Accessibility for Customers with a Disability

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Library is compliant with the requirements of the Statutes of Ontario. Ch. 32, Ontarians with Disabilities Act. 2001 (ODA). and the Statues of Ontario. Ch. 11, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. 2005 (AODA) This policy addresses accessibility policies and standards and includes areas outlined in the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (Ontario. Regulation. 429/07,) This policy applies to all persons who provide library services.

Policy Statement

The Hamilton Public Library is committed to providing Library services that are accessible to all persons who wish to obtain and use Library services. Library services will be relevant, inclusive and responsive to community needs and will comply with the requirements of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Each member of the community, including persons with disabilities, has an equal opportunity to use Hamilton Public Library services. All library services will be provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The Library will strive to provide library services in a way that meets the specific needs of persons with disabilities and in a way that is convenient and accessible to persons with disabilities. When communicating with a person with a disability, the Library will do so in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability.

Temporary Service Disruptions: The Library will make reasonable effort to provide notice of planned or unplanned disruption of library services to the public, including information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration and a description of alternative facilities or services, if any, that may be available. In the case of unplanned disruption, advance notice will not be possible. Notice will be given to the public by posting the information at a conspicuous place on affected premises and by posting notice on the Library website, and by such other method as is reasonable in the circumstances. The Library will have a procedure document that sets out the steps to be taken in connection with a temporary disruption and, upon request, will give a copy of the document in an accessible format to any member of the public.

Assistive Devices: Persons with a disability may provide their own assistive device for the purpose of obtaining or using Library Services and may have free access to assistive devices available in the Library. An assistive device is any product, instrument, equipment or technological aid used by persons with disabilities to help prevent, compensate, relieve or neutralize a disability and which helps a person with a disability to carry out activities or to gain access to library services.

Exceptions may occur in situations where the Library has determined that the assistive device may pose a risk to the health and safety of the person with a disability or to the health and safety of others on Library premises. In these situations, the Library may offer a person with a disability other reasonable measures to assist him or her in obtaining and using library services, where the Library has such other measures available. It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to ensure that his or her assistive device is operated in a safe and controlled manner at all times.

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