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York Region Hosts Provincial Accessibility Consultation

York Region is a leader in accessibility and we remain committed to promoting and supporting accessible communities for all residents through the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee (YRAAC).

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018 York Region hosted one of the five public consultation sessions for the third review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The session was led by the Honourable David C. Onley, a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (2007 to 2014). Ontarians are invited to submit written feedback until October 1, 2018 with details on the AODA Review website.

The AODA’s goal is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025 by helping build a fair society in which everyone can contribute their skills to our economy. Accessibility standards have been developed in five key areas of daily living:

  • Customer service
  • Information and communications
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Design of public spaces

The Act calls for a comprehensive review of the legislation and its effectiveness every three years. The review includes consulting with the public, in particular people with disabilities, to make recommendations for improvement.

The YRAAC advises Regional Council and York Regional Police on what can be done to make it easier for people with disabilities to use the Region’s many programs and services. The committee is made up of citizen volunteers and most members are people with disabilities. The current York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee will complete its term at the end of this month. Recruitment for the 2018 to 2022 York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee will begin this fall with appointment recommendations to Council next Spring.

More information on how we are making York Region more inclusive and accessible is available in the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. The plan outlines how York Region is meeting the requirements of the AODA and removing barriers to accessibility in York Region’s programs, services and facilities.

Additional information about York Region’s accessibility policies, legislation and resources are available at york.ca/accessibility



York,Region,Hosts,Provincial,Accessibility,Consultation On Wednesday, August 29, 2018 York Region hosted one of the five public consultation sessions for the third review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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