Wilkinson & Company LLP Accessibility Policy
This accessibility plan outlines the policies and actions that Wilkinson & Company LLP (the "Firm") has implemented and will implement to enhance opportunities for individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Integrated Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ("AODA"). Alongside this policy and plan, the Firm also maintains a separate policy concerning accessible customer service.
Statement of Commitment
The Firm is dedicated to treating all individuals in a manner that preserves their dignity and independence. We uphold the principles of integration and equal opportunity. Our commitment involves promptly addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities, removing barriers to accessibility, and complying with the accessibility requirements outlined in the AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards.
Accessible Emergency Information
The Firm is committed to providing accessible emergency information to our customers and clients upon request. Additionally, if we are informed of any accommodation requirements, we will provide personalized emergency response information to employees with disabilities.
The Firm has provided and will continue to provide training on Ontario's accessibility laws and the Human Rights Code to employees, including permanent, contract, co-op, and volunteer staff members who provide services, goods, or facilities on behalf of the Firm. Training will be tailored to the specific duties of the individuals and will be conducted within three weeks of their commencement of duties or as soon as practicable. Ongoing training will be provided when policy changes are made to comply with the Integrated Accessibility Standards. A record of training will be maintained, including dates and the number of individuals trained. Employees will be required to confirm their completion of this mandatory training.
The Firm has taken and will continue to take reasonable measures to ensure that our existing feedback processes are accessible to individuals with disabilities upon request. Our website features an accessibility feedback link, and feedback can also be provided via email, in person, or over the telephone.
Information and Communications
The Firm is committed to meeting the communication needs of individuals with disabilities.
We will take reasonable steps to ensure that all publicly available information under the Firm's control is provided in an accessible format upon request. When receiving a request, we will consult with the individual to determine their specific information and communication needs.
To inform the public about the availability of accessible formats and the support provided by the Firm, we will post a notice on our website. Upon request, the Firm's AODA policies and procedures will be made available to the public.
The Firm will take reasonable measures to ensure that all new websites under its control, as well as content published after January 1, 2012, comply with WCAG 2.0, Level A, unless it is impractical to do so.
By January 1, 2024, we will also take reasonable steps to ensure that all websites under the Firm's control, and the content published after January 1, 2012 (excluding live captions and pre-recorded audio descriptions), comply with WCAG 2.0, Level AA, unless it is impractical to meet this requirement.
The Firm is dedicated to fair and accessible employment practices.
We will take reasonable steps to implement the following actions:
- Notify the public and staff that we are willing to accommodate individuals with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes, as well as during the hiring phase. All job postings will indicate that accommodations are available upon request for applicants with disabilities.
- Establish a process for developing individual accommodation plans and return-to-work policies for employees with disabilities. We will collaborate with employees and medical professionals, if necessary, to ensure that individual needs are accommodated.
- Accommodate employees with disabilities during their employment, in accordance with the AODA, Integrated Accessibility Standards, and Human Rights Code. Employees with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources to request any necessary accommodations. Our Human Resources team will work collaboratively to develop individual accommodation plans.
- Consider the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities in performance management, career development, and redeployment processes.
- Take reasonable steps to identify and remove other accessibility barriers.
Wilkinson & Company LLP is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
For Further Information
For more information, please contact our privacy officer directly through our website (PrivacyOfficer@wilkinson.net), by calling our toll-free number listed on the website, or by writing to any of our offices.