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SkillSoft Introduces New E-Learning Course to Help Organizations Comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Customer Service Standard

New Course Provides Training for Organizations on the Customer Service Standard

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SkillSoft, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small-to-medium-sized businesses, today announced a new e-learning course for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). SkillSoft has partnered with Toronto-based Sherrard Kuzz, LLP, one of Canada's leading employment and labor law firms, to develop a new e-learning course focused on educating employees about their obligations under the AODA and the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (Customer Service Standard). The course, which can be customized to include the employer's accessibility plan and other resources, is specifically designed to address the Customer Service Standard's training mandate.

"This is another example of SkillSoft serving as a trusted partner helping organizations become compliant with new legislation and standards," said John Ambrose, senior vice president, strategy, corporate development and emerging business, SkillSoft. "The new Customer Service Standard requirements are enforced through workplace inspections and administrative compliance orders, and the fines for violations may be quite high both for the organization and its executives. SkillSoft's new course will help train employees on how to communicate and interact with persons with various types of disabilities and how to interact with those who utilize assistive devices, support persons or service animals. The course will also teach employees what to do if someone has difficulty accessing the organization's goods or services."

The goal of the AODA is to achieve better accessibility for all individuals with disabilities by 2025. The first Accessibility Standard to come into force under the AODA is the Customer Service Standard which is aimed at making goods and services more accessible to persons with disabilities. The Customer Service Standard applies to organizations that provide goods or services to members of the public or other third parties and that have at least one employee in Ontario.

"Many organizations may think that they are already in full compliance with the AODA and the Customer Service Standard requirements, but in reality many are not," said Leah Simon, Sherrard Kuzz, LLP. "Organizations should ensure that they understand the requirements set out in the Customer Service Standard and take steps to comply before January 1, 2012."

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading SaaS provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables business organizations to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services. SkillSoft is on the web at http://www.skillsoft.com.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop, compliance and consumer/SMB courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) product offering includes access to more than 30,000 digitized IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search & Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, and inGenius(R).

SkillSoft courseware content described herein is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. SkillSoft has no obligation or commitment to develop or deliver any future release, upgrade, feature, enhancement or function described in this press release except as specifically set forth in a written agreement.

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