Accessibility

The Township of Perth East is committed to strive to ensure that people of all ages and abilities enjoy the same opportunity as they live, work, visit, or play in our community. The Township of Perth East is a member municipality of the County of Perth and as such, is a full participant and supporter of the new County of Perth Joint Accessibility Plan. We are working actively to provide increased accessibility in the Township of Perth East through the prevention of new barriers and reduction and removal of existing barriers.

The Township of Perth East will, upon request, provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities.  It will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.  It will provide the agreed upon accessible formats and communication supports:

  • in a timely manner that takes into account the person's accessibility needs due to disability; and
  • at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to other persons.

Publications will be made available in alternative formats upon request by contacting the Township of Perth East by email or phone at 519-595-2800 ext. 223

Background

The Province of Ontario enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) on June 13, 2005. The Integrated Accessibiity Standards are available through the link to elaws. The AODA focuses on improving Accessibility in areas such as buildings and spaces, employment, customer service, communications and transportation.

The AODA includes:

  • Development of  mandatory standards to address the full range of disabilities and barriers
  • Introduction of timelines to ensure that the standards are implemented
  • Allowance for the standards to be incorporated in business and capital planning cycles to help manage the cost impact
  • Development and implementation of an enforcement tool to ensure compliance with the AODA

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is currently developing standards for the areas identified in the AODA. The proposed standards are intended to make it possible for persons with disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of our community and throughout the province.

County of Perth Joint Accessibility Plan 

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (A.O.D.A.) requires demonstrated action to reduce and remove barriers, not just planning. It will also provide a clear vision with tangible standards to measure results. This will ultimately ensure improved opportunities for persons with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province.

The A.O.D.A. mandates that each municipality prepare an annual accessibility plan ensuring progress and obtaining mandatory standards thus moving towards an accessible Ontario.

This is a joint plan prepared by the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) of the County of Perth and Member Municipalities. The report describes the measures/achievements over the past reporting period, and the measures that each member municipality will take during the current reporting period, to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities who use the facilities and services, including Councils, staff, contract workers, contractors and members of the community.

This plan covers all the member municipal corporations within the County of Perth. Operated within these municipalities are recreation/culture, fire, planning and development, emergency management and public works services.

View the complete County of Perth Joint Accessibility Plan (2018-2022)

Website Accessibility

The Township of Perth East is actively working towards achieving a fully accessible website that conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. 

If you use assistive technology and the format of any content on this web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact our Webmaster and we will make every effort to provide you with a format that is accessible to you. This website allows people using text-only browsers or other assistive technology to read the content on the page, including text descriptions for all images.

To view a PDF document with suggestions on modifications you can make in your operating system and browser to help access the website, click here.

Text Size

You can adjust the size of nearly all of the text on this website by using our font size widget that is found at the top right side of the website. To change the font size, click on the "+" or "-" until you find a font size that is comfortable for you.

 Link to toolbar

Many browsers also provide a way of enlarging text and/or graphics under the "View" menu.

Screen Readers

Windows Narrator

Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program. The program gives speech feedback for menus and dialogue boxes. It does not speak the entire web page. The following steps will enable you to turn on that feature:

  • Click the Start button or press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.
  • Open Programs. Click All Programs or press P on the keyboard until All Programs is highlighted and press Enter.
  • Click Accessories or press A on the keyboard until Accessories is highlighted and press Enter.
  • Click Accessibility. If you are using the keyboard, it will already be highlighted, press Enter.
  • Click Narrator or press N on the keyboard until Narrator is highlighted, press Enter.
  • This opens the Microsoft Narrator box. The Narrator immediately begins to read instructions on how to use the feature.
  • Click OK or press Enter on the keyboard. Another window will appear with various options.
  • Click the checkbox or press the spacebar on your keyboard to customize your options. You can also adjust voice settings by clicking the Voice button or pressing V on the keyboard.

Macintosh VoiceOver Utility

VoiceOver Utility is a screen-reading program built into the latest versions (OS 10.4 and 10.5) of Apple Macintosh Operating Systems. It provides speech feedback for menus and dialogue boxes and can speak out whole web pages once configured.

Visit the VoiceOver website for more information about VoiceOver Utility.

Visit the VoiceOver download section for an accessible PDF manual or audio recordings of the Getting Started manual for VoiceOver Utility.

Alternative Text
Images on the Township of Perth East website have alternative text attributes, often known as alt text.  This means that the image can be understood by text browsers and assistive technologies such as screen readers.
Software Utilities
Some documents on the Township website are available in a PDF format.  Adobe Reader is required to open these files. You can download Adobe Reader free of charge from the Adobe website.
Resources

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

Perth East Services Brochure

View the complete County of Perth Joint Accessibility Plan (2018-2022)

View the Corporate Accessibility Policy & Procedures - Township of Perth East Policy CA.01.28.01 (A)

Feedback and Contact Us

While we make every effort to keep all content on this website accessible to all visitors, please contact us for help if you find any information on this website that you cannot access.

Building an accessible website is an ongoing process and we welcome any comments on how to improve our site's accessibility.

To view a PDF document with suggestions on modifications you can make in your operating system and browser to help access the website, click here

Provide feedback on our accessibility using the Feedback Notice.

 

 

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