Natus is committed to a learning 和工作 environment which provides for the fullest development of the potential of its community members. Natus embraces the environmental model of disability as operationalized in the World Health Organizations, 残疾的定义. 在这个模型中, disability is viewed as a consequence of barriers created by design flaws in the built and human environment. 正是这些设计缺陷, 所有的人造, which prevent people with disabilities from full participation in a community. Natus is committed to breaking down the barriers which prevent the full inclusion of all of its community members in its living, 和工作.



安大略无障碍法案(AODA) came into effect in Ontario in 2005. The AODA applies to both the public and private sectors and its goal is to ensure that all Ontarians with disabilities have full access to goods, 服务, 设施, 住宿, 就业, 建筑结构和前提是一月一日, 2025. 这一目标正在通过发展实现, implementation and enforcement of provincially-set accessibility standards:

1. Customer Service Standard

2. Information and Communications Standard

3. Employment Standard

4. Transportation Standard

5. Design of Public Spaces Standard



The IASR establishes accessibility standards for four (4) of the five (5) standards, 包括信息和通信, 就业, 交通与公共空间设计. The IASR also establishes a compliance framework for organizations which is outlined largely in the general requirements of the regulation.

The general requirements section of the IASR include requirements related to the establishment of accessibility policies and plans as well as establishing requirements for the procurement of goods, 服务和设施. The general requirements also address self-serve kiosks and training. 这里还讨论了归档可访问性报告的豁免.


最后, it’s important to note that the IASR or any other part of the AODA does not replace or impact obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code or other laws relating to accommodation of disability. This may mean that there are additional measures or measures that are different from the AODA that are required in meeting accessibility or accommodation needs of persons with disabilities.


1. Customer Service Standard

The Customer Service Standard was the first AODA standard to be passed into law. 它于2008年1月1日生效. This standard aims to ensure that those offering 服务 to the public do so in ways that take into account the needs of persons with disabilities. Thus a range of initiatives are required under this standard including development of policies related to accessible customer service practice, 以及提供无障碍客户服务的培训. 类似于AODA的其他部分, dates for compliance with various requirements in the standard vary depending on size and type of the organization. 作为一个大型公共部门组织, 有20多人, Natus was required to comply with requirements in this standard by January 1, 2010.

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2. Information and Communications Standard

This standard establishes requirements for organizations to create, provide and receive information and communications in ways which are accessible for persons with disabilities. 本标准规定了以下方面的要求:

  • 反馈
  • 可访问的格式和通信支持
  • 应急程序、计划和公共安全信息
  • 可访问的网站和网页内容
  • ag8集团只为非凡享受及培训资源及材料
  • 培训教师
  • ag8集团只为非凡享受和培训材料的生产者
  • Libraries of educational and training institutions; and
  • 公共图书馆

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3. Employment Standard

The 就业标准 requires that employers provide for accessibility across the entire 就业 cycle. This standard aims to address barriers so that employees can reach their full potential. Issues addressed through this standard include notification of the availability of accommodation throughout the 就业 cycle and the need for development of policies and procedures related to written individual accommodation plans, 以及个人应急响应信息.

Natus has developed policies and practices to bring the organization into compliance with this standard including development of a template and process to respond to individuals who may require accommodation during emergency situations. Issues related to accommodation in the 就业 process have been addressed in the new 残疾雇员住宿政策 (2014).



4. Transportation Standard

This standard applies to transportation providers including municipalities, 大学, 大学, 医院和学校董事会. The aim is to make 服务 accessible to persons with disabilities in order to support them in living, 在他们的社区工作和参与. 便捷的交通也将惠及老年人, 有婴儿车的家庭和去安大略的人. This standard is extensive and covers multiple aspects of accessible transportation from policies and procedures to service and technical aspects related to accessible features and equipment.

5. Design of Public Spaces Standard (formerly the Built Environment Standard)

这个标准是最后一个生效的标准. 它于2013年1月1日成为法律. The aim is to improve the accessibility of public spaces through implementation of design features to the built environment. This standard works in conjunction with the Ontario Building Code by regulation aspects not covered in this code. Largely this means introduction of requirements for outdoor spaces; however, this standard also addresses interior space related to the provision of service such as waiting areas, 服务柜台和排队的队伍. 本标准所涵盖的其他领域包括:

  • 康乐径及泳滩通道
  • 户外公共用餐区
  • 户外游戏空间
  • 外部旅行路径
  • 可以停车
  • 维护