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District School Board of Niagara
Policy Human Resources - General

E-18 Accessibility Standards for Employment

Date Feb 2018
Review Feb 2023

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunity of access to employment opportunities and services as do all employees and prospective employees. The DSBN is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of people with disabilities, in a timely manner, in the provision of services related to employment.

The Policy with regard to Accessibility in Employment applies only to employees (as defined within the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000) and does not apply to volunteers and some non-paid individuals.

DSBN will provide or arrange for the provision of accommodated employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • notifying its employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes;
  • consulting with the applicant and provide or arrange for the provision of a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability after receiving the request from the applicant;
  • when making offers of employment, notifying the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities;
  • consulting with the employee to provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports after receiving the request from the applicant;
  • providing individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability, if the disability is such that the individualized information is necessary and the employer is aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability;
  • developing and have in place a written process for the development of documented individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities;
  • developing and have in place a return to work process for its employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and require disability-related accommodations in order to return to work;
  • taking into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when using its performance appraisal process in respect of employees with disabilities;
  • taking into account the accessibility needs of its employees with disabilities as well as any individual accommodation plans, when providing career development and advancement to its employees with disabilities;
  • taking into account the accessibility needs of its employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when redeploying or reassigning employees with disabilities.

Legal Framework

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
Integrated Accessibility Standards, Ontario Regulation 191/11
Ontario Human Rights Code
Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001

Cross-Referencing

District School Board of Niagara Accessibility Plan – 2010-2020

References

  • Policy C-03: Service Accessibility Standards for Ontarians with Disabilities
  • Policy E-11: Equity and Inclusive Education
  • Policy G-39: Human Rights Discrimination & Harassment or Occupational Health & Safety Workplace Harassment