Accessibility & Accommodations

Accessibility & Accommodations

CCMH SCHOOL POLICY

CCMH is committed to the prevention of, and appropriate response to, any acts, attempts or threats of sexual violence or misconduct against any member of the CCMH community, including but not limited to students, faculty, administration, staff or patients, of the student intern clinic/inreach/outreach.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

*Early in the Admissions process, we encourage applicants to discuss any learning challenges, including limited physical or learning abilities. By doing so, we can provide pre-admissions counseling, including advice regarding funding sources, which may assist with tuition, or in obtaining necessary learning tools such as technological equipment, tutorials, and other learning aids.

CCMH will do its best to accommodate students who have diagnosed and documented special needs that are disclosed during the Admissions process.

Special needs must be indicated by completion of the Special Accommodations Request form. Special needs must also be documented in a detailed assessment with specific recommendations made by a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist.

The document must include the following:

  1. General observations by the medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist
  2. A description of the impact on the student’s functions
  3. Identification of standardized tests and assessments performed
  4. Results of tests and assessments
  5. Recommendations for the student and the rationale for each

CCMH has limited resources for accommodations and may be unable to meet all recommendations. Special needs not disclosed during the admissions process may not be accommodated.

To qualify for special accommodations with the CMTO, the student must have had them granted at CCMH. However, having special accommodations granted at CCMH does not guarantee that they will be granted by the CMTO.

Accessibility Policy

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or AODA, aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities.  This Act became law on June 13, 2005 and applies to all levels of government, nonprofits, and private sector businesses in Ontario.

The Standards

The AODA is made up of five standards, as well as some general requirements, and they include the:

  1. Customer Service Standard
  2. Information and Communication Standard
  3. Employment Standard
  4. Transportation Standard
  5. Design of Public Spaces Standard

The AODA standards are part of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR). The IASR includes, in addition to requirements specific to each standard, the following general requirements:

  1. provide training to staff and volunteers
  2. develop an accessibility policy
  3. create a multi-year accessibility plan and update it every five years
  4. consider accessibility in procurement and when designing or purchasing self-service kiosks

 Compliance Reporting Requirements

Penalties for non-compliance

The AODA give government authority to set monetary penalties to enforce compliance with accessibility standards. The maximum penalties under the AODA include:

  • A corporation/organization that is guilty can be fined up to $100,000 per day
  • Directors and officers of a corporation/organization that is guilty can be fined up to $50,000 per day

Why Does Ontario Need this Act?

When we think of disabilities, we tend to think of people in wheelchairs and physical disabilities – disabilities that are visible and apparent. But disabilities can also be non-visible. We can’t always tell who has a disability. The broad range of disabilities also includes vision disabilities, deafness or being hard of hearing, intellectual or developmental, learning, and mental health disabilities.

Accessibility is Good for Business

Improving accessibility is the right thing to do. When we make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities everyone benefits.  At CCMH we provide AODA training to all our students at the end of term one prior to working in our inreach clinic.

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