Accessibility Policy

CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICY FOR PROVIDING GOODS AND SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Application

This policy applies to all employees, customers, suppliers and sub-contractors.

Policy Statement

The following is the Teksign policy statement on providing customer service to people with disabilities.  Note that the policy may be revised as other standards are introduced under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Introduction

Teksign  shall  use  reasonable  efforts  to  ensure  that  its  policies,  practices  and  procedures  are consistent with the following principles:

 1. Our commitment

Teksign strives at all times to provide its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other customers.

2. Providing goods and services to people with disabilities

Teksign is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities and we will carry out our functions and responsibilities in the following areas:

2.1 Communication

We will strive to communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.

We will train employees who communicate with customers on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.

2.2 Telephone services

We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our customers.  We will strive to communicate with customers over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly.

We will offer to communicate with customers by appropriate alternate methods if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available.

2.3 Assistive devices

We are committed to serving people with disabilities who use assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services.  We will ensure that our employees are familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our goods or services.  Restrictions may apply if visiting the plant due to safety reasons.

3. Use of service animals and support persons

Teksign is committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person or service animal on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his or her support person while on our premises.  We will also ensure that employees and others dealing with the public are properly trained in how to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal.

4. Notice of temporary disruption

Teksign will provide customers with notice if a planned or unexpected disruption occurs for any event or services usually used by people with disabilities. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.

The notice will be placed at the front entrance of our premises and on our website.

5. Training for employees

Teksign will provide training on policies, practices and procedures that affect the way goods and services are provided to people with disabilities, to employees and others who deal with the public or other third parties on their behalf, and all those who are involved in the development and approvals of customer service policies, practices and procedures.  The training will be provided to each person as soon as practicable after he or she is assigned the applicable duties.  Employees will be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to the policies, practices and procedures.

Training will outline the following:

6. Feedback process

The ultimate goal of Teksign is to meet and surpass customer expectations while serving customers with disabilities.  Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcomed and appreciated.

Feedback regarding the way Teksign provides goods and services to people with disabilities can be made by sending an e-mail to info@teksign.com.
 
Teksign will investigate and then contact the customer as soon as possible.

7. Modifications to this or other policies

We are committed to developing customer service policies that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. Therefore, no changes will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities.  Any policy of Teksign that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified.

8. Questions about this policy

This policy exists to achieve service excellence to customers with disabilities. If anyone has a question about the policy, or if the purpose of the policy is not understood, an explanation should be referred to the Executive Administrator at info@teksign.com or by telephone 519-756-1089

Related Information:

AODA Self-Certified Accessibility Report

www.AccessON.ca/compliance

Guide to the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service,
Ontario Regulation 429/07

Design: Larkin & Company