ACCESSIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICIES
PROVIDING GOODS AND SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The Kouzzina 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.
The Kouzzina is committed to meeting its current and ongoing obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code respecting non-discrimination.
The Kouzzina understands that obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and its accessibility standards do not substitute or limit its obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code or obligations to people with disabilities under any other law.
The Kouzzina is committed to excellence in serving and providing goods, services or facilities to all customers including people with disabilities.
Our accessible customer service policies are consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity for people with disabilities.
We are committed to training all staff and volunteers in accessible customer service, other Ontario’s accessibility standards and aspects of the Ontario Human Rights Code that relate to persons with disabilities. In addition, we will train:
- A) all persons who participate in developing the organization’s policies; and
- B) all other persons who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the organization.
Training of our employees and volunteers on accessibility relates to their specific roles. Training includes:
- purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the Customer Service Standards
- our policies related to the Customer Service Standards
- how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities
- how to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person
- how to use the equipment or devices available on-site or otherwise that may help with providing goods, services or facilities to people with disabilities.
- what to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing our organization’s goods, services or facilities.
We train every person as soon as practicable after being hired and provide training in respect of any changes to the policies.
We maintain records of the training provided including the dates on which the training was provided and the individuals to whom it was provided.
People with disabilities may use their personal assistive devices when accessing our goods, services or facilities.
In cases where the assistive device presents a significant and unavoidable health or safety concern or may not be permitted for other reasons, other measures will be used to ensure the person with a disability can access our goods, services or facilities.
We ensure that our staff are trained and familiar with various assistive devices we have on site or that we provide that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our goods, services or facilities. Our staff will be trained in how to use electronic devices to assist those who need
We communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
We will work with the person with disabilities to determine what method of communication works for them.
We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and third parties.
When we cannot easily identify that an animal is a service animal, our staff may ask for documentation (template, letter or form) from a regulated health professional that confirms the person needs the service animal for reasons relating to their disability.
A service animal can be easily identified through visual indicators, such as when it wears a harness or a vest, or when it helps the person perform certain tasks.
A regulated health professional is defined as a member of one of the following colleges:
- College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario
- College of Chiropractors of Ontario
- College of Nurses of Ontario
- College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
- College of Optometrists of Ontario
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
- College of Psychologists of Ontario
- College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises.
Notice of Temporary Disruption
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, this organization will notify customers promptly. This clearly posted notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.
The notice will be made publicly available in the following ways:
- Social media
- Signs posted on business entrances
The Kouzzina welcomes feedback on how we provide accessible customer service. Customer feedback will help us identify barriers and respond to concerns.
Feedback may be provided in the following ways:
- In person to any staff, manager or owner
- By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- By sending a letter to the business at the following address; 1463 Lasalle Blvd. Sudbury ON, P3A1Z8
All feedback, including complaints, will be handled in the following manner:
- Feedback will be directed to management or owners directly and promptly within 24 hours
Customers can expect to hear back within 14 days time.
The Kouzzina ensures our feedback process is accessible to people with disabilities by providing or arranging for accessible formats and communication supports, on request.
Notice of Availability of Documents
The Kouzzina notifies the public that documents related to accessible customer service, are available upon request by posting a notice in the following location(s)/way(s):
- Online via the companies Website (thekouzzina.ca)
The Kouzzina will provide these documents in an accessible format or with communication support, on request. We will consult with the person making the request to determine the suitability of the format or communication support. We will provide the accessible format in a timely manner and, at no additional cost.
Information and Communications
We have a process for receiving and responding to feedback and the process is accessible to persons with disabilities upon request.
We communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. When asked, we will provide information about our organization and its services, including public safety information, in accessible formats or with communication supports:
- A) in a timely manner, taking into account the person’s accessibility needs due to disability; and
- B) at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to other persons. ON00090E (2022/11) Page 6 of 7
We will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support. If the organization determines that information or communications are unconvertible, the organization shall provide the requestor with:
- A) an explanation as to why the information or communications are unconvertible; and
- B) a summary of the unconvertible information or communications.
We notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports by notifying the individual when asked
We will also meet internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA website requirements in accordance with Ontario’s accessibility laws.
List Accessible Services
Changes to Existing Policies
Any policies of this organization that do not respect and promote the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities will be modified or removed.
This document is publicly available. Accessible formats are available upon request.
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