Oakville’s 2013 Accessibility Status Update highlights the town’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 – for immediate release

Oakville’s 2013 Accessibility Status Update highlights the town’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services

Oakville’s commitment to accessibility was showcased yesterday when an update report on the town’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012-2017 was presented to the Administrative Services Committee, fittingly on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The report will go to Council on December 16, 2013, for final approval.

“Over one and a half million people in Ontario live with some form of disability,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Our annual accessibility update report is a comprehensive look at our work over the last year to ensure that everyone can fully participate in our vibrant community here in Oakville.”

The report describes the steps the town is taking to meet provincial accessibility standards, and includes a detailed list of actions by town departments over the past year to demonstrate the town’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services for all. Accomplishments include:

installing five new transit shelters and 32 additional landing pads and walkways at transit stops
renovating pool change rooms at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and Glen Abbey Community Centre
installing new accessible playgrounds at Sixteen Hollow Park, Lions Valley Park, Maple Valley Park, Lawson Park and Bayshire Woods Park
providing specialized reading aids at five Oakville library branches
offering delivery and pick-up services of library materials to 150 program users
completing renovations to the front entrance and ServiceOakville counter at Town Hall.

Plans are also underway for a town event to celebrate National Access Awareness Week in May 2014.

The town’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2012-2017 was created in consultation with Oakville’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. Review the 2013 Accessibility Status Update report from the December 3, 2013, Administrative Services Committee.

Media contacts:

Rebecca Brookes
Senior Policy Analyst
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3689
rbrookes@oakville.ca

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
jmacinnes@oakville.ca


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