Last modified: March 30, 2023

Accessibility Policy

Iranian Women Organization of Ontario (IWOO, (“Organization”, “We”) is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence.

We believe in integration and we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner. We will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario’s accessibility laws.

 IWOO is committed to meeting its current and ongoing obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code respecting non-discrimination.

 IWOO understands that obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and its accessibility standards do not substitute or limit its obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code or obligations to people with disabilities under any other law.

 IWOO is committed to excellence in serving and providing services or facilities to all customers including people with disabilities.

Our accessible customer service policies are consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity for people with disabilities.


We are committed to training all staff and volunteers in accessible customer service, other Ontario’s accessibility standards and aspects of the Ontario Human Rights Code that relate to persons with disabilities.

In addition, we will train:

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a) all persons who participate in developing IWOO’s policies; and

b) all other persons who provide services or facilities on behalf of IWOO.

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Training of our employees and volunteers on accessibility relates to their specific roles.

Training includes:

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• purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the Customer Service Standards

• our policies related to the Customer Service Standards

• how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities

• how to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person

• how to use the equipment or devices available on-site or otherwise that may help with providing services or facilities to people with disabilities.

• what to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing IWOO’s services or facilities.

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We train every person as soon as practicable after being hired and provide training in respect of any changes to the policies.

We maintain records of the training provided including the dates on which the training was provided and the number of individuals to whom it was provided.

Assistive Devices

People with disabilities may use their personal assistive devices when accessing our services or facilities.

In cases where the assistive device presents a significant and unavoidable health or safety concern or may not be permitted for other reasons, other measures will be used to ensure the person with a disability can access our services or facilities.

We ensure that our staff are trained and familiar with various assistive devices we may have on site or that we may provide that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our services or facilities.


We communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.

We will work with the person with disabilities to determine what method of communication works for them.

Service Animals

We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and third parties.

When we cannot easily identify that an animal is a service animal, our staff may ask for documentation (template, letter or form) from a regulated health professional that confirms the person needs the service animal for reasons relating to their disability.

A service animal can be easily identified through visual indicators, such as when it wears a harness or a vest, or when it helps the person perform certain tasks.

A regulated health professional is defined as a member of one of the following colleges:

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• College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario

• College of Chiropractors of Ontario

• College of Nurses of Ontario

• College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario

• College of Optometrists of Ontario

• College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

• College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

• College of Psychologists of Ontario

• College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario

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If service animals are prohibited by another law, we will do the following to ensure people with disabilities can access our services or facilities:

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• explain why the animal is excluded

• discuss with the member another way of providing services or facilities

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Support Persons

A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises.

If a fee or fare is normally charged to a customer for accessing our services or facilities, fee or fare will not be charged for support persons.  We notify customers of this as appropriate.

In certain cases, IWOO might require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person for the health or safety reasons of:

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• the person with a disability

• others on the premises

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Before making any such decisions, IWOO will:

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• consult with the person with a disability to understand their needs

•  consider health or safety reasons based on available evidence

• determine if there is no other reasonable way to protect the health or safety of the person or others on the premises

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If IWOO determines that a support person is required, we will waive the admission fee or fare (if applicable) for the support person.

Notice of Temporary Disruption

In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, IWOO will notify customers promptly.

This clearly posted notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.

Feedback Process

 IWOO welcomes feedback on how we provide accessible customer service. Customer feedback will help us identify barriers and respond to concerns.

Feedback may be provided by contacting us at

All feedback, including complaints, will be handled by appropriate staff in consultation with IWOO’s President.

 IWOO ensures our feedback process is accessible to people with disabilities  by providing or arranging for accessible formats and communication supports, on request.

Information and Communications

We have a process for receiving and responding to feedback and the process is accessible to persons with disabilities upon request.

We communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. When asked, we will provide information about our organization and its services, including public safety information, in accessible formats or with communication supports:

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a) in a timely manner, taking into account the person’s accessibility needs due to disability; and

b) at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to other persons.

We will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support. If IWOO determines that information or communications are unconvertible, the organization shall provide the requestor with:

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a) an explanation as to why the information or communications are unconvertible; and

b) a summary of the unconvertible information or communications.

We will also meet internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA website requirements in accordance with Ontario’s accessibility laws.


We notify employees, job applicants, volunteers and the public that accommodations can be made during recruitment and hiring. We notify applicants when they are individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process that accommodations are available upon request. We consult with the applicants and provide or arrange for suitable accommodation.

We notify successful applicants of policies for accommodating employees or volunteers with disabilities when making offers of employment or volunteering opportunities.

We notify staff that supports are available for those with disabilities as soon as practicable after they begin their employment or volunteering position. We provide updated information to staff whenever there is a change to existing policies on the provision of job accommodation that take into account a staff member’s accessibility needs due to a disability.

We will consult with staff when arranging for the provision of suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the accessibility needs due to disability.

We will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication supports specifically for:

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a) information that is needed in order to perform the employee’s or volunteer’s job; and

b) information that is generally available to staff in the workplace

Where needed, we will also provide customized emergency information to help a staff with a disability during an emergency.  With the staff’s consent, we will provide workplace emergency information to a designated person who is providing assistance to that staff member during an emergency.

We will provide the information as soon as practicable after we become aware of the need for accommodation due to the staff member’s disability.

We will review the individualized workplace emergency response information:

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a) when the staff member’s overall accommodations needs or plans are reviewed; and

b) when IWOO reviews its general emergency response policies.

Changes to Existing Policies

Any policies of IWOO that do not respect and promote the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities will be modified or removed.

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Dr. Noushin Khasteganan

Dr. Noushin Khasteganan is a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor and graduated from McMaster University. She has a Medical Doctorate earned in Iran in 1996. With her extensive background as an experienced Medical Doctor in the mental health care field, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice and employs a variety of therapeutic models to support the community.

Leyly Mirsanjari

Leyly has a bachelor in French language and language & civilization diploma Aix -en provence faculty,  Event management diploma from CDI college ,Peer leadership certificate from Family service Toronto,Early development (Mother craft college),Child care assistant from TDSB.

She has extensive experience in teaching French.
She also coordinate and facilitates several multicultural groups in various ages, peer support group,senior focus group, women support group focused on violence against women and healthy family healthy community.She worked 10 years at Family service Toronto, as a failitator.
Currently she is working at TDSB as an education assistant.
She has volunteered for Tirgan festival ( as outreach coordinator, guest and dignitaries coordinator and event assistant),Behnam foundation ,Karafarin and Iwoo organization.

Saharnaz Nahidi

Saharnaz has Bachelor of Art and two Master’s Degree in Psychology and research of Art from Iran. She has also studied “Addiction Recovery Support “in Canada. She was a consultant of Psychology in a Psychiatry clinic in Iran and has experience of providing help and relief for addiction, mental disorders and child care here in Canada. She is currently work as a direct support worker full time job at Community Living Toronto with mental health and disabilities residents. Also doing counselling under supervision of Ms.Akerman at Karma cares community in Toronto. Saharnaz joined IWOO as a volunteer in 2017 and has been a member of mental health committee from 2020. She has dedicated herself for educating and helping women and girls to their maximum capacity enabling them overcome barriers. Saharnaz would like to support Farsi speaking women and girls in Iranian- Canadian community.

Yasmin Fouladvand

Yasmin Fouladvand holds a Master of Finance degree from the Schulich School of Business. Through her experience in the banking sector, Yasmin stands out for her expertise in financial analysis and investment strategy development. Her unwavering passion lies in fostering fairness and promoting community growth by overcoming challenges and making a positive impact. Yasmin is passionately focused on meeting the specific needs of women and fostering opportunities for gender equity and meaningful progress.

Amin Azad

Amin Azad is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto at the intersection of engineering and entrepreneurship, with the goal of identifying educational tools to promote opportunity identification for venture creation. Amin has previously been a business mentor and educator in this space and has put together various courses and workshops with the purpose of helping entrepreneurial teams identify a need in the market and build a business around it.

Presently, he manages a consultancy service and is committed to supporting IWOO by leveraging his expertise in organizing workshops and encouraging community engagement within the entrepreneurship domain.

Guita Movallali

Guita Movallali, PhD in Psychology and BSc & MSc in Audiology, brings over two decades of diverse experience to her role. A retired Associate Professor at USWR University, she has made significant contributions to academia and nonprofit organizations. Her expertise spans research, education, and leadership, with a focus on supporting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

As CEO and Founder of the Faranak Clinic for Deaf children and Program & Development Manager at VOICE for deaf kids, Guita has championed family support initiatives. She has organized national and international conferences, conducted social media marketing for nonprofits, and initiated Parent-Child programs. Guita’s commitment to positive change is evident in her pivotal role in fostering the Parent-Child Mother Goose program in Canada. With a passion for community empowerment, Guita continues to drive impactful initiatives.

Amir Azad

Amir works at a Toronto-based Private Investment Office to manage assets on behalf of Canadian family offices. Previously Amir worked at a Financial Communication firm, supporting NASDAQ, NYSE, TSX and other Stock Exchanges. Amir has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Concordia University of Edmonton, and a Master of International Business from Queen’s University with a focus on Investments. Amir‘s professional background includes Venture Capital, Private Equity, Investments, and sustainable finance. Amir is the Director of Funding & Grants Committee at IWOO, and he overlooks the grants and fundraising efforts. Amir also has a Golden Retriever named Simba in which he enjoys hiking with.

Hengameh Saberi

Hengameh Saberi teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School. Outside academia, she has served on various nonprofit board of directors, worked as a consultant with a number of human rights institutions and brings to IWOO multi-jurisdictional experiences of organizational design and planning.