AODA Training (Free EDI CPD Credit)

Published: November 20, 2019

In addition to Legal Aid Ontario’s own commitment to accessibility, LAO is required by law to be compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, LAO has developed new policies to guide its work, available on the Accessibility page of LAO’s website, found here. LAO’s new AODA policies will provide LAO with the guidance to ensure that accessibility requirements are being met in all areas of our workplace and service provision. Please note that these will also replace any previous related policies at LAO.

As part of these new policies, LAO has an obligation to provide training to panel lawyers on AODA, and to track who has completed the training. LAO has also gone the extra step of having this accredited by the Law Society of Ontario so that lawyers may include this training in the EDI component of their CPD hours (see “Accreditation” below for details).

LAO is offering this AODA training to help ensure LAO materials, services and facilities are accessible to peoples with disabilities. It will also help provide a better understanding of our accessibility policies, as well as rights and responsibilities under AODA and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please see details below and complete the training by March 31, 2020.

About the training

There are two parts to the training detailed below and modules are available in various formats. To launch each module, follow the links.

Part 1: Working Together: the Code and AODA:

This is a 5‑part eLearning video series (approx. 20 minutes in total) rolled into one video that will allow you to attain a certificate upon completion.

Part 2: AODA Modules:

This is offered online by AccessForward, through video and PowerPoint. The modules are available in PowerPoint and video format.

  1. General Requirements – An introduction to the accessibility requirements (12 mins).
    View the Video or PowerPoint.
  2. Information & Communication – This module covers the requirements for providing and receiving information and communications in ways that are accessible to people with disabilities (17 mins).
    View the Video or PowerPoint.
  3. Employment – This module covers the requirements for making employment practices accessible to candidates and employees with disabilities (12 mins).
    View the Video or PowerPoint.
  4. Design of Public Spaces – This module covers the requirements for specific features of our public spaces to be accessible to people with disabilities (15 mins).
    View the PowerPoint.
  5. Customer Service – This module covers the requirements for providing customer service in ways that are accessible to people with disabilities (30‑40 mins).
    View the PowerPoint.

NOTE: The Transportation module is not required for LAO.

Record your training

We request that you please complete this training by March 31, 2020. Details on how to record training will be outlined by February 2020, but training can be completed now. Save the certificates that show that you have completed the training once you have completed all of the OHRC and AODA modules. You will be able to print the certificate at the end of each module and retain for your records.

Accreditation

Please note that the AODA Training course is eligible for 1hr and 40 min EDI professionalism CPD with the Law Society of Ontario if all modules are completed.

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Questions

For questions on Accessibility or AODA, please contact accessibility@lao.on.ca