June 6, 2003

York Region holding public consultation session on draft accessibility plan

The Regional Municipality of York is holding a public consultation session about Understanding Barriers, York Regionís First Annual Accessibility Plan. This Plan showcases what the Region plans to do in 2004 to make Regional Government programs and services easier for people with disabilities to use.

The public consultation session will be held on June 17th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street in Newmarket. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by June 13th if you plan to attend the session. Sign language interpretation will be provided.

York Region Transit will provide free Mobility Plus specialized service to and from the session for people who are unable to use regular public transit because of physical and/or functional limitations. This free service is subject to availability and must be booked by 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13th by calling (905) 762-2112 or 1-866-744-1119.

Understanding Barriers is also available on the Regionís Web site at www.region.york.on.ca. under the "Whatís New" link from the home page. Deadline for comments by fax, e-mail, voicemail or mail is June 20th, 2003.

For a printed copy of Understanding Barriers, to RSVP your attendance at the public consultation session on June 17th or for more information, call (905) 895-3223 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 2000.

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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