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Accessibility – Integrated Accessibility Standard Requirements:

 
Mackenzie Health is committed to creating an inclusive environment that recognizes, respects, and values diversity and promotes accessibility for people with disabilities (as per the Ontario Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA, 2005)). We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner.

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Accessibility – Customer Service: 

 

It is Mackenzie Health’s policy that people with disabilities be given an opportunity equal to that given to others to obtain, use and benefit from the provision of goods and services by the hospital, consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity as set out in the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07 (2007).  We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner.

 

This policy includes our guiding principles surrounding customer service and the specific training of current and future staff, physicians, students, and third party contractors; and is supported by procedures which outline the detailed processes and accommodations pursuant to this policy. 

 

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Accessibility – Service Animals: 

 

It is Mackenzie Health’s policy to create a welcoming environment for people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties, consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity as set out in the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (2005). We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner.

 

This policy identifies areas where access to service animals will be limited, including but not limited to:

  • operating rooms;
  • minor procedure rooms or rooms where sterile interventional procedures are occurring;
  • food preparation and food storage areas;
  • medication preparation or storage areas;
  • clean or sterile supply storage areas; and / or
  • rooms in which transmission based precautions are in place (isolated rooms).

This policy also outlines the responsibility of the owner of the service animal.

 

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Accessibility – Use of a Support Person: 

 

It is Mackenzie Health’s policy that people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person have access to that support person while receiving care and services by the hospital, consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity, in compliance with the Accessible for Ontarians with Disability Act, 2005 (AODA).  We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner.

 

This policy identifies areas where a support person may not be able to accompany patient and the organizations commitment to provide alternate services. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his/her support person while on our premises, unless it is a controlled access area, including but not limited to surgical suites, procedure rooms, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) and recovery rooms. If possible, situations requiring the separation of the person with a disability and their support person will be discussed with the individual in advance and appropriate measures taken.

 

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Accessibility – Assistive Devices:

 

It is Mackenzie Health’s policy that people with disabilities may use their own personal assistive devices or those which may be offered by the hospital, while receiving care and services provided by the hospital, consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity, in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).  If a person with a disability uses an assistive device, the person will be allowed to enter into all Mackenzie Health premises with the device and to use the device, unless not allowed by law or on the basis of medical or safety considerations.  We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner.  

 

Where the device is not allowed by law or on the basis of medical or safety considerations, staff will provide a reason and look for other ways for the person to receive the care and/or services. Possible barriers to the use of assistive devices will be removed where they can be.

The hospital will also ensure that all staff, physicians, volunteers, students, contractors and others dealing with the public are properly trained on how to use the assistive devices available in the hospital.

 

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Accessibility - Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Procedures:

 

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) is a provincial act with the purpose of developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises.

 

Under the AODA, Ontario Regulation 429/07 entitled “Accessibility Standards for Customer Service” came into force on January 1, 2008. This Regulation establishes accessibility standards specific to customer service for public sector organizations and other persons or organizations that provide goods and services to members of the public. Designated public sector organizations, including the Mackenzie Health, must comply with this standard as of January 1, 2010.

 

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