Strategies for Staying Policy: policy on making Woodsworth accessible

WOODSWORTH HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE

STRATEGIES FOR STAYING”:  POLICY ON MAKING WOODSWORTH ACCESSIBLE

 

Approved at the GMM on November 20, 2006

1. A maximum of nine (5%) of our units (including the original “accessible apartments”) will undergo major adaptations and/or architectural changes to improve their accessibility and safety.

2. If a need is demonstrated and if the project is structurally feasible, any unit (up to a total of 9) in the medium-rise may be altered.

3. The Co-op will spend a maximum of $5,000 per unit per major upgrading project (up to a total of 9). This maximum would be in addition to any grants or other contributions that might be available. The three original “accessible units” — namely apartments 306, 307, and 310 — will be exempt from this $5,000 guideline.

4. Alterations must be approved by the Board prior to the start of any construction. If a member wishes to apply for financial grants or subsidies from outside agencies or government programs, it is that member’s responsibility to provide the Board, or its designate, the required information and signatures in order to file or fulfill the application.

5. The accessible apartments 306, 307, and 310 will continue to be allocated to people with disabilities appropriate to those units.

6. Waiting lists will be maintained for members who want to relocate to an “enhanced unit” (apartments 315, 506, 521, and three apartments yet to be determined). When a vacancy occurs, the Membership Committee shall make every effort to allocate the vacant apartment to someone whose quality of life would be improved by the specific adaptations made to that unit. The Membership Committee, however, shall not be obliged to hold the unit for a qualified resident, if that would result in an unacceptably long uncompensated vacancy of no more than three months.

7. Expenditures on common areas accessibility upgrades will be referred to the Board or membership.

8. At the member’s written request, the Co-op will install minor safety and accessibility enhancements in any townhouse or medium-rise apartment. These minor assists or safety features shall include, but not be limited to, installation of bathroom safety grab bars, replacement of standard door handles with lever handles, installation of height adjustable shelving in bedroom closets.

9. All safety and accessibility changes to a unit are permanent changes to that unit. Members will not be expected to return the unit to its original condition when they move out, nor will the Co op agree to restore the unit to its previous state for subsequent residents.

Consolidated up to April 2010 and adopted September 30, 2010.

Information on requesting an accommodation for a disability

In September 2017 the membership approved the Accommodation Policy for Residents with Disabilities. The policy is available here:

http://www.woodsworthcoop.ca/index.php/by-laws/accommodation-policy-for-residents-with-disabilities/

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.

Seniors’ fitness programs in Woodsworth

Updated:  October 21, 2016

Free programs in the co-op! Exercise programs designed for seniors led by a qualified trainer. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays in the penthouse

3:00 -3:45 pm – Fall Prevention program – balance and gentle exercises. This  program includes an evaluation of balance. Maximum number of members will be evaluated but others can participate.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Exercise. Chair and standing – More vigorous exercise. 

One and two pound weights and therabands are available. No special gear or clothing required. No floor exercises! 

The S4S contact for this program is member Carol Pasten.