Recreational Respite is passionate about building capacity through education, advocacy for accessibility and inclusion and collaborative efforts through partnership. Our team strongly believes that all communities and their programs, products and services, should be accessible without barriers to all individuals with disabilities.
We have been serving various regions across Ontario Canada since 2008 in both 1:1 services and group programs. As a team our experiences, collective educational backgrounds and extensive academics in disability studies can help us identify a great deal of direction, tools and collective innovation for the delivery of services and remove barriers.
This has led to our extensive work in the areas of leadership, education and training and keynote speaking. Our Founder, Amy MacFarlane has taken our values and passions within Canada and abroad to: USA, Kuwait, Australia and Scotland (to date) and has been recognized as an international leader in her field. Amy was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award (in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
If you are interested in having us come to share our expertise through training and workshops or public speaking in the areas of: accessibility, inclusion, participation and engagement, please contact us at
Accessibility in Ontario
As you may be aware, Ontario is striving to be accessible through the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) by 2025.
Ontarian’s with disabilities have experienced discrimination and other disadvantages, which the AODA acknowledges as context for mandating the development, implementation, and enforcement of accessibility standards. These standards have been mandated in order to identify, remove, and prevent barriers in the areas of customer service, built environments, employment, information and communications, and transportation.
The AODA applies to public and private sector organizations in Ontario.
It covers 5 standards:
1) Customer Service Standard
2) Information and Communication
3) Employment Standard
4) Design of Public Spaces Standard
5) Transportation Standard
Learn about the standards you need to follow and reporting deadlines for complying with accessibility requirements: https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessibility-laws
Recreational Respite can contribute to the AODA conversation and offer insight into the areas of Customer Service Standards and the Design of Public Spaces because of our educational background (which is extensive in disability studies) and our collaborative partnerships that create inclusive and accessible environments.
If you are interested in having us come to share our expertise through training and workshops or public speaking in the areas of: accessibility, inclusion, participation and engagement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-855-7070.