BRAMPTON, ON. (May 14, 2009) – Region of Peel Council has proclaimed the week of May 31, 2009 as National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) in the Regional Municipality of Peel.
“Declaring National Access Awareness Week provides the Region of Peel and other organizations an opportunity to foster and promote better community access for people with disabilities,” said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. “Peel is committed to continually improving accessibility of its services and facilities to ensure that all residents of Peel receive the same benefits from Regional services.”
Each year, NAAW encourages Canadians to think about and find ways to break down the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities. A barrier can be a building or space design that limits mobility, communication that limits understanding of information, a lack of technology that prevents information access, potential-limiting policies and practices, and attitudes that foster discrimination.
The Region’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) and Accessibility Planning Program work collaboratively to make accessibility planning an everyday part of services to more than 171,000 Peel residents living with a disability. The Region has introduced initiatives to allow more service flexibility to persons with disabilities to travel in their community through the Accessible Transportation Coordination Office. Recently, Council endorsed the recommendations of the AAC regarding Universal Accessible Design guidelines for Peel’s new social housing developments.
During National Access Awareness Week, the Region’s Accessibility Planning Program will organize educational activities to raise staff awareness of new and pending standards developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. For information on the Region’s AAC and Accessibility Planning Program, visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/corpserv/makingway/.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 or visit www.peelregion.ca.