Accessibility Plan

Message from the Executive Director

At the Anchor Association, we are passionate believers in providing services for all people, regardless of their abilities and limitations.  In our work to provide long-term support to Reformed Christian individuals with developmental disabilities, we understand the needs of different people will vary and we strive to support people whenever possible.

We are therefore committed to meeting the objectives and requirements outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and its associated standards and regulations and will ensure that we offer a safe and welcoming environment that is respectful of each person’s dignity and independence.  To do this successfully, we have created and are implementing a multiyear accessibility plan.  This plan applies to all resident homes and the head office.

Introduction

The Anchor Association is committed to providing a barrier-free environment for all stakeholders, including our residents, employees, job applicants, suppliers, the public and any visitors who may enter our premises, access our information, or use our services.  This has been and will continue to be done successfully through the identification, prevention and removal of barriers. To meet this objective and the requirements under the AODA, the Anchor Association has, and will continue to, incorporate accessibility measures into our policies, procedures, training, websites, environment and best practices through a multiyear accessibility plan.  This accessibility plan outlines the steps the Anchor Association is taking to meet those requirements and to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.

The AODA’s key principles of integration, equality, dignity and independence will be applied regardless of whether an individual is:

  • Working or visiting our homes or head office.
  • Living in one of our residential homes.
  • Accessing our information.
  • Seeking our services and support online or via a phone call.

As an organization, the Anchor Association is dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities in a timely manner. We understand that providing a barrier-free environment is a shared effort, and as an organization, we are committed to working with the necessary parties to make accessibility a reality for all.

Section One: Past Achievements to Remove and Prevent Barriers

Since the inception of the Anchor Association, the goal of the organization has been to ensure it is barrier free.  This serves the obvious purpose of the association to support those with disabilities and welcomes all others who are employed or visiting the homes.

Customer Service

Resident homes have been installed with ramps, automatic door openers, wide hallways and entrances, accessible parking, grab bars, rails, accessible dining tables, lifts, etc.  The homes have been painted in calm colours in order to maintain a peaceful environment.  Homes are also equipped with iPads to encourage our residents to communicate with friends and family easily.  Vehicles are equipped with wheelchair accessible ramps/lifts to allow all residents to travel easily as per need.

Information and Communications

The Anchor Association has written and published an AODA Policy on its website and follows this.  In 2011, management attended an AODA seminar through CCCC, submitted a report to the Board and spoke to the Home Managers about this.  In addition to this, the membership was informed of this through the Annual General Meeting and newsletters.

Employment

The Anchor Association has always employed many employees and if an employee is qualified and capable, the association will strive to overcome any reasonable physical barriers.

When employed, the Association provides thorough training on the AODA through written material and a final quiz and welcomes any questions that may come up.  The employees are also taught how to properly communicate with residents with different disabilities.

Transportation

The Anchor Association has purchased and maintained wheelchair vans to allow for easy transportation of residents.  These vehicles are regularly maintained and residents are notified if they are not available.

Accessible Built Environments

Resident homes have been installed with ramps, automatic door openers, wide hallways and entrances, accessible parking, grab bars, rails, accessible dining tables, lifts, etc.  The outdoor spaces are easily accessed through wide paths and large seating areas.  There are sprinklers through out the homes for those who are not able to easily exit the home in the event of an emergency.

Section Two: Strategies and Actions

The Anchor Association has a number of strategies for 2021 to meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and to remove and prevent barriers to persons with disabilities.

Customer Service

This standard is aimed at making customer service accessible to people with disabilities.

The Anchor Association is committed to providing accessible customer service to people with disabilities. We will provide goods and services to our residents with the same high quality and timeliness as to others. We value supports to individuals with a disability in an atmosphere of trust and respect, safeguarding their dignity and independence. We will include our residents in the daily activities of the homes and value their input, recognizing their individual abilities. Timely notice will be given if services are disrupted.

Information and Communications

This standard deals with the need to provide information in accessible formats.

The Anchor Association is committed to making our information and communications accessible to people with disabilities. The Association is therefore dedicated to provide information and means of communication in a format that is suitable in a timely manner. We plan to make our website available in accessible format in the near future.  A feedback option was also recently added and upon request we will be able to accommodate requests and comply as per need. Our residents have made use of alternate means of communication such as Ipads and Whatsapp to communicate with their families. Newsletters are sent electronically, but hard copies will be sent upon request.

Employment

This standard addresses paid employment practises, including recruitment, hiring and retention polices and practises.

The Anchor Association is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. The Association is also committed to providing training in the requirements of Ontario’s accessibility laws and the Ontario Human Rights Code as it applies to people with disabilities.   The association has put great effort into updating its policies and procedures with major updates in 2020 and 2021.  This is an ongoing process. The Association is dedicated to assist applicants and current employees with reasonable accommodations. Individual accommodation plans will be drawn up when a request is made by staff and employees have been accommodated when requiring a return to work.

Transportation

This standard addresses the transportation needs of individuals with a disability who need mobility aids.

The Anchor Association is committed to providing accessible transportation options for those who have accessibility needs. The association is dedicated to provide safe, adequate transportation for all our residents. We have two wheelchair vans which are inspected at regular intervals. The lifts have a slip resistant platform and raised edges. Restraining belts are always used during transportation and employees are trained to load and unload passengers safely. Parking lots have ample space. The driveway at Harbour Home was recently widened for easy wheelchair access to the vehicles.

Built Environment

This standard deals with the construction of outdoor spaces, trails, ramps, railings, accessible parking and service standards.

The Anchor Association is committed to continually improving each home so the needs of the residents are met with various construction efforts.  The association is aware of the requirements and has done its utmost to provide a safe and accessible environment. Ramps are built according to Ontario Building Code requirements and patio and gazebo have paved access to accommodate for wheelchairs.  Our homes are accessible, including wide hallways and electric doors. Showers and tubs have grab bars. Outdoor lighting is sufficient.

For More Information

For more information on this accessibility plan, please contact the Executive Director at [email protected]

Website address: www.anchor-association.com

Standard and accessible formats of this document are free upon request from the Executive Director.

Action Plan

Multi Year Plans 

The Anchor Association will establish, implement, maintain and document a multi-year accessibility plan, which outlines the organization’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers and meet its requirements under the regulation. The association will post the accessibility plan on their website and provide the plan in an accessible format upon request; and review and update the accessibility plan at least once every five years.  O. Reg. 191/11, s. 4 (1).

At the Anchor Association our residents face a number of barriers and these are summarized under the following 5 AODA Standards; Customer Service, Employment Standard, Information and Communication Standard, Transportation Standard and Built Environment Standard.  Our resident’s lives are occasionally impacted by these standards and we continually strive to remove these barriers.

Customer Service Standard

Actions

Time

Responsibility

Completion Date

Explore different programs for residents.

Ongoing

Home Managers

Ongoing

Explore Passport opportunities for recreation.

Ongoing

Home Managers

Full time Support staff

Ongoing

Explore employment opportunities in the community for our residents

Ongoing

Home Manager

Full time Support staff

Ongoing

 

Information and Communications Standard

Actions

Time

Responsibility

Completion Date

Review the AODA Policy and ensure it is in an electronic format that allows for easier conversion to accessible formats

Up to 1 day

Executive Director

Human Resources

June 30, 2021

Post a notice of revised policy on website and social media outlets

1 hour

Executive Director

June 30, 2021

Assess how and what information we make available to public

1 day

Executive Director

Human Resources

June 30, 2021

Review the process for responding to requests for supports and services

1 day

Executive Director

Admission Committee

Board of Directors

September 1, 2021

Outsource website for conversion to accessible formats

4 weeks

Executive Director,

Human Resources

May 30, 2021

Develop and maintain accessible alternatives to telephone systems as needed for those who have limitations.

Ongoing

Executive Director,

Home Managers

Multiyear

Post a notice on the website or other platforms that upon request, the association will provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports.  Consult with person making the request to determine suitability of accessible format or communication support.

Up to 2 hours of work

Webmaster

June 30, 2021

 

Employment Standards

Actions

Time

Responsibility

Completion Date

In recruitment, assessment and selection, reasonable accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities.

Inform applicants about the availability of accommodations on the website and on job postings.

1 day

Executive Director Human Resources

April 20, 2021

Inform all staff of revised policy and procedures.

1 day

Executive Director

Home Managers

May 1, 2021

Provide Return to Work Individual accommodation plans and

return to work processes, as necessary.

On request

Executive Director

Human Resources

Ongoing

Train new staff and other stakeholders on the Anchor Association AODA policy.

Ongoing

Home Managers & Team Leaders

Ongoing

Home Managers will conduct AODA staff training on an ongoing basis.

Ongoing

Home Managers

Ongoing

 

Transportation Standard

Actions

Resources

Responsibility

Completion Date

Explore alternate transportation options as per need.

1 week

Home Managers

December 31, 2021

Maintain wheelchair van, lift and ramps

Ongoing

Home Managers

Executive Director

Ongoing

 

Built Environment Standard

Actions

Resources

Responsibility

Completion Date

Install strobe light fire alarm for resident who is hearing impaired.

1 day

Twin Oaks Home Manager

April 15, 2021

Install generator in larger group homes.

6 months

Executive Director

Board of Directors

December 1, 2021

Install outdoor lighting for safety

1 week

Home Manager

May 15, 2021

Maintain outdoor recreational space

Ongoing

Home Managers

Ongoing

Contact Us

Head Office

Administrative Address:
Anchor Association
361 Thirty Road
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B2
Tel: 905-563-6524
Fax: (1) 289-438-8657

Book Keeper:
Hannie Fledderus

Secretary:
Marcia Fennema

Executive Director:
Bert VanGoolen
Tel: 905-563-6524

 

Anchor Camp

Email: ancho[email protected]

Jack & Marlene VanRootselaar
Tel: 289-880-6258

Helen Dorgeloos
Tel: 905-701-4577

 

Board

Chairman:
Jim Kay

Treasurer:
Arjaan de visser

Homes

Anchor Home
Phone: 905-­563-­8641
Manager: Marion Overbeek

Beacon Home
Phone: 905-­701-­4446
Manager: Marlene VanRootselaar

Harbour Home
Phone: 289-­426­-5141
Manager: Ewout Degelder

The Lighthouse
Phone: 519-­341-­4396
Manager: Jeannette Bouwman

Twin Oaks
Phone: 905­-635­-4129
Manager: Grace Towe

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