Quadrangle Architects Limited and Ontario March of Dimes have formed a partnership called AccessAbility Advantage to assist Ontario businesses comply with the new Accessibility Standards in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
For more information about AccessAbility Advantage please contact Business Development Manager Frances Jewett.
Phone 416.425.3463 x 7286 / 1-800-263-3463 x 7286
The first of those standards, the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, mandates that, by 1 January 2012, every business in Ontario that provides goods or services to the public, and has at least one employee, will have to comply. AccessAbility Advantage offers expert consulting to make the compliance run as smoothly as possible with limited disruption to the services your business offers. Our breadth of skills and experience enable us to offer support across the five standard areas as they are introduced.
AccessAbility Advantage services include:
- Educating employees, vendors and governance bodies in understanding the Accessibility Standards and how they apply to your business or professional organization.
- Assisting you in ensuring your business is compliant with the new standards before the deadline.
- Performing facility audits to understand how built environment modifications will improve access to your business for both employees and customers with disabilities.
- Developing innovative solutions to help you with physical, technological or other upgrades to achieve accessibility and compliance with the standards.
- Working with your organization to create and implement effective staff and volunteer training programs.
- Facilitating the filing of reports required by the legislation.
Together Quadrangle Architects Limited (QAL) and Ontario March of Dimes have the capacity and qualifications to contribute effective solutions in the field of universal design. Our years of experience and unique skills qualify our team to assist a range of customers in both the public and private sectors in complying with the new standards. Both firms are issue-driven, community minded and service oriented. We are, and have long been, champions for barrier-free access and universal design.
Our consortium is not a one-time partnership. QAL and March of Dimes have enjoyed a long-term relationship, which has included a common interest in and advocacy on behalf of persons with a wide range of disabilities. All consortium team members are fully engaged throughout the life of a project; we offer a hands-on approach to project management and continuity of key staff from start to finish.
Quadrangle Architects Limited
Established in 1986, Quadrangle Architects Limited is among Canada’s most dynamic architectural firms with a portfolio of projects serving a list of diversified clients including major players in the assisted living, residential, commercial, media, hospitality and retail industries. Quadrangle offers a wide range of expertise and services related to the rehabilitation and conversion of existing buildings, historical restorations and renovations, corporate interiors and institutional projects.
Quadrangle also has extensive experience designing and managing construction projects across Canada and the United States for national and international retailers. In addition, one of Quadrangle’s principals, Susan Ruptash, is a specialist in universal design, and sits on the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario’s Accessible Built Environment Standards Development Committee, which is developing the detailed standards in response to the AODA. Susan has authored Barrier-Free Guidelines in support of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA). She has been a member of the Ontario Building Code Technical Advisory Committee responsible for reviewing changes to the barrier-free sections of the Code.
Ontario March of Dimes
Ontario March of Dimes has been a service provider and advocate for people with disabilities for almost 60 years. The organization has provided services to people with disabilities to assist them to live independently and participate fully in community life. Ontario March of Dimes’ vision is to create a society inclusive of people with disabilities and its mission is to assist people with disabilities to maximize their independence, personal empowerment and community participation. For more than half a century, March of Dimes has expanded its range of services across Ontario, and, more recently, in other provinces. Today, March of Dimes provides services to over 40,000 children and adults with a broad range of physical and other disabilities and is one of Canada’s largest rehabilitation organizations serving people of all ages with disabilities.