ACCESSIBILITY

PALASAD SOUTH

Palasad Billiards Ltd. is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner. We will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility and meeting our accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario’s accessibility laws. We will strive to ensure that all locations owned or operated by Palasad Billiards LTD. provide accessible services, supports, environments and employment. Palasad recognizes that the key principals of accessibility are independence, dignity, integration and equality.

Any concerns please email,

mnovak@palasad.com

ACCESSIBILITY POLICY

AODA – Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) Customer Service Policy (revised June 7th 2021)

 

Intent:

Palasad Billiards Ltd. is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner. We will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility and meeting our accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario’s accessibility laws. We will strive to ensure that all locations owned or operated by Palasad Billiards LTD. provide accessible services, supports, environments and employment. Palasad recognizes that the key principals of accessibility are independence, dignity, integration and equality.

 

Definitions:

Assistive Device – Is a technical aid, communication device or other instrument that is used to maintain or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities. Personal assistive devices are typically devices that customers bring with them such as a wheelchair, walker or a personal oxygen tank that might assist in hearing, seeing, communicating, moving, breathing, remembering and/or reading.

Disability – The term disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, refers to:

  • Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device;
  • A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability;
  • A learning disability, or dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language;
  • A mental disorder; or
  • An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

Guide Dog – Is a highly-trained working dog that has been trained at one of the facilities listed in Ontario Regulation 58 under the Blind Persons’ Rights Act, to provide mobility, safety and increased independence for people who are blind.

Service Animal – an animal is a service animal for a person with a disability if:

  1. the animal can be readily identified as one that is being used by the person for reasons relating to the person’s disability, as a result of visual indicators such as the vest or harness worn by the animal; or
  2. the person provides documentation from one of the following regulated health professionals confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability:
  • A member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario;
  • A member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario;
  • A member of the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • A member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario;
  • A member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario;
  • A member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario;
  • A member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario;
  • A member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario; or
  • A member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario.

Service Dog – As reflected in Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562 a dog other than a guide dog for the blind is a service dog if:

  • It is readily apparent to an average person that the dog functions as a service dog for a person with a medical disability; or
  • The person who requires the dog can provide on request a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires a service dog.

Support Person – a support person means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care, medical needs or access to goods and services.

 

Guidelines

In accordance with the Customer Service Standards, this policy addresses the following:

  1. The Provision of Goods and Services to Persons with Disabilities;
  2. The Use of Assistive Devices
  3. The Use of Guide Dogs, Service Animals and Service Dogs
  4. The Use of Support Persons
  5. Notice of Service Disruptions
  6. Customer Feedback
  7. Training
  8. Notice of Availability and Format of Required Documents

 

 

 

  1. The Provision of Goods and Services to Persons with Disabilities

Palasad Billiards Ltd. 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 by:

  • Ensuring that all customers receive the same value and quality;
  • Allowing customers with disabilities to do things in their own ways, at their own pace when accessing goods and services as long as this does not present a safety risk;
  • Using alternative methods, when possible, to ensure that customers with disabilities have access to the same services, in the same place and in a similar manner;
  • Taking into account individual needs when providing goods and services; and
  • Communicating in a manner that takes into account the customer’s disability.

 

  1. The Use of Assistive Devices

Customer’s Own Assistive Device(s)

Persons with disabilities may use their own assistive devices as required when accessing goods or services provided by Palasad Billiards Ltd.

In cases where the assistive device presents a safety concern or where accessibility might be an issue, other reasonable measures will be used to ensure the access of goods and services. For example, open flames and oxygen tanks cannot be near one another. Therefore, the accommodation of a customer with an oxygen tank may involve ensuring the customer is in a location that would be considered safe for both the customer and business. Or, where elevators are not present and where an individual requires assistive devices for the purposes of mobility, service will be provided in a location that meets the needs of the customer.

Assistive Devices Provided By Palasad Billiards Ltd.

The following assistive devices are available on a first come, first serve basis and upon request, to assist customers in accessing our goods and services: (revise to list your available assistive devices)

Large Print Paper Menus

Digital Menus

Magnification Device

 

  1. Guide Dogs, Service Animals and Service Dogs

A customer with a disability that is accompanied by guide dog, service animal or service dog will be allowed access to premises that are open to the public unless otherwise excluded by law. “No pet” policies do not apply to guide dogs, service animals and/or service dogs.

Food Service Areas

A customer with a disability that is accompanied by guide dog or service dog will be allowed access to food service areas that are open to the public unless otherwise excluded by law.

Other types of service animals are not permitted into food service areas due to the Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562 Section 60.

Exclusion Guidelines

If a guide dog, service animal or service dog is excluded by law (see applicable laws below) Palasad Billiards Ltd. will offer alternative methods to enable the person with a disability to access goods and services, when possible (for example, securing the animal in a safe location and offering the guidance of an employee).

Applicable Laws

The Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562 Section 60, normally does not allow animals in places where food is manufactured, prepared, processed, handled, served, displayed, stored, sold or offered for sale. It does allow guide dogs and service dogs to go into places where food is served, sold or offered for sale. However, other types of service animals are not included in this exception.

Dog Owners’ Liability Act, Ontario: If there is a conflict between a provision of this Act or of a regulation under this or any other Act relating to banned breeds (such as pitbulls) and a provision of a by-law passed by a municipality relating to these breeds, the provision that is more restrictive in relation to controls or bans on these breeds prevails.

Recognizing a Guide Dog, Service Dog and/or Service Animal

If it is not readily apparent that the animal is being used by the customer for reasons relating to his or her disability, Palasad Billiards Ltd. may request verification from the customer.

Care and Control of the Animal

The customer who is accompanied by a guide dog, service dog and/or service animal is responsible for maintaining care and control of the animal at all time.

Allergies

If a health and safety concern presents itself, for example in the form of a severe allergy to the animal, Palasad Billiards Ltd. will make all reasonable efforts to meet the needs of all individuals.

 

  1. The Use of Support Persons

If a customer with a disability is accompanied by a support person, Palasad Billiards Ltd.  will ensure that both persons are allowed to enter the premises together and that the customer is not prevented from having access to the support person.

There may be times where seating and availability prevent the customer and support person from sitting beside each other. In these situations, Palasad Billiards Ltd. will make every reasonable attempt to resolve the issue.

In situations where confidential information might be discussed, consent will be obtained from the customer, prior to any conversation where confidential information might be discussed.

Admission Fees

Where Palasad Billiards Ltd. requires a support person to accompany a person with a disability, and where the person with a disability has agreed to the accompaniment, Palasad Billiards Ltd. will not charge the support persons any fees or fares.

 

 

  1. Notice of Disruptions in Service

Service disruptions may occur due to reasons that may or may not be within the control or knowledge of Palasad Billiards Ltd. In the event of any temporary disruptions to facilities or services that customers with disabilities rely on to access or use Palasad Billiards Ltd.  goods or services, reasonable efforts will be made to provide advance notice. In some circumstances such as in the situation of unplanned temporary disruptions, advance notice may not be possible.

Notifications will include:

In the event that a notification needs to be posted the following information will be included unless it is not readily available or known:

  • Goods or services that are disrupted or unavailable;
  • Reason for the disruption;
  • Anticipated duration; and
  • A description of alternative services or options.

 

Notification Options

 

When disruptions occur Palasad Billiards Ltd. will provide notice by:

  • posting notices in conspicuous places including at the point of disruption, at the main entrance and the nearest accessible entrance to the service disruption and/or on the Palasad Billiards Ltd website;
  • contacting customers with appointments;
  • verbally notifying customers when they are making a reservation or appointment; or
  • by any other method that may be reasonable under the circumstances.

 

  1. Customer Feedback

Palasad Billiards Ltd. shall provide customers with the opportunity to provide feedback on the service provided to customers with disabilities. Information about the feedback process will be readily available to all customers. Feedback forms along with alternate methods of providing feedback such as verbally (in person or by telephone) or written (hand written, delivered, website or email), will be available upon request.

 

Submitting Feedback

 

  • Customers can submit feedback to:
  • Employee Name and/or Position Title
  • Phone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address

 

Customers who wish to provide feedback by completing an onsite customer feedback form or verbally can do so to any Palasad Billiards Ltd. employee. Customers who provide formal feedback will receive acknowledgement of their feedback, along with any resulting actions based on concerns or complaints that were submitted.

 

  1. Training

 

Training will be provided to:

  • Every person who is an employee of, or a volunteer with, the provider.
  • Every person who participates in developing the provider’s policies.
  • Every other person who provides goods, services or facilities on behalf of the provider.

 

 

Training Provisions

 

Regardless of the format, training will cover the following:

  • A review of the purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
  • A review of the requirements of the Customer Service Standards.
  • Instructions on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
  • Instructions on how to interact with people with disabilities who: use assistive devices; require the assistance of a guide dog, service dog or other service animal; or require the use of a support person (including the handling of admission fees).
  • Instructions on how to use equipment or devices that are available at our premises or that we provide that may help people with disabilities.
  • Instructions on what to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing your services.
  • Palasad Billiards Ltd. policies, procedures and practices pertaining to providing accessible customer service to customers with disabilities.

 

Training Schedule

 

Palasad Billiards Ltd. will provide training as soon as practicable. Training will be provided to new employees, volunteers, agents and/or contractors during orientation and onboarding. Revised training will be provided in the event of changes to legislation, procedures, policies, and/or practices.

 

Record of Training

 

Palasad Billiards Ltd. will keep a record of training that includes the dates training was provided and the number of employees who attended the training.

 

  1. Notice of Availability and Format of Documents

 

Palasad Billiards Ltd. shall notify customers that the documents related to the Customer Service Standards are available upon request and in a format that takes into account the customer’s disability. Notification will be given by posting the information in a conspicuous place owned and operated by Palasad Billiards Ltd., on the website and/or any other reasonable method.

 

Administration

 

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or its related procedures please contact:

Employee Name and/or Position Title

  • Phone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address

 

This policy and its related procedures will be reviewed as required in the event of legislative changes, or changes to company procedures.

 

Modifications to this or other policies

Any policies of Palasad Billiards Ltd. that do not respect and promote the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities will be modified or removed.

ACCESSIBILITY PLAN

AODA – Accessibility Plan (revised June 7th 2021)

This Accessibility Plan outlines the policies and procedures that Palasad Billiards Ltd. has put in place to prevent and remove barriers for persons with disabilities, and to meet the requirements of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Palasad Billiards Ltd. is committed to maintaining a workplace characterized by professionalism and respect for the dignity of all individuals. Every employee is expected to respect the diversity of other employees, clients, stakeholders, donors and other third parties with whom they interact.

We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner, and will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the AODA.

Accessible Emergency Information

Palasad Billiards Ltd. will provide employees with disabilities with individualized emergency response information, when necessary. We are also committed to providing our clients and stakeholders with publicly available emergency information in an accessible way, as applicable and upon request.

Training

Palasad Billiards has provided training to all employees in Ontario, on Ontario’s accessibility laws and how to communicate with and provide accessible service to people with disabilities, in order to ensure that employees have the knowledge and skills they need to meet or exceed compliance requirements. As soon as practicable, newly hired employees and volunteers will be provided with the training required in order to comply with the AODA Customer Service Standard.

Palasad Billiards Ltd. will maintain records of all training, including the dates the training was provided and the individuals who received the training.

 

Support for Persons with Disabilities

Palasad Billiards Ltd. recognizes the principles of independence, dignity, integration and quality of opportunity, and the importance of openly communicating and responding to disabled clients’ needs in order to provide them with excellent service. We will make every effort to provide accessibility and accommodation in ways that take into account the person’s disability and accessibility needs.

For example, we will:

  • accommodate an individual’s assistive devices that help them perform everyday tasks;
  • welcome service animals on our premises that are open to the public and other third parties, to the extent permitted by law; and
  • welcome support persons who accompany a person with a disability.

 

Information and Communications

Palasad Billiards Ltd. is committed to meeting the communication needs of persons with disabilities. We will consult with persons with disabilities to determine their information and communication needs.

Palasad Billiards Ltd.  will ensure compliance with the required criteria of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA, by January 1, 2021. We will continue to ensure that feedback processes are accessible to persons with disabilities, including providing accessible formats and communication supports, upon request.

Employment

Palasad Billiards Ltd. is committed to maintaining a workplace characterized by professionalism and respect for the dignity of its employees, where all individuals have an equal opportunity to reach their potential, free of discrimination, including harassment and violence.

Palasad Billiards Ltd. has put policies and/or processes in place to:

  • Provide training to those involved in hiring processes, on AODA requirements and disability-related requirements in the recruitment process;
  • Notify employees and members of the public that, when requested, Palasad Billiards Ltd. will accommodate persons with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment process;
  • Notify successful applicants of Palasad Billiards Ltd. policies for accommodating persons with disabilities during their offer of employment, and on an ongoing basis should there be changes to Palasad Billiards Ltd. policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to a disability;
  • Determine suitable accommodation, by consulting with the employee, that takes into account the employee’s accessibility needs due to a disability;
  • Arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for employees, upon request and in consultation with the employee, for information that is needed in order to perform job duties and for information generally available to employees in the workplace;
  • Develop and put in place a process for developing individual accommodation plans and return-to-work policies for employees that have been absent due to a disability; this includes a template for individual accommodation and return-to-work plans;
  • Ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities are taken into account when using performance management, career development and advance processes;
  • Prevent and remove other accessibility barriers as or if identified.

 

Plan Review

This plan will be reviewed and updates made as required, annually.

Questions/Feedback

For more information on this Accessibility Plan, AODA – Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) Customer Service Policy or to request an alternate format of this document, please contact: mnovak@palasad.com