In December, CMHA Ontario called on the Government of Ontario to enhance accessibility for people with mental health disabilities as it makes changes to the Customer Service Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). Specifically, CMHA Ontario calls for these enhancements to provisions related to service animals, support persons and training:
- Add social workers to the list of regulated professionals that can provide service animal documentation to people with disabilities
- Remove the Customer Service Standard provisions which enable organizations to require people with disabilities to be accompanied with support persons for health and safety reasons
- Require organizations to provide training on the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as the AODA.
Read the full submission online.