In September 2017 the membership approved the Accommodation Policy for Residents with Disabilities. The policy is available here:
The Strategies for Staying (S4S) committee is currently developing a procedure for how to handle requests for accommodations.
In the meantime, here are a few points about how to go about making a request for accommodation and what to expect:
– Requests for accommodation should be made to the OFFICE STAFF, preferably in writing.
– Requests for accommodation are a private matter and members have the right to privacy in all communications
– The definition of disability is broad. As defined in section 10 of the Human Rights Code it includes:
• 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.
– It is important to remember that not all disabilities are noticeable.
– The member will be asked to submit documentation from a medical practitioner. Documentation will include:
• the nature of the disability (e.g. mobility impairment);
• restrictions resulting from the disability (e.g. the member cannot climb stairs)
• the expected duration of the restrictions (e.g. permanent)
• the basis for the medical conclusions (e.g. any tests or assessments conducted by the healthcare practitioner)
– These documents will be kept in a private and secure location.
– All requests should be processed in a timely manner.
– The MANAGER is authorized to handle all accommodation requests, unless they determine that it will result in undue hardship to the co-op. In such cases the request will be referred to the Board of Directors.
– If the Board of Directors determines that a request will result in undue hardship for the co-op, the Board of Directors will work with the member to determine a possible solution, or will phase in the requested accommodation.