15. ACCESSIBILITY POLICY
Assistive Device: A device used to assist persons with disabilities access to the
Centre and taking part in Activities and Events.
Disability: Shall mean the same as the definition of a disability found in the
Ontario Human Rights Code.
Service Animal: Any animal which is used by the person for reasons relating to
his or her disability.
Support Persons: A paid professional, volunteer, family member or friend who
accompanies a person with a disability in order to assist them with
communications, personal care, medical needs and access to the Centre.
b. The BHCC is committed to providing accessibility of the BHCC facilities and
programs to all persons (residents and guests). This policy applies to all
individuals who provide services, sponsor, assist and/or coordinate all BHCC
Activities and Events as well as any person(s) who use and book the facilities.
i. Persons with disabilities are to be integrated in the community in Activities and
ii. The disabled person shall be accompanied by a Support Person where it is
necessary to protect the health and safety of the person with a disability or the
health and safety of others.
iii. The disabled person is allowed the use of assistive devices, service animals,
support persons and notice of temporary disruptions to the Centre.
iv. The Board will provide notice to persons with disabilities with regard to
disruptions in the use of the Centre by posting information in visible places
such as the entrance doors and in its communications (i.e. eNEWS) and by
any other method that may be reasonable.
v. The Board will use reasonable efforts to ensure that its policies and practices
are followed and persons with disabilities are treated with respect and dignity.
vi. When communicating with persons with a disability, the Board and staff will do
so in a manner that takes into account the person’s abilities. vii. Assistive
Devices Persons with disabilities shall be permitted to use the Centre with their
own assistive devices. Exceptions may occur in situations where the Centre
has determined that the assistive device may pose a risk to the health and
safety of another individual. It should be noted that 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.
viii. Service Animals Service animals such as (but not limited to) Guide dogs,
Hearing dogs, Seizure Response dogs and other certified service animals shall
be permitted entry. Service animals are required to be leashed and properly
Service animals are not permitted in areas where food is being prepared.
Persons with a service animal that is unruly or disruptive (e.g. barking) may be
asked to remove the animal from the Centre.