Strategies for Overcoming Barriers
Union of Ontario Indians Chiefs of Ontario
Accessibilities for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
More than 15% of Ontarians have a disability – that’s more than 1 in every 7 people living in Ontario. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) seeks to remove barriers and achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities in a number of key areas.
Under the AODA, the Province of Ontario will implement five accessibility standards:
1. Customer Service
3. Information and Communication
5. Built Environment
The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, requires organizations in Ontario to meet certain requirements by January 1, 2012. (The other standards: Transportation, Information and Communication, Employment and Built Environment are in various stages of development and will be enacted into law with a phase-in approach)
The Ontario Soccer Association’s commitment to Accessibility
The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) encourages the inclusion of all participants in soccer as players, coaches, referees and administrators. The growth at the grassroots is exciting and we continue to collaborate on an ongoing basis with Clubs, District Associations and the National Association. The OSA is committed to achieving barrier free accessibility for all persons with disabilities that seek services or products of soccer in Ontario. The expectations of the Customer Service standard are consistent with providing the best soccer experience and the best experience for all who seek services within soccer organizations.
The OSA aims to provide all members with information about accessibility related resources as well as inform all customers of The OSA’s policies and procedures. By law, all organizations with at least 1 staff, contractors, and volunteers are required to complete accessibility training.
For more information please visit the OSA Accessibility Act webpage:
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services