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Statement of Commitment to Accessibility

 

Quadrangle Architects is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity and strive to be a leader in inclusion and universal design, seeking ways to go beyond the minimum requirements for accessibility. We are committed to meeting the 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 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Additionally, we ensure all of our studio team members undertake AODA awareness training and have developed our collective capability to act as a knowledge resource for our partners in engineering, design and academic fields along with our clients in both public and private sectors.


AccessAbility Advantage

 

Quadrangle, is in a permanent joint venture with the March of Dimes, offers specialized consulting in accessibility through AccessAbility Advantage, also known as A+. Founded by Quadrangle principal Susan Ruptash, the firm offers consulting and training in accessibility across Ontario. Our expertise with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) allows us to interpret and implement requirements for our client’s facilities. Our team members not only consult on accessibility and the AODA with businesses every day, but they also helped to develop the AODA Standards.

AccessAbility Advantage

Environment

 

Quadrangle’s new studio goes well beyond the applicable Provincial accessibility requirements, while demonstrating that accessibility does not have to look utilitarian. Generous circulation corridors, meeting rooms, furnishings and a fully accessible toilet room blend seamlessly with the overall interior. Attention to specific details like counter heights, the placement of faucets and cabinet handles, and distribution of light are some of the numerous considerations made throughout our environment. Additional features such as a streetscape of Quadrangle-designed buildings on fully glazed walls does double duty as both a vision strip for code compliance and a branding tool, continuing our passion to creatively solve accessibility challenges through design.


Communication

 

Quadrangle’s website is compliant and adheres to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), ensuring our content is accessible for a wide range of individuals living with disabilities including vision, hearing, learning, cognitive and speech disabilities.

Additional efforts have been made across the studio to ensure our documentation is accessible as well. Key team members have been trained in accessible document creation across Microsoft Office and Adobe platforms to allow our teams to effectively communicate with diverse clients and individuals from the public.

All our videos are closed captioned. To access the captioning, please view the videos directly on our YouTube page.


Multi-year Accessibility Plan

Introduction

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, (AODA) is a legislation designed to make Ontario barrier-free to people with disabilities by 2025.  The law has set standards to help Ontario businesses make accessibility part of their organizational operations.  Quadrangle Architects Limited is required to be in compliance with the following standards:

  • Customer Service Standard Regulation;
  • Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR);
     - General Requirements;
     - Information and Communications Standard;
     - Employment Standard

Customer Service Standard

The Customer Service Standard (Ontario Regulation 429/07) was the first standard under the AODA to become law.  It requires that people with disabilities can receive goods and services in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability. The requirements include the development of policies and practices, a feedback process and training for staff and volunteers.  Quadrangle complies with the Customer Service Standard and remains committed to offering excellent accessible customer service to persons with disabilities.

The Integrated Accessibility Standards

Quadrangle has developed an Integrated Accessibility Policy to address how Quadrangle will achieve accessibility through meeting the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (Ontario Regulation 191/11). The Multi-year Accessibility Plan is a strategic road map that describes the steps we will take and the results we intend to achieve in order to prevent and remove barriers to individuals with disabilities. The Multi-year Accessibility Plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five years.

To view the full Multi-year Accessibility Plan PDF click here.

Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation Policy

Introduction

The goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is to create an accessible Ontario by 2025, by identifying, and to the extent possible, preventing and eliminating barriers experienced by persons with disabilities.
The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), under the AODA, has outlined regulations for public, private and not for profit organizations to ensure accessibility for all persons with disabilities.

Quadrangle Architects Limited fully supports the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all of its operations. This policy has been developed in compliance with the regulations of the AODA and the IASR and will be implemented in accordance with the time frames established by the regulation. This policy applies to all Quadrangle employees, interns, volunteers, contractors and to any third parties who provide goods or services on behalf of the organization.

Statement of Commitment

Quadrangle is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity and strive to be a leader in inclusion and universal design, seeking ways to go beyond the minimum requirements for accessibility. We are committed to meeting the 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 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

General Requirements

Accessibility Policy and Multi-Year Plan

Quadrangle has established an Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy to guide and support its accessibility goals. Quadrangle has developed a Multi-year Accessibility Plan which outlines its strategy to identify, prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities who interact with the company. The Plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five years. Both the Policy and the Plan are posted on the Quadrangle website and are available, upon request in alternative formats.


Self-Service Kiosks

If Quadrangle acquires self-service kiosks in the future, then it will have regard to accessibility for persons with disabilities and incorporate the appropriate accessibility features.

Training

Quadrangle ensures that training will be provided to all new and current employees, volunteers, persons involved in developing company policies and all other persons who provide goods and services on behalf of Quadrangle. Training includes information on the requirements of the IASR and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to persons with disabilities and will be appropriate to the duties of those receiving the training. Records of the training will be maintained and include the date, number of participants and the names of those to whom training was provided.

Information and Communications Standard

Feedback

Quadrangle ensures that its feedback process is accessible to persons with disabilities who have requested accessible formats or communication supports and a notification of this will be posted on the company website.


Accessible Formats and Communication Supports

Quadrangle will notify the public that accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities are available upon request and will be provided to a person with a disability in a timely manner, in consultation with them, and at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to other persons.

Accessible Websites and Web Content

Quadrangle will ensure that its internet websites, including web content, conform to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 – Level A or Level AA, except where this is impracticable.

Employment Standard

Recruitment, Assessment/Selection Process, Notice to Successful Applicants

Quadrangle will advise employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes.

Quadrangle will notify job applicants, when they are individually selected to participate further in an assessment or selection process that accommodations are available for persons with disabilities, upon request, in relation to the materials or processes to be used.

Quadrangle will notify the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities.

Informing Employees of Supports

Quadrangle will notify its employees of its policies (and any updates that reflect changes in the policies) for supporting employees with disabilities including policies on the provision of job accommodations for persons with disabilities. New employees will receive this information as soon as practicable after they commence employment.

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees

Quadrangle will provide accessible formats or communication supports in consultation with an employee with a disability who has requested these in order for them to access general workplace information or information needed to do their job.


Workplace Emergency Response Information

Quadrangle will provide workplace emergency response information as soon as practicable after learning of the need for accommodation due to an employee’s disability. Quadrangle will designate a person to provide assistance if required and, with the employee’s consent, will share the emergency response information to such people. The workplace emergency response information will be reviewed if there are changes in the employee’s location within the workplace, if their accommodation needs change or if there are general emergency policy changes.


Documented Individual Accommodation Plans

Quadrangle will prepare a template and maintain a written process for the development of documented individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities.

Return to Work Process

Quadrangle will develop and maintain a documented return to work process for its employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and who require disability-related accommodations in order to return to work.

Performance Management, Career Development, Redeployment

Quadrangle will take into account the accessibility needs and the individual accommodation plans of employees with disabilities when conducting performance management, providing career development or when redeploying employees.


Feedback Welcome

 

We are committed to inclusion and the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and we welcome inquiries and feedback about accessibility at Quadrangle.

You may provide feedback by:

Telephone: 416 598 1240
Email: aoda@quadrangle.ca
Regular Mail:
Quadrangle Architects Limited
Accessibility Feedback
901 King Street West, Suite 701
Toronto, ON M5V 3H5

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Requests will be responded to in a timely manner.