HRPA honoured for work building accessible workplaces

Ontario association has created tools and materials to help employers comply with Ontario's accessibility act
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/03/2011

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) has been recognized for its work helping to build accessible workplaces.

Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur presented the association with a plaque to honour HRPA's work with the government’s EnAbling Change Partnership Program.

The presentation was made by the minister at the Ontario HR association's conference and trade show in Toronto to recognize HRPA's work creating tools and materials to educate Ontario workplaces on compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), legislation aimed at creating a barrier-free Ontario by 2025.

“HRPA is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Community and Social Services on the Enabling Change Partnership Program,” said HRPA CEO Bill Greenhalgh.

“Building accessible workplaces aligns squarely with HRPA’s role in creating equitable workplaces in Ontario.”

HRPA’s ongoing work with the EnAbling Change Partnership Program has included:

•Consulting on the AODA’s customer service standard and accessible information and communications standard requirements.

•Creating three, free bilingual webinars to educate Ontario workplaces on the act’s purpose and goals

•Creating an overview of the act’s customer service standards.

•Creating an introduction to the act’s accessible information and communications standard.

•Working on Customer Waiting, an easy-to-use website aimed at helping Ontario small and medium-size businesses comply with the act’s customer service standard. Customer Waiting will be launched later in February.

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