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Accessibility Advisory Committee

The York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee (YRAAC) advises Regional Council and York Regional Police on how to make it easier for people with disabilities to use York Region's programs and services.

Committee members come from different backgrounds and most members must be people with disabilities.

The York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.

York Regional Council appoints 2019 to 2022 Accessibility Advisory Committee

The following individuals were appointed for the four-year term:

York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)
Regional Councillor Don Hamilton (Chair), City of Markham
Regional Councillor Carmine Perrelli, Town of Richmond Hill
Regional Councillor Tom Vegh, Town of Newmarket
Cheryl Davies
Astley Dennis
Laurie Fortnum
Lindsey Gold
Kirsten Hill
David Hingsburger
Barry Martin
Sandy Palombo
Joann Simmons
Vito Spatafora
Angelo Tocco
Scott Wollin


The 2014-2018 York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee (YRAAC) made notable contributions to over 40 York Region projects and met as a committee 16 times in their four year term.  Together, members: 

  • Advised York Region on our 2015-2021 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan and the 2016 and 2017 Accessibility Status Reports
  • Offered feedback on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance activities and reports
  • Helped York Region plan for long-term accessibility goals, which support the AODA’s ultimate goal of an accessible community by 2025
  • Helped to deliver and promote accessible customer service, which supports York Region’s commitment to be an exceptional service provider for people of all abilities
  • Provided feedback on transportation projects including the redesign of the Richmond Hill Centre Bus Terminal, the construction of the Cornell Bus Terminal at Markham Stouffville Hospital and the median multi-use path at Highway 7 and Highway 400
  • Tested York Region’s mobile app and York Region Transit/VIVA’s Mobile Fare Payment app
  • Advised on the development of the Inclusion Charter for York Region, York Region’s Seniors Strategy and our Mental Health Matters initiative, among others
  • Offered feedback on York Region’s Official Plan, our corporate brand standards and property signage for York Regional facilities
  • Participated in site visits and site plan reviews to ensure that facilities and services, like the York Region Annex Building, the Unionville Seniors Hub and the Upper York Sewage Servicing Water Reclamation Centre, meet the needs of everyone
  • Participated in federal consultations to inform the development of the proposed Accessible Canada Act
  • Raised awareness about accessibility issues and participated in National AccessAbility Week events
  • Hosted a forum entitled Building Livable Accessible Communities, which brought together accessibility advisory committee members from local municipalities, school boards and hospitals to learn about best practices in inclusive design and building livable and accessible communities
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