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01 Statement of Commitment <br />The City of Pickering is committed to creating an accessible community for all of its residents <br />by creating accessible facilities, programs and services, based on the principles of universal <br />access; removing existing barriers for persons with both visible and non visible disabilities; <br />and providing information and training to create an environment of inclusion within the <br />Corporation and the municipality. <br />02 Definitions <br />02.01 Accessible formats — may include, but are not limited to, large print, recorded <br />audio and electronic formats usable by persons with a disability. <br />02.02 Assistive device — any device that is designed or adapted to assist a person to <br />perform a particular task or procedure. This may include, but is not limited to <br />crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, personal sound amplification devices, <br />technological or computerized devices, etc. <br />02.03 Communication supports — may include, but are not limited to, captioning, <br />alternative and augmentative communication supports, plain language, sign <br />language and other supports that facilitate effective communications. <br />02.04 Disability <br />a) any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement <br />that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the <br />generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, deafness or hearing <br />impairment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a <br />service animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device; <br />b) a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability; <br />c) a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes <br />involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language; <br />d) a mental disorder; and <br />e) an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the <br />insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, <br />1997. <br />03 General <br />03.01 The AODA was enacted in 2005 in order to facilitate the development of specific <br />standards with respect to improving accessibility across the Province. Ontario's <br />first accessibility standard, the Customer Service Standard, came into effect on <br />January 1, 2008. <br />The Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) came into effect on July 1, 2011. <br />These included the Information and Communications Standards, the <br />Employment Standards and the Transportation Standards. <br />Policy Title: Accessibility <br />Policy Number: ADM 090 <br />Page 2 of 5 <br />