Accessibility means access. It is the ability for everyone, regardless of physical or mental disabilities, to access, use and benefit from everything within their environment. It refers to the degree to which a product, device, service or environment is available to as many people as possible.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a law passed by the Ontario legislature in 2005 that allows the government to develop specific standards of accessibility and to enforce them. The standards are made into laws called regulations and they provide the details to help meet the goal of the AODA. The goal is to make Ontario fully accessible and inclusive by 2025.
The Archdiocese of Toronto and its associated parishes are committed to providing a welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment for all of its parishioners, visitors, volunteers and employees. We work to ensure that the standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005 are conscientiously observed and all of our parishes provide a welcoming and equal opportunity for worship.
Our family of faith works to assure that all persons within our community are aware of their responsibilities to foster an accessible and inclusive environment for persons with disabilities. Our belief, that encouraging an atmosphere that respects the worth, dignity and independence of all people as children of God, creates an accessible, inclusive and welcoming environment for worship. To ensure greater awareness and responsiveness to the needs of a person with disabilities, the Archdiocese provides training for clergy, staff and volunteers who provide pastoral care or service to parishioners or members of the parish.
The Archdiocese of Toronto and our parishes welcome feedback about our accessibility policy and services. Your feedback is important in assisting us to ensure that our services are accessible and improve wherever there is room for improvement.
Alternative formats of the Archdiocese of Toronto's documents are available upon request.
For further questions about this policy, please contact the Human Resources Department at:
More about the AODA visit ontario.ca/accessibility