilities will be given an opportunity equal to that given to others, to obtain, use or benefit from the goods and services provided by and on behalf of Camp Wahanowin.

Policy Requirements

1) Accessibility Training Policy

A. Every person who deals with members of the public or who participates in developing Camp Wahanowin’s policies, practices and procedures governing the provision of goods and services to the public; including camp staff, volunteers, agents, contractors and others who provide service on behalf of Camp Wahanowin will receive training regarding the provision of goods and services to persons with disabilities.

B. The training will include the following information:
▪The purposes of the Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act,
▪How to interact and communicate with persons with various types of disabilities,
▪How to interact with persons with disabilities who use an assisted device, or require the assistance of a service animal or support person
▪How to use equipment made available by the camp to help people with disabilities to access goods and services
▪What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing services.

C. Training will be provided to each person according to his or her needs and duties and as soon as is practicable on an ongoing basis in connection with changes to policies,practices and procedures governing the provision of goods or services to persons with disabilities. A record of the dates on which training is provided and the numberof individuals to whom it is provided will be kept.

2) Feedback Process

A. Camp Wahanowin accepts feedback from the public in a variety of methods including:
▪Phone
▪In person
▪Fax
▪Email
▪And, through feedback form

B. All feedback, including feedback regarding good services and facilities, is reviewed by the Directors. Complaints are investigated and follow up is provided to the customer if requested.

3) Use of Service Animals and Support Persons

A. If a person with a disability is accompanied by a guide dog or other service animal, Camp Wahanowin will ensure that the person is permitted to enter Camp Wahanowin’s facilities with the animal and to keep the animal with him or her unless the animal is otherwise excluded by law. Where a service animal is excluded by law, Camp Wahanowin will ensure that other measures are available to enable the person with a disability to obtain, use and benefit from the camp’s goods and services. The service animal must be under the care and control of the individual at all times.

B. If a person with a disability is accompanied by a support person, Camp Wahanowin will ensure that both persons are permitted to enter the camp facilities, and that the person with a disability is not prevented from having access to the support person. Camp Wahanowin Ltd. may require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person when in a camp facility, but only if a support person is necessary to protect the health or safety of the person with a disability or the health or safety of others in the facility. If an amount is payable by a support person for admission, or otherwise, to a premise, Camp Wahanowin will ensure notice is given in advance about the amount.

4) Notice of Temporary Disruptions

A. Camp Wahanowin shall provide notice of disruption of services to the public.

B. Any Notice of Disruption will contain the following:
▪Reason for the disruption
▪Anticipated duration
▪Alternative facilities or services

C. Camp staff will provide such notice in at least one of the following three methods:
▪Notice physically posted at the site of the disruption
▪Notice on the camp website
▪Notice in local newspaper

5) Notice of Availability of Documents

A. Camp Wahanowin will provide the public notice of the availability of the documents, required by the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, (O. Reg 429/07) upon request. Notice of availability will be provided on Camp Wahanowin’s web site and through other printed methods.

6) Format of Documents

A. If Camp Wahanowin is required, by the Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act, 2005, to give a copy of a document to a person with a disability, the camp will take into account the person’s ability to access the information and will provide the document or information contained in the document in a format that meets those needs as agreed upon with the person.

7) Accessible Websites and Web Content

Camp Wahanowin will ensure that its website, including web content, conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, as required by the Regulation, except where this is impracticable.

8) Public Spaces

Camp Wahanowin is committed to ensuring its “public spaces” remain accessible to all person’s with disabilities. Public Spaces refers to outdoor recreational trails, beach access routes, boardwalks, ramps, outdoor public use eating areas, outdoor play spaces, outdoor paths of travel, accessible parking and main camp office.

9) Related and Supporting Documentation

A. Camp Wahanowin’s Policies

B. Accessible Customer Service Training Records

C. Ontario Regulation 429/07, Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act, 2005 –Accessibility Standards for Customer Service

D. Our Multi-Year Accessibility Plan can be found here.