TechInsights is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility and by meeting our accessibility requirements under Ontario’s accessibility laws.
In compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), TechInsights has developed a multi-year accessibility plan to outline strategies to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility for customers and employees with disabilities.
This accessibility plan outlines the steps TechInsights is taking to meet those requirements and to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.
Our plan shows how TechInsights will play its role in making Ontario an accessible province for all Ontarians.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005
Accessibility Standard for Customer Service (Ontario Regulation 429/07)
Integrated Accessibility Standards (Ontario Regulation 191/11)
Design of Public Spaces Standard (Part 4.1)
Ontario Human Rights Code
TechInsights has developed practices to comply with Regulation 429/07 of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. These practices:
TechInsights will provide training to all employees on accessible customer service and how to accommodate persons with disabilities. This includes new hires as part of their orientation. In addition, any third-party representatives of TechInsights who deal with the public will also be trained.
TechInsights is committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities. We will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. When asked, we will provide information about our organization and its services, including emergency and public safety information, in accessible formats, or with communication supports.
For information made available to the public by TechInsights, and other means of communication, upon request and in a timely manner, TechInsights will:
TechInsights has taken the following steps to make sure all publicly available information is made accessible upon request:
Exceptions: TechInsights is not required to provide accessible formats for products and product labels, unconvertible information or communications, and information that TechInsights does not directly or indirectly control.
TechInsights has taken the following steps to make our existing website and content conform to WCAG 2.0 Level A:
By January 1, 2021, TechInsights will design our internet websites and web content to conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
TechInsights is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. The following steps are in place to notify the public and staff that, when requested, TechInsights will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired:
TechInsights will provide publicly available emergency information in an accessible format upon request.
We will develop an individualized emergency response plan for any employee who requests assistance in the event of an emergency. Such plans may be temporary or permanent in nature, depending on the individual needs. The plans will be made available in accessible formats as required. With the employee’s consent, a copy will be provided if needed to anyone who will be providing assistance to the employee.
On an ongoing basis and on request, TechInsights will:
TechInsights is committed to ensuring its hiring and selection process is inclusive of persons with disabilities. To meet that commitment TechInsights:
TechInsights is committed to ensuring that employees have access to information that is needed to perform their jobs and that is generally available to employees in the workplace. TechInsights:
TechInsights is committed to ensuring that employees with disabilities are provided with appropriate accommodations to meet the specific needs of that individual.
Where employees have been absent from work due to a disability, either on a permanent or temporary basis, TechInsights is committed to ensuring the employee is reintegrated into the workplace.
TechInsights is committed to ensuring that employees with disabilities are considered fairly in assessing their performance, productivity and effectiveness, and are granted equal access to opportunities for career development and advancement.
TechInsights will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or making major modifications to public spaces. These include:
When emergency maintenance, preventative maintenance or temporary disruptions occur resulting in accessible elements not in working order, TechInsights will complete the following:
This Accessibility Plan will be reviewed annually and, if necessary, updated at least once every five (5) years.
TechInsights welcomes internal and external customer feedback on how we provide accessible customer service. Customer feedback will help us identify barriers and respond to concerns.
TechInsights will ensure that our processes for receiving and responding to feedback are accessible to persons with disabilities by providing or arranging for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports, upon request. This information will be posted publicly on our website: www.techinsights.com/Accessibility, within the TechInsights Accessibility Plan.
TechInsights will notify customers and the public about the availability of accessible formats and communications supports with respect to the feedback process. Customers will also be notified of how to provide feedback. This information will be posted publicly in the following ways:
Customers who wish to provide feedback about the manner in which TechInsights’ provides goods, services or facilities to persons with disabilities are welcome to contact TechInsights in the following way(s):
TechInsights has established the following process for receiving and responding to feedback, including complaints, about the manner in which TechInsights’ provides goods, services or facilities to persons with disabilities.
TechInsights will receive feedback by phone, email, mail, a request in person or through our website.
TechInsights will take the following actions if feedback or a complaint is received about the manner in which TechInsights’ provides goods, services or facilities to persons with disabilities:
TechInsights will make information about the feedback process, as well as all documents that relate to accessible customer service, readily available to the public. This information will be posted publicly in the following ways:
TechInsights will provide documents in an accessible format or with communication support, on request. We will consult with the person making the request to determine the suitability of the format or communication support. We will provide the accessible format in a timely manner and, at no additional cost.
This document, the TechInsights Accessibility Plan, has been prepared to include a description of the feedback process and, on request, TechInsights will give a copy of this document to any person.
We invite individuals to communicate by telephone, by email, in person, in writing or through our website using the contact information below:
Information about our feedback process, including our Accessibility Plan and Accessibility Policy will be made available in an accessible format or with communication supports at no cost upon request. This information is also available publicly on our website: www.techinsights.com/Accessibility and available upon request in person at our Reception Desk. A notice will also be posted to advise the public about our feedback process.
This policy is intended to outline TechInsights practices for complying with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the AODA, which were established to identify, remove and prevent barriers and increase accessibility for persons with disabilities in the areas of customer service, information and communications and employment.
This policy applies to all employees, consultants and third-party contractors acting on behalf of TechInsights.
TechInsights is committed to meeting its current and ongoing obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code respecting non-discrimination as well as those under the AODA and we are committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities.
TechInsights will ensure that the provision of its goods and services are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.
When interacting with clients and other third parties with disabilities, TechInsights will make every reasonable effort to accommodate in the following areas:
Employees, consultants and third-party contractors will accommodate the use of personal assistive devices. Assistive Device is defined as any tool, technology, or equipment that facilitates the performance of everyday tasks by a person with a disability (e.g. wheelchairs, walkers, hearing aids, communication boards).
TechInsights welcomes people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public, including our Reception area, guest washroom and meeting rooms.
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises. A support person is defined as an individual who accompanies a person with disability in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods or services.
TechInsights will, upon request, and in consultation with the person making the request, provide accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities in a timely manner, taking into account the person’s accessibility needs. The format of the information or communication will also take into account the needs of the person making the request and will be provided in a timely manner and at a cost that is no more than the regular cost.
When communicating with a person with a disability, TechInsights will take into account the person’s disability and will work with them to determine what method of communication works best. Additionally, TechInsights will provide training on how to communicate with people with disabilities.
TechInsights welcomes internal and external customer feedback on how we provide accessible customer service, as well as feedback on our goods, services and facilities. We invite customers to communicate by telephone, in person, in writing or via email. All customer feedback will be directed to Human Resources, acknowledged in a timely manner and responded to within 2 business days, in the same format as received.
TechInsights will make sure our feedback process is accessible to people with disabilities by providing or arranging for accessible formats and communication supports upon request.
The public will be notified about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports with respect to the feedback process in the following ways:
For further details regarding our Feedback Process, please reference Section 9 (Feedback Process) within the TechInsights Accessibility Plan.
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, TechInsights will notify customers promptly. A clearly posted notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available. The notice will be placed at Reception and other public areas where required.
Training will include the following elements:
Training will also be provided following any changes to our plan and/or policies.
In accordance with the Information and Communication Standards, TechInsights will ensure that information and communication that is made available to its clients or to the public is available in alternate formats or with communication supports when requested by a person with a disability. The format of the information or communication will take into account the needs of the person making the request and will be provided in a timely manner and at a cost that is no more than the regular cost.
TechInsights will ensure that its recruitment, evaluation, selection and hiring processes welcome candidates with disabilities and take their disability into account throughout the selection process. TechInsights will notify internal and external job applicants that accommodations for disabilities will be provided on request to support their participation in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. This will be communicated on the job posting, and either verbally or by email when an applicant is selected to participate in the interview and assessment process.
TechInsights will consult with the employee when requested, to provide or arrange for job accommodations or supports that take into account their disability. Such supports may include screen readers software, audio supports, or appropriate desk configuration. Accommodations also include accessible formats and communication supports for information that pertains to their jobs and information that is generally available to employees in the workplace. TechInsights will ensure that successful applicants as well as current employees are aware of our policies for accommodating disabilities.
When notified of a worker’s disability, TechInsights will work with the individual to prepare an emergency response plan. Information about a person’s disability will be treated confidentially and only shared with others who are selected to take part in the emergency plan (with the employee’s consent).
The emergency response plan will undergo review when the employee moves to a different location, when the employee’s overall accommodation needs or plans are reviewed and when TechInsights reviews its general emergency response plan.
A written process for the development and maintenance of documented individual accommodation plans will be developed for employees with disabilities. If requested, the plans will include individualized workplace emergency response information.
TechInsights has a return to work process for employees returning to work due to disability and requiring disability-related accommodations. This return to work process is designed in collaboration both with the employee and the Insurance company covering disability.
TechInsights will consider the accessibility needs of its employees with disabilities as well as any individual accommodation plans when providing career development, performance management and when considering redeployment.
TechInsights will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or making major modifications to public spaces (parking lot, service counter, outdoor eating area, Reception area, etc.)
TechInsights has produced an Accessibility Plan which outlines strategies to prevent and remove barriers to our customers as well as our employees with disabilities. The Accessibility Plan as well as this Accessibility Policy are posted on our website and on our intranet and should be made available to customers in an accessible format or with communication supports, when requested.
Both the Accessibility Plan and the Accessibility Policy will be reviewed annually and updated as needed.
TechInsights will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. We will provide information about our organization and its goods, services, facilities, emergency and public safety information, feedback processes and other public information, in accessible formats or with communication supports, on request.
Customers are encouraged to communicate by telephone, by email, in person, in writing or through our website using the contact information below: