PROPRIETARY BUSINESSES: B
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The organization continued its strategy to consolidate a few strongly positioned related businesses that generate revenues in support of March of Dimes’ programs and services.
We continued our partnership with Motion Specialties Inc., which operates ModMobility®. This business reclaims, reconditions and sells gently used assistive devices. At fiscal year-end, the decision was made to wind up the business, given the lack of demand for the donated products, and the announcement of the Government of Ontario's pilot with the Canadian Red Cross to recycle manual wheelchairs. March of Dimes Canada and the Canadian Red Cross are currently in the process of establishing a formal relationship to support that initiative.
A steady growth rate has continued in our marketing and royalty arrangement with eSSENTIAL Accessibility Inc.™ which markets a web-based product that enables websites to be accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. An impressive array of corporate clientele have implemented this software including Mastercard, Canada Post, Kraft Foods and Tim Hortons.
The partnership with Quadrangle Architects called AccessAbility Advantage®, a joint venture arrangement to deliver consulting services in support of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), has enjoyed good performance in its first year of operation. Many contracts have been executed with favourable client feedback. An innovative and cost effective e-learning program was developed to assist organizations in meeting their obligations to train customer service employees. This joint venture delivers the following services:
- AODA readiness assessments covering all standards
- Accessible Customer Service Standards Training
- Accessible Information, Communication, Design & Training
- Facility Accessibility Audits
- Technical Design Standards & Specifications
- Policies & Procedures in all AODA Standard Areas