BRAMPTON, ON. (May 26, 2010) – Peel Regional Council has proclaimed the week of May 30 – June 5 as National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) in the Regional Municipality of Peel. NAAW celebrates achievements made by and for people with disabilities. It promotes access for people with any disability who encounter barriers that prevent full participation in daily activities.
“Ensuring all residents have equal access to transportation, Regional programs and facilities is important to the quality of life in our community. Peel Regional Council and staff continue to work on creating barrier-free programs and services,” said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. “I encourage everyone in Peel to recognize National Access Awareness Week in order to promote better community access for persons with disabilities.”
Approximately 171,030 people living in Peel report having a disability. Each year, NAAW encourages Canadians to strategize and develop 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
- potentially limiting policies and practices
- attitudes that foster discrimination
National Access Awareness Week will be commemorated by the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Accessibility Planning Program to raise staff’s awareness of legal duties and responsibilities under international law (the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), and national and provincial accessibility legislations (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian Human Rights Act; Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act).
For information on the Region’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and Accessibility Planning Program, visit www.peelregion.ca/corpserv/makingway/.
The Region of Peel serves 1.2 million residents and approximately 85,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Peel is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada and continues to experience significant population growth. In 2010, it is projected that the population will grow by 21,000 new residents.
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.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.