The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) helps reduce and remove barriers in everyday life, including those of our employees, clients, customers, and visitors to our physical office. The purpose of the act is to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025. ECW is committed to achieving this goal and to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.
ECW 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.
We will 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 visitors with disabilities while accessing our goods, services or facilities.
We will communicate with individuals in ways that best accommodate their needs.
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.
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises.
ECW Press has agreed to uphold the commitments required by the Accessible Book Consortium's Charter for Accessible Publishing. The commitments that the Charter requires are:
You can find all the signatories of the ABC's Charter for Accessible Publishing at their website.
For a list of websites offering Accessible Books for sale, please click here.
Published learning materials will be available in accessible formats. Where possible, all other published materials will be made available in accessible formats.
ECW Press has earned Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible™ (GCA) certification. Ebooks published under ECW’s trade catalogue are created through our certified Born Accessible production process and include features such as structured navigation and headings, embedded print book edition page numbering, described images, and built-in discovery data to describe each book’s accessibility features.
You can find all of our ebooks that have been published in an accessible format here.
Two emergency exits on each floor are indicated with visible ceiling signage and an audible signal to indicate evacuation due to smoke or carbon monoxide.
Gender neutral restrooms are available in the ECW office.
The first floor is wheelchair accessible. The second floor is accessible by a set of stairs. Improvements to the design of the first-floor restroom and accessibility to the common areas for employees on the second floor will be made where and when possible.
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for people with disabilities, ECW will provide prompt notification. 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:
A physical notice will be displayed at:
665 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2
A web-notice will be posted on:
ECW will provide accessibility training to:
Training will include:
The aforementioned persons will also be trained when changes are made to our accessibility policies.
ECW welcomes feedback on how we provide accessible service. This will help us identify barriers and respond to concerns.
Those who wish to provide feedback on the way ECW provides goods, services or facilities to people with disabilities can provide feedback in the following way(s):
Attention of ASCS Officer
665 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2
Attention of ASCS Officer
ECW will make sure our feedback process is accessible to people with disabilities by providing or arranging for accessible formats and communication supports, on request.
Any policies of ECW that do not respect and promote the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities will be modified or removed.