October 18, 2012
York Region committed to an accessible, inviting community for all
Accessibility plan reduces barriers for people with disabilities
York Regional Council today received an update on York Region’s 2011/2012 accessibility plan that makes the Region more inviting and inclusive for people with disabilities.
Approved by York Regional Council in January 2012, Reaching a New Standard of Accessibility: York Region’s 2011/2012 Accessibility Plan integrates accessibility into all York Region business areas to help make Regional programs, services and facilities more accessible to everyone.
As part of the update, 10 new accessibility initiatives have been added to the plan, bringing the current number to
163. Examples of initiatives are:
Information and communication upgrades at the Maple Health Centre including information boards, talking and picture boards and improvements to parking such as additional spaces and wider sidewalks
Enhancements to two of the Region’s seniors housing buildings including bathroom upgrades to make it safer and more accessible
York Region Water for Tomorrow seminars educating residents on how to create accessible gardens
A new accessible pathway at the York Region Community Safety Village, the interactive York Regional Police educational facility where children learn about fire, traffic and personal safety
Since 2003, York Region has implemented more than 700 accessibility initiatives and has created eight accessibility
To meet requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, York Region will move from annual to multi-year accessibility planning with annual status reports. The multi-year accessibility plans continue to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities.
The York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee (YRAAC) plays a critical role in developing the Region’s accessibility plan. The committee advises York Regional Council and York Regional Police on making accessibility improvements to the Region’s programs and services.
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