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About

Land Acknowledgement

Lakeview Montessori School is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for staff, students, and visitors with disabilities. We are committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration, and we are committed to increasing accessibility for persons with disabilities in the areas of information, communications, and employment to the best of our abilities. We will do so by preventing  and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting the accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Ontario's accessibility laws.


Our Commitment
Lakeview Montessori School is committed to meeting its current and ongoing obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code respecting non-discrimination and is committed to excellence in serving and providing goods, services or facilities to all customers including persons with disabilities. This Accessibility Plan will be reviewed and updated every five years alongside the Strategic Plan.

Training Employees and Volunteers
Lakeview Montessori School will be training to staff and volunteers on the requirements of the accessibility standards referred to in the Regulation and will continue to provide training on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities.
 
In addition, we will train:
  1. All persons who participate in developing the organization’s policies; and
  2. All other persons who provide goods, services, or facilities on behalf of the organization.
 
The training will be appropriate to the duties of the employees, volunteers, and other persons.

We shall train every employee after being hired and participating in the onboarding/orientation process. Current employees will be trained when changes are made to the accessibility policy. We will maintain records of the training provided.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS

Feedback
Lakeview Montessori School will communicate with persons with disabilities in ways that consider their disability. will ensure that its process for receiving and responding to feedback is accessible to persons with disabilities by providing, or arranging for the provision of, accessible formats and communications supports, upon request.

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
Lakeview Montessori School will work with the person with disabilities to determine what method of communication works best with them. We will ensure all staff are trained and informed of any changes or updates that need to take place in their communication.

Notice of Temporary Disruption
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for persons with disabilities, Lakeview Montessori School will notify persons promptly. This will be clearly noticed and will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternative options, if available.

Employment Standards of Practice
Recruitment
Lakeview Montessori School will notify its employees, job applicants and the public that accommodations can be made during recruitment and hiring. 

Recruitment, Assessment or Selection Process
Lakeview Montessori School will notify job applicants when they are individually selected to participate further in an assessment or selection process that accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used.

If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, Lakeview Montessori School will consult with the applicant and provide, or arrange for the provision of, a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability.

Notice to Successful Applicants
When making offers of employment, Lakeview Montessori School will notify the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities.

Informing Employees of Supports
Lakeview Montessori School will continue to inform its employees of its policies (and any updates to those policies) used to support employees with disabilities, including policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability. This information will be provided to new employees as soon as practicable after commencing employment.

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees
Upon the request of an employee with a disability, Lakeview Montessori School  will consult with the employee to provide, or arrange for the provision of, accessible formats and communication supports for information that is needed to perform his/her job, and information that is generally available to other employees.

Emergency Response Information
Lakeview Montessori School will provide a customized emergency response information to help an employee with a disability during an emergency. With the employee’s consent, we will provide the customized emergency information to a designated person who is aiding that employee in the event of an emergency.

Documented Individual Accommodation Plans
Lakeview Montessori School will have a written process for the development of documented individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities.

If requested, information regarding accessible formats and communications supports provided will also be included in individual accommodation plans.

In addition, the plans will include customized workplace emergency response information (where required) and will identify any other accommodation that is to be provided.
 
Return to Work
Lakeview Montessori School maintains the right to ask for a documented return to work process for its employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and who require disability-related accommodations in order to return to work.

This return to work process will not replace or override any other return to work process created by or under any other statute (ie, the Workplace Safety Insurance Act, 1997).

Performance Management
Lakeview Montessori School will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when conducting performance management, providing career development and advancement to employees.