Policy & Actions On Anti-Racism, Access & Equity

Anti-Racism, Access and Equity Policy and Human Rights Complaints Procedure

B: POLICY AND ACTIONS ON ANTI-RACISM, ACCESS & EQUITY

Governance

TRAILBLAZERS TANDEM CYCLING CLUB is committed to achieving representation of the diversity of the Toronto community on its Board of Directors by ensuring that it has an equitable and transparent nominations process; that this process is communicated to all members, and that members are committed to outreach beyond the current membership if necessary to achieve this goal.

Trailblazers Tandem Cycling Club nominates members to its Executive at its Annual General Meeting, which is open to all members of the community. Our A.G.M. is always held in an accessible location close to public transit, and we always have volunteers on hand at our A.G.M. to provide assistance to anyone with special needs. Nominations to the Club Executive are made in an open session and nominations can be made by anyone in attendance.

Our new member outreach process is designed to be as inclusive as possible, using public vehicles (such as our website), affiliated organizations which also serve a diverse population, such as BALANCE and CNIB, as well as word-of mouth by existing members and volunteers, who represent a wide range of diverse groups. We are committed to ongoing outreach to all members of the community.

Services

TRAILBLAZERS TANDEM CYCLING CLUB is committed to ensuring that its services and programs are accessible to diverse communities. This involves review of current outreach, communications, program planning and evaluation, to ensure goal is being met.

Trailblazers Tandem Cycling Club continually reviews its programs and services in order to ensure that they are accessible to diverse communities. Recently, this has led to two key initiatives; in 2006 a re-design of our website to make it more accessible to blind and vision-impaired users, and in 2007 the purchase of tandems in varieties of sizes to accommodate the wide range of sizes of people in the community. In addition we enhanced our programs to include group camping, trail hiking, and special tours. We are committed to ongoing review of our programs and services to ensure that they are accessible to all.

In addition to our core mandate of providing services to persons with visual disabilities, we strive to take into consideration other barriers to access, such as other disabilities, low-income persons and families.

As a significant number of our members and volunteers face financial barriers to access, we endeavour to keep costs as low as possible by keeping expenses to a minimum and obtaining funds though non-membership sources (grants, donations, etc.) as much as possible. We also have a special fund to assist members with the financial cost of our (optional) out-of-town trips. Members facing financial barriers can apply to have a portion of their costs reimbursed through a confidential application to this fund. To maintain confidentiality, this fund is administered through a small committee which is a separate entity from the Club Executive.

Training and Education

TRAILBLAZERS TANDEM CYCLING CLUB is committed to ensuring that those involved in the delivery of services and programs have the knowledge, understanding and skills to work with and provide services to members of diverse communities.

We endeavour to protect our members by screening our volunteers prior to their participation. We have a mandatory policy of training and orientation. All new members and volunteers are taken on training rides with experienced members and volunteers before participating in general activities.

Information and Communications

TRAILBLAZERS TANDEM CYCLING CLUB is committed to ensuring that all of its communications, including information on its services and programs, are accessible to diverse communities.

As we serve the blind and vision-impaired, we are committed to providing all communications in formats that are accessible to blind and vision-impaired members. Our website is accessible to screen readers. We provide all communications materials in digital, large print and/or Braille format.

We are committed to identifying and eliminating other communication barriers that may exist, for example providing translations of communications for members with difficulty reading and understanding English.

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