Commitment to Accessible Service
De-Groote Hill will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities
We will ensure that our staff is trained and familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our services.
We will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
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.
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises. Fees will not be charged for support persons.
Notice of Temporary Disruption
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, De-Groote Hill will notify the customers promptly. This 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. This notice will be placed in the showroom and will be posted on our website.
Training for Staff
De-Groote Hill will provide training to employees and volunteers who deal with the public or other third parties on their behalf. Training will include:
- An overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard
- De-Groote Hill’s plan 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
- Staff will also be trained when changes are made to the plan
Recruitment, Assessment and Selection
De-Groote Hill will notify employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for job applicants who have disabilities. Applicants will be informed that these accommodations are available, upon request, for the interview process and for other candidate selection methods. Where an accommodation is requested, De-Groote Hill will consult with the applicant and provide or arrange for suitable accommodation. Successful applicants will be made aware of De-Groote Hill’s policies and supports for accommodating people with disabilities.
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees
De-Groote Hill will ensure that employees are aware of our policies for employees with disabilities and any changes to these policies as they occur. If an employee with a disability requests it, De-Groote Hill will provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for information needed in order to perform his/her job and information that is generally available to all employees in the workplace. De-Groote Hill will consult with the employee making the request to determine the best way to provide the accessible format or communication support.
Workplace Emergency Response Information
Where required, De-Groote Hill will create individual workplace emergency response information for employees with disabilities. This information will take into account the unique challenges created by the individual’s disability and the physical nature of the workplace, and will be created in consultation with the employee.
Performance Management and Career Development and Advancement
De-Groote HIll will consider the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities when implementing performance management processes, or when offering career development or advancement opportunities. Individual accommodation plans will be consulted, as required.
Customers who wish to provide feedback on the way De-Groote Hill provides services to people with disabilities can verbally discuss their concerns, by calling 1-877-816-0195 Customers can expect to hear back within 7 business days. Complaints will be addressed according to our organization’s regular complaint management procedures.
Availability of Documentation
In addition to a web version, the customer service plan can also be obtained by contacting De-Groote Hill at 1-877-816-0195. This documentation will be made available upon request to customers with disabilities in a format that takes into account their disability. The length of time it will take to provide information in alternative formats will depend on the format requested. Every effort will be made, however, to process requests in a timely fashion.
This policy statement describes De-Groote Hill’s policy and practices regarding the provision of services to people with disabilities.