Accessibility
 

Accessibility

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 2005 imposes a legal duty on organizations to achieve accessibility. The Act lays the framework for the development of province-wide regulations on accessibility, which, at present, are the Ontario Regulation 429/07 Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and Ontario Regulation 191/11 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. The Lincoln Public Library meets the obligations set out in the Act and the accompanying regulations, in partnership with the Town of Lincoln.
 

Facilities:

- Automatic door openers

- Reserved wheelchair parking

- Flush curbs

- Accessible shelving and aisle widths

- Wheelchair-accessible internet stations

- Accessible washrooms

 

Collections & Services:

- Large-print materials

- Audiobooks

- Closed captioned DVDs

- Interlibrary loan service

- Login details for CELA – Centre for Equitable Library Access

- Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks

 

Adaptive Technology:

- Large-print keyboards

- Larger monitors

- Flatbed scanners

- Adjustable chairs

- Text-to-speech software

 


Lincoln Public Library's Accessibility Policy

 

1. Introduction

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 2005 imposes a legal duty on organizations to achieve accessibility. The Act lays the framework for the development of province-wide regulations on accessibility, which, at present, are the  Ontario Regulation 429/07 Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and Ontario Regulation 191/11 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. The Lincoln Public Library meets the obligations set out in the Act and the accompanying regulations, in partnership with the Town of Lincoln.

2: Statement of Organizational Commitment to meet accessibility needs of persons with disabilities.

i. The Lincoln Public Library establishes practices and procedures that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. People with disabilities will benefit from opportunities for involvement with, and service of, the library afforded to all others.

3: Responsibilities

i. For the purposes of AODA, the library provides services on behalf of the municipality, and therefore is considered, along with the municipality, to be a “small designated public sector organization with fewer than 50 employees” as defined within the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR). The library complies with the obligations for this sector as set out in the AODA regulations.

ii. The board ensures that the library complies with the spirit, principles and intent of AODA and designates the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as the individual accountable for the organization’s compliance with legislation.

iii. The CEO will ensure that policies and procedures comply with the AODA and any regulations made under the AODA.

4: The Accessibility Plan

i. The library will work with the municipality to establish, implement, maintain and document a multi-year accessibility plan which will outline the library’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers.

ii. The process of developing the accessibility plan will be done in consultation with persons with disabilities.

iii. The plan will be in place by January 2014, and reviewed and updated at least once every five years.

iv. The plan will be posted on the library’s website and be provided in accessible format upon request.

5: Policies and Procedures

i. The library’s policies will incorporate practices which support accessibility. In accordance with the Integrated Accessibility Standard Ontario Regulation 191/11 of the AODA, accessibility will be addressed in four main areas:

a. the purchasing policy will include accessibility criteria for procuring or acquiring goods, services, or facilities

b. the internet services policies will include accessibility provisions with respect to the library’s website

c. the human resource policies will address training on AODA regulations and the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation for applicants, support for employees, accommodation plans, and career development and advancement.

d. the collection development policy will address the availability of materials in accessible formats

ii. In accordance with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Ontario Regulation 429/07 of AODA, the library maintains a policy on accessible customer service.

6: Communication

i. The library shall make its communications available, upon request, in accessible formats for persons with disabilities and make public aware of the availability of communication support. In this context, the types of communications include:

a. Policies,

b. accessibility plans,

c. emergency procedures, plan and public safety information prepared for the public,

d. forms, surveys and other tools used to gather feedback,

e. information on collections/materials in accessible format, and

f. employment standards.

ii. Accessible formats of the library’s communications shall be made available:

g. in a timely manner,

h. at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to others for the communications, and

i. in consultation with the person making the request.