Accessibility Services Canada (formerly Accessibility Ontario) is a training and development organization that helps nonprofits and businesses in Canada to understand and comply with provincial accessibility legislation. We have helped thousands of organizations successfully meet, and exceed, their legal requirements. A trusted and respected provider of training and consultation on accessibility, Accessibility Services Canada brings solutions to your organization’s needs at each phase of compliance. Whether it is risk mitigation, complex multi-year strategies, barrier identification, accessibility audits, or ongoing training requirements, we are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all organizations.
Constance Exley, CEO
Accessibility Services Canada’s CEO and lead facilitator is Constance Exley. Constance has a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Urban Planning degree. She has worked has worked provincially, nationally, and internationally with nonprofits, businesses, and local governments. In addition to designing, coordinating, and delivering multi-year education and outreach initiatives, Constance is a frequent workshop and webinar facilitator, conference presenter, and consultant to a wide variety of organization types and sizes. She is known for being able to explain the law in plain language and making accessibility relevant to everyone’s work.
In 2010, Constance began designing and delivering a series of year-long AODA projects, funded by the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (Ontario Government), in partnership with provincial organizations. The first project was when Constance was the Founding Director of the Ontario Nonprofit Network and that project was so successful that it was extended, running from 2010-2012. Three years later (2015-2016), ONN received a second grant and Accessibility Services Canada was hired as the Subject Matter Expert to design and deliver workshops and webinars around the province.
Other ADO funded EnAbling Change projects we have lead have been with the Alliance for Healthier Communities (formerly the Association of Ontario Health Centres (2013-2014); with the Ontario Camps Association (2017-2018); and with the Ontario BIA Association (three projects: 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2018-2019 & 2019-2020).
The third project we led for the Ontario BIA Association was an EnAbling Change Project entitled “Accessibility on Main Street”. The project aimed to identify the built environment accessibility challenges experienced by OBIAA’s 300 BIAs and their more than 60,000 business members and to offer a range of possible solutions. As part of this project, Constance researched and wrote a low-cost, no-cost handbook for businesses entitled “The Business of Accessibility“.
Our current project is our fourth with the Ontario BIA Association, in partnership with the Ontario Government, and is focused on the accessibility of heritage buildings. We will be hosting an “Accessible Heritage Summit” on October 20, 2020 at Alderlea in Brampton, a beautifully restored and accessible 19th century mansion, for built environment professionals. More to come on this!