Accessibility Policy - Donnelly Ford Lincoln
Providing goods, services, or facilities to people with disabilities.
Donnelly Ford Lincoln is committed to meeting its current and ongoing obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code respecting non-discrimination.
Donnelly Ford Lincoln understands that obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and its accessibility standards do not substitute or limit its obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code or obligations to people with disabilities under any other law.
Donnelly Ford Lincoln is committed to complying with both the Ontario Human Rights Code and the AODA.
Donnelly Ford Lincoln is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities.
Our accessible customer service policies are consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities may use their personal assistive devices when accessing our goods, services, or facilities.
In cases where the assistive device presents a significant and unavoidable health or safety concern or may not be permitted for other reasons, other measures will be used to ensure the person with a disability can access our goods, services, or facilities.
We will ensure that our staff are trained and familiar with various assistive devices we have on site or that we provide that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our goods, services, or facilities.
We will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that consider their disability. We will work with the person with a disability to determine what method of communication works for them.
We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public.
When we cannot easily identify that an animal is a service animal, our staff may ask a person to provide documentation (template, letter or form) from a regulated health professional that confirms the person needs the service animal for reasons relating to their disability.
A service animal can be easily identified through visual indicators, such as when it wears a harness or a vest, or when it helps the person perform certain tasks.
A regulated health professional is defined as a member of one of the following colleges:
- College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario
- College of Chiropractors of Ontario
- College of Nurses of Ontario
- College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
- College of Optometrists of Ontario
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
- College of Psychologists of Ontario
- College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario
If service animals are prohibited by another law, we will do the following to ensure people with disabilities can access our goods, services, or facilities:
- explain why the animal is excluded
- discuss with the customer another way of providing goods, services or facilities
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises.
In certain cases, Donnelly Ford Lincoln might require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person for the health or safety reasons of:
- the person with a disability
- others on the premises
Before deciding, Donnelly Ford Lincoln will:
- consult with the person with a disability to understand their needs
- consider health or safety reasons based on available evidence
- determine if there is no other reasonable way to protect the health or safety of the person or others on the premises
Notice of Temporary Disruption
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, Donnelly Ford Lincoln will notify customer promptly. This clearly posted notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternatives facilities or services, if available.
Services or facilities include accessible washrooms and or automatic door openers. The notice will be posted on the entrance doors.
Donnelly Ford Lincoln will provide accessible customer service training to:
- all employees and volunteers
- anyone involved in developing our policies
- anyone who provides goods, services or facilities to customers on our behalf.
Staff will be trained on accessible customer service during their orientation on their first day of employment and as policies are updated.
Training will include:
- purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard
- Donnelly Ford Lincoln policies related to the customer service standard
- how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities
- how to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person
- how to use the equipment or devices available on-site or otherwise that may help with providing goods, services or facilities to people with disabilities. These include automatic door openers
- what to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing Donnelly Ford Lincoln goods, services or facilities
Donnelly Ford Lincoln welcomes feedback on how we provide accessible customer service. Customer feedback will help us identify barriers and respond to concerns.
Customers may provide feedback in the following ways:
Contact Human Resources by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 613-260-4112
All feedback, including complaints, will be handled in the following manner:
Feedback will be directed to the appropriate manager and customers can expect to hear back in 2 days.
Donnelly Ford Lincoln will make sure our feedback process is accessible to people with disabilities by providing or arranging for accessible formats and communication supports, on request.
Notice of Availability of Documents
Donnelly Ford Lincoln 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.
Modification to This or Other Policies
Any policies of Donnelly Ford Lincoln that do not respect and promote the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities will be modified or removed.