The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario or the CMTO is committed to excellence in serving all members of the public with disabilities. It seeks to provide services to the public in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”).
- Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device;
- A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability;
- A learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language;
- A mental disorder; or,
- An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
“Service animal” means an animal for a person with a disability where it is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to their disability or where the person provides a letter from a health care professional qualified under AODA confirming that they require the animal for reasons relating to the disability. Service animals include guide dogs.
“Guide dog” means a dog trained as a guide for a person who is blind or visually impaired.
“Support person” means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods and services.
Guiding Principles and Accessible Functions
CMTO will use reasonable efforts to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures governing the provision of its goods and services to persons with disabilities are consistent with the following principles:
- Goods and services are provided in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities;
- Persons with disabilities are able to benefit from the same goods and services in a similar way as others; and,
- Persons with disabilities have opportunities equal to others to obtain, use and benefit from CMTO’s goods and services.
In carrying out its functions, CMTO will:
- Communicate with persons with disabilities in ways that take their disabilities into account. Upon request, CMTO will be prepared to use alternative formats and communication methods;
- Serve persons with disabilities who use assistive devices;
- Welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of the CMTO’s premises that are open to the public; and,
- A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person can have that person accompany them on the CMTO’s premises. Where applicable, the consent of the person with the disability will be obtained prior to discussing any confidential information in the presence of the support person.
Notice of Temporary Disruptions
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for persons with disabilities, the CMTO will notify its employees and members of the public promptly. 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.
Any notices will be posted at all public entrances and service counters of CMTO, or communicated by such method as is reasonable in the circumstances.
CMTO is committed to equality in the employment context with respect to disability. This commitment extends to its recruitment.
CMTO welcomes any feedback or questions regarding the methods it uses to provide goods and services to persons with disabilities. Individuals who wish to provide feedback on can do so in person, by mail, telephone, facsimile transmission or email to:
Director, Corporate Services
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
1867 Yonge Street, Suite 810
Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Y5
Telephone: 416-489-2626, ext. 134
If the above methods are not suitable, those interacting with CMTO may request another method. Privacy will be respected and all feedback will be reviewed for possible action that can be taken to improve the accessibility of CMTO services. Where feedback is provided, a response will generally be provided within 10 days.
Modification of Policy
Changes will not be made to this policy unless the impact of the changes on persons with disabilities has been considered. Any CMTO policy that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities will be modified or removed.